The Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee generates funds and provides scholarships to Durham Public School students.

Each year our club awards four Rotary Centennial Scholar scholarships to students in the Student U program and a Brown Family Scholarship to one student in the Emily K program.  All students attend Durham Public Schools.  Each recipient receives a first-year scholarship and is eligible for a second-year scholarship based on several factors, including their first year grade-point average.

What the Scholarship Committee does:

  • Manages funds for the scholarships
  • Coordinates with Student U and Emily K
  • Fundraises to support the scholarships


  • Durham Public High School students
  • Participants in the Student U and Emily K programs

What you can do:

  • Support fundraising events.
  • Donate to the Lois R. Cranford Learning Legacy Fund.
  • Go to theater events—support the Brown Family Scholarship and have fun.
  • Support Student U and Emily K
    • Attend graduations and special events
    • Participate in career days

Contact Kim Shaw

For Those Interested in Rotary Scholarships:

Rotary Club of Durham, partners with local organizations to offer a limited number of scholarships to Durham students entering college. Recipients are students who attend collegiate preparation programs with our partner organizations, and those organizations, not the Rotary, choose the recipients. Tax and giving requirements prevent us from receiving direct applications or requests from students for scholarships.

As an alternative, Rotary does offer the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program (RYLA) to local high school students. For those students interested, we recommend you look into RYLA for details around eligibility, application and timing for this leadership program.