Denise Calabrese Memorial Scholarship

The Scholarships and Awards Program of the Rotary Club of Peekskill has as its primary objectives recognizing the achievements of students graduating from Hendrick Hudson, Peekskill and Walter Panas High Schools; and encouraging higher education for young people in the Peekskill and Cortlandt area. The club’s scholarships and awards support study in a wide range of post-high school study in 4-year, 2-year and vocational programs. Distinctive to the Rotary program is the focus on service to community, school and family among criteria for selection, in addition to academic achievement. This criterion is founded on Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self.

The Denise Calabrese (Bovich) Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Denise’s lifelong desire to be a philanthropist and help those in need. Denise attended Peekskill High School where she excelled as a student, achieving both national honor society and national math honor society recognition. She was active as a band member, chorus member, wrestling statistician and community volunteer. Denise attended Pace University on scholarship where she was the lone woman in the Business Management Program and graduated with honors. She began and ended her business career at the Peekskill Area Health Care Center, now renamed Sun River Health. She rose to be the vice president of finance of the largest non-profit health care center in the country. She chose to stay here in Peekskill to help her community have a better quality of life through higher-level health care. Denise had an innate ability to be fair and compassionate to all around her while nurturing and developing her colleagues’ individual talents along the way. She loved Peekskill High School, athletics, her community, Sun River Health, and her family. Denise strongly believed that giving back to the community and helping others was the only real way to achieve true happiness.

This scholarship is designed to recognize students who demonstrate a similar passion for public service and who demonstrate academic potential, community involvement, athletic participation, community involvement and financial need. A $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded.

Applications must be received no later than April 21, 2024. They may be downloaded and sent by mail or email following the instructions on the application. Applications may also be submitted online by the clicking the "Online Application" button below.

Online Application