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The Rotary Club of Evanston has announced that it will name yearly scholarships it provides to Evanston Township High School students in honor of two club members – Dick Peach, a two-time president of the club, and Curt Sharp, an influential member of the club who died in 2004.
Starting this year, an annual Dick Peach Scholarship and Curt Sharp Scholarship will award $2,000 each to graduating seniors. While the scholarships will be open to all students, preference will be given to students who are interested in attending a technical or trade school after graduation. The Dick Peach Scholarship will put an emphasis on students interested in pursuing a career in a skilled trade, technical field, and/or an apprenticeship program, and the Curt Sharp Scholarship will put an emphasis on students who are interested in studying culinary arts and have demonstrated service to the community in promoting food security. Both scholarships will be renewable for one year.
Dick Peach, an alumnus of ETHS, is a longtime civic leader in Evanston noted for his many charitable activities and contributions to the community.
Curt Sharp was also known for his contributions to the community and active support of charitable causes through his catering company, Food For Thought. Evanston restaurant Curt’s Café, which employs and mentors at-risk young adults as a part of its business model, was inspired by and named for him.
“Dick Peach and Curt Sharp can be seen as true role models for young people,” said Rotary Club of Evanston President Tracy Tebear. “And we hope that naming these awards in their honor will serve as an ongoing reminder to graduating ETHS students that service above self – to both one’s community and to one’s profession – is always a worthy goal.”
“The ETHS Senior Scholarships Program appreciates the outstanding contributions of the Rotary Club of Evanston. The continuous support has made the difference in the lives of the recipients, as these scholarships recognize their academic achievements and provide opportunities for future educational endeavors,” said ETHS Scholarship Coordinator Llyoandra Cooper. “We are delighted about the dedication of these Rotary Scholarships to honor Dick Peach and Curt Sharp as it truly speaks to the indelible impact these individuals have made in our community. We are eternally grateful and appreciative of the kindness and generosity of the Rotary Club of Evanston.” The Rotary Club of Evanston has supported academic scholarships at ETHS for many years, one of a wide range of community programs it has maintained through its Charitable Fund