Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 18, 2013

Rotary Club awards $2,500 scholarships

The Andover Townsman

---- — Three local students were recognized for their successes with the $2,500 scholarships from the Rotary Club of Andover.

The recipients were singled out based on their community service, leadership, academic performance, demonstrated values/attitudes and a personal interview.

“This year’s recipients have demonstrated a maturity and commitment to their future plans that are impressive, especially when you converse directly with each of them,” Paul Mercandetti of the Rotary Club of Andover Scholarship Committee said in a release.

This year’s recipients are:

Michael E. Selima: Born and raised in Andover, Selima recently graduated from St. John’s Prep in Beverly. He has been working for the past seven years as a farmhand at Barker Farm in North Andover, where he had been growing and harvesting corn, apples and hay. Through his work on the farm, he developed a strong interest in agriculture, which led him to enroll at the University of Maine, Orono, in a program for sustainable agriculture and forestry. Selima was chosen for the scholarship based on his sincere interest in his chosen course of study and his clear direction toward his future career.

Mackenzie P. Dutton: A recent graduate of Andover High School, Dutton received the Barbara Doran Rotary Scholarship. She is a well-rounded student with broad academic interests as well as a varsity athlete in swimming and ice hockey. She was recommended because of her strong community service background. A few years ago, Dutton lost her father to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and had to take on a large role in the household to help raise her younger brother. Despite her loss and the large burden on her shoulders, she found time to coach youth hockey, raise $11,000 for ALS research and be a bereavement counselor to children at the Comfort Zone Camp. She has now enrolled in the nursing program at Endicott College in Beverly.

Alexander P. Cain: An Andover resident and graduate of St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Cain received the Phillip Mercandetti Rotary Scholarship. He has been working for the past three years on an online tutoring business that uses modern technology to provide affordable tutoring to people all over the world. He has been thorough in his research, soliciting input and advice from successful business owners and taking courses in computer technology and Internet security. He will continue his research at Hofstra University in New York where he is furthering his business and computer science studies in pursuit of his vision.

Since the inception of the Rotary Club of Andover, more than $100,000 in scholarships have been given to high school seniors living in Andover who are pursuing higher education. The program was started to help and support local students with a better start toward their careers.

The civic club meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover.