Friday, June 10, 2011

Rothco Rewards a Promising Young Student

Jackie Janickey (center) Ms. Roland (Left)
As another school year draws to a close, Rothco reaches out to our local Long Island community and awards a scholarship to a deserving young high school student who has overcome significant obstacles in their life, who might of not have the opportunity to attend college. 

Rothco's Jeff Galloway Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Jeff, a long-time employee and manager at Rothco. Jeff faced many challenges in his life. His untimely death prompted Rothco to create this scholarship as a way of honoring his life and memory.  

This year's recipient of the Jeff Galloway Memorial Scholarship is Jackie Janicky of Longwood High School in Long Island, New York. I had the honor in speaking with Jackie and her BOCES Social Worker, Ms. Roland, about what this scholarship means to her and how grateful she is to have won it.

 Jackie studied cosmetology at BOCES 
Ms. Roland has been working with Jackie for over 2 years and when they first meet, Jackie had no plans to continue with school. Now with the encouragement of Ms. Roland and the aid of the Rothco scholarship not only is Jackie attending college in the fall at SUNY Delhi in upstate New York but she will be following in her mentors footsteps by studying to become a social worker herself. 

"The Rothco scholarship is wonderful, not only does Jackie receive $6000, it also pays for the cost of books, which is something you don't see most scholarships do." said Ms. Roland. 

It was under Ms. Roland suggestion that Jackie entered the Scholarship in which she wrote an essay illustrating how she learned to deal with living with family members suffering with substance abuse. 

"I am so grateful for this opportunity, It means so much to me, that I can now go away to college" said Jackie on her thoughts about winning the Rothco scholarship. Besides thanking Rothco, Jackie also wanted to thank Ms. Roland, because without her she would not be where she is today...which is on her way to college. 

Kristy Dineen
Digital Marketing Manager at Rothco

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