Over $59,000 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 $12,000 in scholarships to high school seniors, and presented $6,000 to student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition at the Beck Center on March 27.

The Beck Center received $2,500 for arts scholarships, and $1,860 was used to continue the club’s commitment to provide a dictionary each year to every third grader in Lakewood and Rocky River.

Seed money grants went to North Coast Health Ministry ($5,000) for a diabetic retinopathy machine, and Girls with Sole ($2,500) to fund its summer camp initiative.

American Youth Foundation scholarships totaling $3,850 were awarded to Lakewood and Rocky River high school to send students to leadership camp this summer.

Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach received $2,500 for its food programs. Cornucopia Inc. (Nature’s Bin) was awarded $2,000 for vocational training. Lakewood Community Services Center received $2,000 for its jobs program. Matthew’s Lending Library was awarded $3,362; Barton Center, $1,886; and North Coast Health Ministry, $1,500.

Grants of $1,000 each were awarded to Custom Fit Kids, HUGS Foundation, Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp., Lakewood Commission on Aging (Lakewood Foundation), Rocky River Assistance Program, Bridge Avenue School, The Singing Angels, and Youth Challenge.

Rocky River Senior Center received $600 to assist with transportation expenses, and $500 grants were awarded to H2O (Help to Others), Lakewood Education Foundation, Harrison Elementary School, Recovery Resources, and River Sprouts, Inc.

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