Dearborn Rotary awards more than $50,000 in scholarships

The Rotary Club of Dearborn recently announced that scholarships totaling more than $50,000 are being awarded to 17 graduating high school seniors in Dearborn, two Henry Ford College nursing students and a military veteran attending the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors in Dearborn are in four, merit-based categories. Each award category is endowed by or honors a past Dearborn Rotarian, who recognized the importance of education and sought to pay their own success forward by helping outstanding youth with college expenses. Award amounts range from $8,500 to $2,000 to be used for tuition, books and class fees. In the case of the Rowen Scholarship, the award can be used for expenses related to their vocational pursuit.

Receiving the prestigious Harry A. Sisson Scholarship of $8,500 is Reda Mazeh of Fordson High School. Mazeh shared that his passion lies in supporting diversity and inclusion through student and community activities. Organizer of an anti-bullying rally and a Diversity Committee leader, Mazeh traveled to the Dominican Republic with the Fordson Interact Club where he worked to rebuild shelters in a refugee camp while assisting students with necessities.

Adam Allouch of Dearborn High School and Lena Elkoussy of Fordson High School are winners of the Hugh M. Archer Scholarship, established in the memory of the longtime Dearborn resident and Rotarian. In addition to founding the Spiratex Company and many professional achievements, Archer served as president of the Rotary Club of Dearborn, Rotary District Governor, International Director, International General Secretary and International President in 1989-90.

The Past Presidents Scholarship was largely funded through the generosity of former Edsel Ford High School principal and Dearborn Rotary Past President Dr. Robert Young, and is awarded to four Dearborn Public School graduating seniors who will attend a Michigan college or university. This year’s scholarship recipients are Maya Beydoun and Grace Boettger of Dearborn High School; Luke Hetrick of Edsel Ford High School, and Maryam Shafie Khorassani of Fordson High School.

The largest scholarship category is the Otto Rowen Vocational Scholarships honoring the memory of former Rotarian, teacher and principal of Dearborn Public Schools (DPS). He established the trust fund that is administered by the Dearborn Rotary Foundation to provide scholarships for DPS students who are the best representatives in their vocational areas as recommended by their instructors.

The ten winners of this year’s Rowen Vocational scholarships include seniors Badr Algamal, Saif Alheresh, and Zeshan Arshad of Edsel Ford High School; Belal Dabaja, Khalid Esmail and Ali Kassem of Fordson High School; Dania Jadallah and Olivia Thibodeaux of Dearborn High School; and Mohammad Lakhani and Steven Rios of Henry Ford Early College.

Nearly 20 years ago, Dearborn Rotary established the Henry Ford College (HFC) Nursing Scholarship in conjunction with the Henry Ford College Foundation. This year, scholarships were awarded to two HFC students – Angela Fisher and Karmyn Long. Following graduation from HFC, both plan to attend Eastern Michigan University to become registered nurses.

The Archer Veterans Scholarship at the University of Michigan-Dearborn was made possible by an endowment funded by the Archer family, Dearborn Rotary Foundation, and Spiratex Corporation. Keivin Colbert, who served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was deployed to Afghanistan, is recipient of this year’s scholarship. A sophomore majoring in business, Colbert is active in the Student Veteran Association and other veteran organizations.

Founded in 1923, the Rotary Club of Dearborn,, is the city’s oldest service organization and is a proud member of Rotary International bringing 1.2 million members in over 34,000 individual clubs together to live the motto of “Service Above Self.”