From left: Joseph Lott, president, Arlington Rotary Foundation; Edson Flores, stipend awardee, and Barbara Thompson, principal, Arlington Mill High School.
Edson Flores, a graduate of the Arlington Mill High School, was awarded a two-year stipend of $10,000 to help with his college expenses by the Arlington Rotary Education Foundation on July 18.
The foundation is the Arlington Rotary Club’s non-profit organization for helping Arlington students. It created the Arlington Rotary Challenge Stipend to help Arlington high school graduates who have made a dramatic turn-around in their educational pursuits and who need financial support to attend college. An Arlington resident, Edson graduated from Arlington Mill in 2012 and is a server at Gordon Biersch Restaurant. He will attend Northern Virginia Community College studying business. For the past year, he has been mentoring and tutoring students in math at Arlington Mill on his days off.
Arlington Mill High School Principal Barbara Thompson said: “We are proud of Edson, a prime example of Arlington Mill students who are dedicated and committed to completing their high school diplomas. Congratulations to the Rotarians for helping him pursue his college dream.”
Rotarian Joe Lott, Foundation President, said “Edson’s activities exemplify Rotary’s spirit of service above self. Our club is pleased that we can help Edson achieve his academic goal.”
Arlington Mill High School is Arlington’s newest accredited high school has a full diploma-awarding program, offering academic, career and technical courses in day and evening classes. The school will be co-located with the Arlington Career Center beginning in August. Students enrolled in Arlington Mill High School receive their diploma from Arlington Mill.
Begun on July 4, 1929, the Arlington Rotary Club meets every Thursday at noon in the function room of La Cote d’Or Café on Lee Highway. Visitors are welcome. http://www.arlingtonrotaryclub.org/