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Six students awarded STRIVE scholarships

Pictured are the six winners of STRIVE Scholarships presented by the Rotary Club of New Richmond. In front (left to right) are Madison Seeger, Kaylee Schmidt and Rachael Ziller. In back are Rotary STRIVE coordinator Mike Montello, Kim Miller, Kaleb Kier, Taylor Holmquist and High School Counselor Nichole Blaskowski.

Six New Richmond High School seniors have been awarded $6,000 in scholarships from the Rotary Club of New Richmond for bettering their GPAs this year.

The scholarships are part of the STRIVE program, a program designed to encourage students to improve their grade point average by at least half a letter grade. To qualify, seniors needed to start with a GPA at or below 3.5.

STRIVE, which stands for Seniors Taking Responsibility Improving Virtually Everything, awards scholarships ranging from $100 to $2,100 depending on the individual's increased GPA. It's sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Richmond.

Rotary member Mike Montello said the program is designed for kids who might not have taken their high school career seriously at first.

To date, the Rotary Club of New Richmond has given away about $65,000 in scholarships.

Bettering their grades isn't the only requirement of the STRIVE participants.

Qualifying students were required to improve their GPA by at least a half letter grade, maintain at least 90 percent attendance through the entire year, attend five STRIVE meetings, attend a Rotary Club lunch meeting, complete four hours of "empowerment" activities, maintain full-time status and pass all courses during the school year.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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