Nearly $51,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.


The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River will award $10,000 in scholarships to high school seniors in May, and $4,750 to student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition at the Beck Center on March 30.

The Beck Center received $3,000 for visual arts scholarships and Bike for Beck, and $1,920 was used to continue the club’s commitment to provide a dictionary each year to every third grader in Lakewood and Rocky River.

Other grants for youth-related programs were awarded to: Mathew’s Lending Library, Recovery Resources, H2O (Help to Others), Bridge Avenue School, Girls with Sole, Magnificat High School, Lakewood Foundation Supplies 4 Success, and the American Youth Foundation programs at Lakewood and Rocky River high schools.

Lakewood Community Services Center received a $3,350 grant for programs to help its clients move toward self-sufficiency. Cornucopia Inc. (Nature’s Bin) was awarded $2,065 for its job training and placement program.

Additional community service grants were awarded to: North Coast Health Ministry, Barton Center, Providence House, Rocky River Senior Center, Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach, Rocky River Assistance Program, Lakewood Foundation for the Commission on Aging, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp., and Meals on Wheels in Lakewood and Rocky River.

The club Foundation’s assets grow each year as the result of gifts, donations and bequests by members and friends of the club.

The local club was chartered in 1926. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in more than 160 countries worldwide. Rotary, along with its partners, has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since its first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.