Hillsboro Rotary Scholarship Program

About Hillsboro Rotary Scholarship Program:

The Hillsboro Rotary Scholarship Program was established in 1970 through the vision of Leonard and Jean Gratteri, and the Gratteri family continues to uphold this vision. We extend our gratitude to Kenny, Sandi, Antoinette, and Lee for allowing us to be part of something truly special and legendary, embodying the spirit of service above self.

Our community outreach for Scholarship Program Funding has expanded, and we are grateful for the contributions from our community partners, including the City of Hillsboro, led by City Manager Robby Hammond, and Intel, led by Community Affairs Manager Haika Mushi, and Washington County led by Commissioner Jerry Willey.

Since 1970, we have raised over $800,000 and helped more than 304 students from the Hillsboro School District. Over the past 54 years, we have awarded scholarships to an average of 5-7 students annually, each receiving approximately $3,000.

From 1970 to 1988, around 164 students received scholarships.
From 1989 to 2004, about 75 students received scholarships.
From 2005 to 2023, 159 students received scholarships.

Since 2005, each scholarship recipient has received between $1,000 and $8,000, depending on the available scholarship funds.

Each year, we collaborate with high school counselors right after spring break to discuss our program and criteria. Schools can nominate 2-4 students to interview with our Rotarians. We select two host schools for interviews, which are conducted in May. Our committee then meets to discuss the candidates and select the winners. We attend each graduation ceremony in person to announce the winners, hold a luncheon for them in June, and invite them to join the 4th of July Parade on the Rotary Float. Each student has three years to utilize their scholarship funds or can apply for an extension. Throughout the year, we check on the students to see how they are doing.

Our success with the scholarship program would not be possible without the commitment from the Hillsboro School District leadership and high school guidance counselors.

Our 2024-2025 Scholarship Winners Are:


1. Quinn Brophy– (Glencoe HS): Cosmetology at the Aveda Institute 2.
2. Isaac Alvares– (Liberty HS): Barber/Styling at the Champions Barber Institute
3. Isaac Lacatus – (Hillsboro HS) Fire Science
4. Reese Bond – (Century HS) Mechanical Engineering


1. Chelsea Cox- (Glencoe HS): Gen Ed/Computer Science at PCC
2. Elena Reznichenko- (Glencoe HS): Business Admin/Marketing at PCC
3. Emily Nino– (Liberty HS): Nursing at PCC
4. Carson Bell– (Century HS) Flight School at PCC
5. Destany Lamaroy – (Century HS) Esthetics/ Business
6. Bree Vial — (Hillsboro HS) Radiology


1. Cohen Barackman– (Glencoe HS): Diesel Technician at PCC
2. Colby Stampflee– (Glencoe HS): Diesel Technician at PCC
3. Timothy Vandehey– (Glencoe HS): Diesel Technician at PCC
4. Madeline Fisher – (Century HS) Auto Collision Repair
5. Adelina Raanes – (Century HS) Business
6. Kim Ironbear – (Century HS) Environmental Science
7. Danny Kwihangan–(Century HS) Construction Management at PCC
8. Jibril Mohamed– (Century HS) Electrician at PCC

Scholarship Application:

To apply, include in an email to your advisor the following items:

  • Filled out Application
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript

Send your documents to your school’s counselor or talk to them in the counselor’s office.
Century High School
Hillsboro Online Academy
Hillsboro High School
Liberty High School
Glencoe High School