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Two $12,000 Scholarships will be awarded at an upcoming Rotary Club banquet.

The Northlake-Mandeville Rotary Club is seeking sponsors for its Sunday with Scholars fundraising dinner, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 26, at Beau Chene Country Club, 602 N. Beau Chene Drive, Mandeville.

The annual fundraising banquet will include live entertainment by pianist Richard Moore, a full-course gourmet buffet, an open bar, and a silent auction. Attendees will enjoy prime rib, Fettuccini Alfredo with shrimp, side dishes, and dessert choices.

The club will award the $12,000 college scholarships to two local high school seniors based on their academic ability, community service and need for financial assistance. Candidates are drawn from the following high schools: Mandeville, Fountainebleau, Lakeshore, St. Paul’s, Saint Scholastica, Archbishop Hanna and Northlake Christian.

Sponsorship levels begin at $250, which includes two tickets to the fundraising dinner, recognition in the event program and a photo with students.

The scholarship program began in 1998 and is considered by club members to be an investment in the community. Two students are currently in medical school, and two have become physicians. Others are now local nurses and teachers, are seeking higher degrees or starting their careers.

“The Mandeville Rotary Scholarship Program is special, because it focuses not only on academic achievement but also on demonstrated community service and financial need,” club President Bill Allin said.

According to John Caulking, scholarship chairman, the award often means the difference between the student attending college or not.

The Rotary Scholars will receive $1,500 each college semester for eight semesters. Throughout their four years in the program and before getting the next semester’s check, the students return to the Mandeville Rotary Club and report on their progress.

Sponsors are asked to commit by April 16 to be recognized in the written program. For information or to become a sponsor, send email to club past President Steve Saux at ssaux@bellsouth.net.

For tickets, call John Caulking at (985) 845-4765 or visit www.mandevillerotary.org.