Youth Services

Rotary’s program for students and youth can change the lives of those who participate. Through these programs, young people can earn scholarships, travel on cultural exchanges, or help our community through a service project.  Rotary’s menu of youth services are all focused on igniting the imaginations and passions of students for a lifelong career of continuous learning and generous service above self.  The Stockton Rotary club celebrates this rich tradition of Rotary International in the uniqueness, energy, and creativity our youth bring to life. Please visit our Interact page to view a program for young people ages 12 through 18.

Four Rotary Youth Services Scholarships


1. The Twenty-Five Rotarian Community Service Scholarship

This award was established by the Stockton Rotary Endowment in 1993.  It is a permanent endowment component of the Stockton Rotary Endowment (SRE) with the earnings from the component to be used as a scholarship award (or awards) to outstanding, graduating high school seniors from the Stockton area.  The recipients will be those who best exemplify the traits established by Rotary International.  These traits are:

  • High ethical standards
  • Previous dedicated service to his/her high school of graduation
  • Unselfish service to the Stockton community through community service and/or other organizations (church, synagogue, temple, service clubs, hospitals, etc.)

The process for consideration is the completion of the Rotary Club of Stockton Scholarship Application and the writing of an essay (maximum 500 words) that explains the applicant’s community service experience, academic and career objectives, and abilities/interests that will serve him/her in achieving these goals.  When completed, these should be returned to the high school scholarship guidance counselor/advisor.

The award is to be presented annually to a graduating high school senior upon selection by a special committee appointed by the Stockton Rotary Club.  The award presentation will be made at one of the weekly meetings of the Stockton Rotary Club.

The award is made without regard to financial need.  It does require that the recipient have 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, verifiable by his/her current transcript.

The award will be paid in the second semester of attendance upon verification of enrollment in any accredited two or four-year college or university within the United States.  The recipient must be a full-time student (12 credit hours/units’ minimum) and have attained a 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale at the end of the first semester of attendance.

The award monies will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the recipient and can only be used for tuition, institutional fees, or books.  Under no circumstances may the money go directly to the student.  The SRE will request sufficient documentation from the educational institution to ensure that the funds have been appropriately used.

Please submit a completed application and essay to the proper guidance counselor/advisor NLT JANUARY 15, 2020:

The Rotary Club of Stockton Scholarship Committee
P O Box 7457
Stockton, CA  95267


2. The Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship

The Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship is awarded each year to promising music students graduating from a Stockton high school who are planning to attend San Joaquin Delta College or a four-year college or university majoring in music. Delta College students transferring to a four-year accredited college or university are also eligible for the award.

The process for consideration is the completion of the Frank Thornton Smith Application for Music Scholarship Audition and a written essay (maximum 500 words) on his/her career objectives, love of music, or some other musical topic that will share some of the student’s passion for music.

Each application must also include two letters of reference (see application for details) and a current school transcript attached to the original application.  When completed, these should be mailed to the following:

Frank Thornton Smith Music Scholarship
Rotary Scholarship Committee
Stockton Rotary Endowment
P O Box 7457
Stockton  CA  95267-0457

After initial screening, qualifying candidates will be contacted to schedule and audition and personal interview (both done during the same appointment).  Students will be contacted by phone to arrange the audition if you qualify.

Audition Guidelines:

  • The audition will be conducted in the front of a panel of judges.
  • You will need three copies of your audition piece available.
  • Selected audition piece cannot be longer than 15 minutes in length.
  •  Singers will need to supply their own accompaniment.

This scholarship is not based on need.  The award requires that the recipient have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, verifiable by his/her current transcript.

Requirements and guidelines for Scholarship Payment:

  • The award will be paid in semester installments upon verification of enrollment as a music major in any accredited four-year college or university (or Delta College for high school graduates) within the United States and after receipt of student tuition and fee payment requirements.
  • The recipient must be a full-time student (12 credit hours/units minimum) and have attained a 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale at the end of the first semester, in order to be eligible for the second semester payment.
  • Documentation must be received at the above address by October 15 (first semester) and March 15 (second semester) otherwise the designated scholarship money will be awarded to new scholarship applicants.
  • The award monies will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the recipient and can only be used for tuition, instructional fees, and or books.

Under no circumstances may the money go directly to the student.  Stockton Rotary Endowment will require sufficient documentation from the educational institution to ensure that the funds have been appropriately used.

 The award presentation will be made at one of the weekly meetings of the Stockton Rotary Club.

 All applications must be received by January 31, 2020 to be considered.


3. Susan Drake Interact Scholarship Award.

This award was established by the Stockton Rotary Club in 2010.  It is named for Past District Governor and Past Club President Susan Drake in recognition of her outstanding work with and support of Interact on the club and the district level.  The recipients will be members from Interact Clubs sponsored by and supported by the Rotary Club of Stockton and will be those who best exemplify the traits established by Rotary International.  These traits include:

  • High ethical standards
  • Previous dedicated service to his/her Interact Club and high school
  • Unselfish service to the Stockton community through community service and/or other organizations (church, synagogue, temple, service clubs, hospitals, etc.)

The process for consideration is the completion of the Susan Drake Interact Scholarship Application and the writing of an essay (maximum 500 words) “How Interact has Impacted my Life” that explains the applicant’s involvement in club activities and how those activities have changed the direction of the applicant’s life.  When completed, these should be submitted to the Rotary Advisor to the Interact Club.

The award is to be presented annually to a graduating high school senior upon selection by a special committee appointed by the Stockton Rotary Club.  The award presentation will be made at one of the weekly meetings of the Stockton Rotary Club.

The award is made without regard to financial need.  It does require that the recipient have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 scale at the time of application, verifiable by his/her current transcript.

The award will be paid in two semester installments upon verification of enrollment in any accredited two or four-year college or university within the United States.  The recipient must be a full-time student (12 credit hours/units minimum) and have attained a 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale at the end of the first semester of attendance.

The award monies will be paid directly to the institution in the name of the recipient and can only be used for tuition, institutional fees, or books.  Under no circumstances may the money go directly to the student.  The Stockton Rotary Club will request sufficient documentation from the educational institution to ensure that the funds have been appropriately used.

Please submit a completed application, essay, and current transcript to the Rotary Advisor of your Interact Club NLT JANUARY 15, 2020:

The Rotary Club of Stockton Scholarship Committee
P O Box 7457
Stockton, CA  95267


4. The La Rue Vocational and Technical Scholarship.

The Stockton Rotary Endowment (SRE) established the La Rue Vocational and Technical Scholarship in 2013.  Earnings from the La Rue component of the SRE are used to fund the scholarships on an annual basis.  The scholarship is awarded for one year, but successful applicants are encouraged to reapply in future years. The award presentation will be made at one of the weekly meetings of the Stockton Rotary Club.

The successful recipient of this award will be recognized for significant effort to overcome adversity or serious obstacles in the pursuit of his/her career goals. In addition the scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a resident of San Joaquin County.
  • Major in a specific area of Career Technical Education.
  • Enroll in San Joaquin Delta College or another not-for-profit college.
  • Be a high school senior or 18 years old or older.

Examples of vocational careers include: Nursing, dental hygienists, medical technicians, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters etc.  *This is not an all-inclusive list but to highlight examples for students.

Please review the Scholarship Application for specific requirements and additional information.

Depending upon the identified use of the award, the money will be presented in the following manor.

  • If used for tuition or enrollment fees a check will be made out to the school or institution on behalf of the award recipient.
  • If used for the purchase of books, tools, supplies, etc. a check could be made out to a bookstore, vendor or supplier on behalf of the award winner.

Under no circumstances is the award check to be made out directly to the recipient, unless he/she has produced receipts documenting the purchase of identified books, supplies, or equipment, etc.

To be considered, a completed application, essay, letter of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted to the Rotary Office NLT January 31, 2020.

Rotary Office Address:

Rotary Club of Stockton
Stockton Rotary Endowment
La Rue Vocational and Technical Scholarship
P O Box 7457
Stockton CA 95267-0457

For further information, contact:


Jonni Redick
Scholarship Chair 2018 – 2019
Rotary Club of Stockton
jonni.redick@gmail.com