The Rock Island County Rotary Club and the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation awarded the 2019 Bert Blood 4-H Scholarships to Maya Chavez, Sarah Saddoris and Brittany Olson during the Rock Island Rotary Club’s luncheon this month following presentations about their 4-H experiences by Sarah and Maya.
Saddoris received a $1,500 scholarship. She is the daughter of Michael and Amy Sadoris of Port Byron. She will graduate this spring from Riverdale High School. She has been a 9-year member of the Buccaneers 4-H Club, where she served in many leadership roles. She plans to attend Fontbonne University in St. Louis and major in Elementary Education.
Chavez received one of the $500 4-H alumni scholarships. She is the daughter of Jose and Michelle Chavez of Moline. She was a member of 4-H Teen Teachers and Speaking for IL 4-H and served on the state 4-H advisory committees. She is currently a sophomore at Augustana College majoring in International Business.
Olson received the other $500 alumni scholarship. She is the daughter of Rob and Tammy Olson of Illinois City. She was an active 10-year member of the Rockridge Royals 4-H club and is now a sophomore at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, majoring in Animal Science. Brittany will transfer to Iowa State University next year.
The Rock Island Rotary Club has been awarding the scholarships since 1973. They were started in honor of Albert M. "Bert" Blood, a longtime Rock Island businessman, who organized the Rotary Club's annual Rural/Urban program up to his death in 1972 at age 101.
In the photo, from left, Bert Blood Scholarship Committee Chairman John Wetzel, Rock Island County Rotary President Sue Lerschen-Cassatt, scholarship recipients Chavez and Saddoris, along with University of Illinois Extension county director Jenny Garner get together as the scholarship winners are announced. Not pictured is Olson.