The Rotary Club of Humble invested $17,500 in the education of 11 Humble ISD seniors at their recent annual scholarship awards meeting. There were three types of scholarships awarded. There were two CARES scholarships, six Rotary Jack Fields Sr. Endowment scholarships, and three ‘Four-Way Test’ Essay Contest scholarships. It was a good day for education and 11 deserving seniors of Humble ISD.

The two CARES (Community Award Recognizing Excellence in Service) scholarship winners were Akriti Keswani (Quest Early College High School) for $5,000 and Saul Dominguez (Atascocita High School) for $2,000. Each of the applicants submitted a brief story about a service experience that made an impact on them. They were also asked to explain how they will use Rotary's investment in their education to affect continued impact in their community. The criteria used in the selection of candidates was based on service, financial need, academic record, community/extracurricular involvement, leadership and work experience.

The Rotary Jack Fields Sr. Endowment Foundation Scholarships are given in recognition of the service to the community of Jack Fields Sr. Fields was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Humble and served for 21 years on the Humble ISD School Board. The requirements for consideration for the scholarship are academic excellence and scholarship need.

The six winners were Nia Daugherty (Humble High School), Fernanda Lago Arroyo (Kingwood High School), Noah Amar (Kingwood Park High School), Elyse Santiago (Atascocita High School), Ariah Watson (Summer Creek High School) and Kayla House (Quest Early College High School). They will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to further their education.

Humble Rotary awarded three scholarships to winners of the annual ‘Four-Way Test’ essay contest. Winners were first, Sareen Ali, $2,000; second, Carla Godoy, $1,500; and third, Kendall Womack, $1,000. Womack and Ali attend Summer Creek High School. Godoy attends Kingwood High School.

Dr. Michael Say, education committee chair, indicated that the objective of the contest was to promote Rotary’s ethical standards expressed in Rotary’s Four-Way Test. The test consists of the following questions: Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

More than 60 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a U.S. Rotarian devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks.

Say said, “These scholarships are an important part of Humble Rotary’s commitment to education. We are committed to providing our youth the opportunity to change their lives through education.”