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Chelsea Rotary Club offers new ‘Be Like Bruce’ scholarship

Courtesy photo. Jay and Bruce Szcondronski.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Lori Coryell for the information in this story.)

The Rotary Club of Chelsea is committed to improving the quality of life for people in our community.

Through its fundraising efforts, the Club supports Chelsea students pursuing post-secondary education through scholarship opportunities. 2018 marks the inception of the Club’s “Be Like Bruce” Scholarship.

The scholarship was established in loving memory of Bruce Szcondronski – a well-respected and dedicated Chelsea Rotarian and community volunteer. The Rotary Club is looking for graduating students from Chelsea High School continuing education after graduation who demonstrate the ability to “Be Like Bruce.”

In eulogizing Bruce, Paul Schissler eloquently summed up these qualities:

“Be like Bruce: Be kind. Be a patient mentor. Encourage everyone you cross paths with. Respect every job and everyone that works at them. Work tirelessly to make your community better for everyone who works there, lives there, visits there. Maybe some of them will stay to help you. Love your family fiercely, gently, passionately, proudly. Be like Bruce. Love your friends. Laugh and party with them. Work alongside them when they need your help. Humbly and willingly give away your heart, your time, your talent, and what treasure you can spare. Do it all with plenty of smiles, hugs, and a few knowing winks. Enjoy Every Breath. Really… Be like Bruce.”

Applicants for the $1,000 will share their community involvement and volunteer participation and at least two different times they have demonstrated qualities like Bruce.

Bruce’s son, Jay, will present the award to the winner of the first “Be Like Bruce” Scholarship at Chelsea High School’s Class Night on June 1.

Rotary is proud to promote Bruce’s loving and giving spirit through Chelsea students and encourages all members of our community to “Be Like Bruce.”

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