ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Breakfast Rotary Club has awarded a vocational scholarship for $1,000 to a recent St. Charles North graduate, and it also recently recognized four students who attended a leadership conference.
Cynthia Padilla, a recent St. Charles North graduate, was the recipient of the $1,000 scholarship. According to a news release issued by the club, the scholarship is intended for a student preparing for a career that requires less than a four-year degree "to enter the world of work and become successful and productive." The release stated that Padilla is enrolled in the automotive program at Elgin Community College, where she is to begin in the fall.
Also, the club recognized four students – Billy Duhownik, Amanda Vallejera and Julia Smith from St. Charles North, and Grayson Brucato from St. Charles East. The club sponsored the students for its Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference.
According to the release, RYLA was established by Rotary International as an award for students, of high school age, who have "displayed leadership skills or potential, as shown by their active participation in groups or services."
The students spoke at a recent meeting at McNally's Irish Pub in St. Charles, describing a valuable experience. The program included motivational and educational speakers, according to the release, which added that the cost for each student was covered by the club.