Noon Rotary Awards $1,000 Scholarships


Published on May 24 2012 5:52 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Jennifer Schmidt of St. Anthony High School and Haley Hahn of Effingham High School each received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Effingham Noon Rotary Club.  The awards were presented at the club meeting on May 23.

This marks the 24th anniversary of the Rotary Club's annual scholarship program, which began in 1989.  With the presentation of this year's two scholarships, the club has awarded a total of $38,000 since the program's inception.


The scholarship recipients are selected each year by a committee of club members, based upon the following criteria: scholastic ability, extra-curricular activities, activities outside of school, honors and awards, and a 750-word essay.  This year's essay topic was "Liberty and Justice for All".

Schmidt, who ranked first in her class at St. Anthony High School with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, will attend the University of Notre Dame, where she plans to major in accounting or finance.  She is an Illinois State Scholar and a National Merit Scholar Commended Student, as well as a member of the Society of Academic Achievement and the National Honor Society.

Schmidt lettered in volleyball for four years and was the team's captain in her senior year.  She also was a cheerleader in her junior and senior years, as well as an active member of the Student Council and several school plays.

In addition to her school activities, Schmidt performed over 150 hours of community service during her four years of high school, volunteering for FISH and Catholic Charities, and participating in a student group work camp.  She is the daughter of Kent and Liz Schmidt.

Hahn, who ranked 18th in her class at Effingham High School with a grade point average of nearly 3.89, will attend the University of Illinois, where she plans to major in business.  She was inducted into the Effingham High School Academic Hall of Fame, and she was a member of the National Honor Society, serving as treasurer of its EHS chapter.

Hahn was a member of the golf team for two years, the dance team for three years, and the Student Council for four years.  She also served as Class President for her sophomore, junior and senior years.

In addition to her school activities, Hahn has been very active in 4-H, working with the Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors, serving as a 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus delegate, speaking for Illinois 4-H, and attending the National 4-H Congress as a delegate.  She also has worked as a volunteer for the Humane Society.  She is the daughter of Dave and Jackie Hahn.

The Effingham Noon Rotary Club's scholarship fund is maintained from the contributions of the club's members for the purpose of honoring and encouraging the scholastic achievements, extracurricular activities and civic accomplishments of the students of Effingham High School and St. Anthony High School.