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Friday, July 13, 2007

Trying to give back a little

One of the most rewarding accomplishments as Director of Human Resources here at ROTHCO is being able to promote the Somberg’s vision of giving back to the community that has supported us for over 50 years. Each Spring, along with the buds on the trees, we start receiving applications for the Jeff Galloway Memorial Scholarship.

Each entrant is asked to provide an essay – something that tells us a little about the trials they have faced, and the challenges they have had to overcome. Something that tells us a little about their dreams, and where they would like to be in the future. The scholarship committee interviews each entrant, and every year we award 2 – sometimes 3 – scholarships. When the recipients thank us, we always try to tell them that we are getting much more out of it than we are giving – it’s great fun to be able to give back!

The ROTHCO scholarship was established in memory of Jeff Galloway, who was a long-time employee and manager at ROTHCO. Jeff faced many challenges in his life, and he had little support from his family. His untimely death prompted ROTHCO to create this scholarship as our way of remembering a valued employee and a dear friend. We wanted other young people to know that we are here to support their efforts toward growth and achievement!

ROTHCO is pleased and proud to announce the names of this year’s winners of the Jeff Galloway Memorial Scholarship:

Mark McCann who will be attending Franklin Pierce College, majoring in Psychology. Holly Kolakowski who has already begun pursuing her education with the goal toward becoming a nurse and has been accepted into BOCES nursing program. Lastly, Roy Lewis who will be attending the Long Island Culinary Academy, studying to be a chef.

We are extremely proud of all the winners, and we look forward to sharing in the joy of their success as they work toward completion of their goals.

Ginger LaLumia
Director, Human Resources