Sedona Obituaries

Sedona Red Rock High School 2015 graduating seniors Michael Travaglia and Lily Davis will not be stepping onto the grounds of a college or university this fall - instead, they will be boarding planes bound for Europe, embarking on year-long adventures thanks to the Rotary Club of Sedona for all of their academic achievements.Michael Travaglia and Lily Davis, seniors at Sedona Red Rock High School, are the winners of two year-long study abroad  scholarships from Rotary Club of Sedona. Travaglia is traveling to Italy, while Davis is traveling to the Wallonia region of Belgium.

“As Rotarians, we believe in the power of friendships around the world to make a difference in world peace,” RCS member Jennette Bill stated. “While this may sound like a lofty belief, many good things start with small positive steps that create ripples of effect out into the world. This is what we believe this program does.”

According to Bill, Rotary International has been awarding year-long study abroad scholarships since 1974 for the purpose of advancing “international understanding, goodwill and peace through exposure to different cultures,” while providing the scholarship winners an opportunity to grow as individuals.

“The process of finding the proper applicant is the students are chosen after a process involving written applications, recommendations, scrutiny of educational successes, leadership abilities and volunteerism, as well as personal interviews,” Bill stated. If chosen, students between the ages of 15 and 18 spend up to a year living with three host families, attending school and being immersed in the respective culture.

To read the full story, see the Wednesday, May 20, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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