Education has been a high priority for the Rotary Club of Salisbury throughout its century-long history. The need for local school improvements spurred the club’s formation in 1920. Salisbury Rotary joined other civic clubs in supporting the $500,000 bond that funded construction of Salisbury High School, completed in 1925.
Since 1988, the club has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to college bound seniors graduating from Rowan-Salisbury high schools. For several years, those scholarships have gone where they most directly benefit the Salisbury-Rowan community — to students bound for local colleges.
Several scholarships are awarded annually to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, worth $2,000 each, as well as two $10,000 scholarships to Catawba College and two $10,000 scholarships to Livingstone College.
The club raises money for its scholarship trust with an annual raffle and donations from club members.