Julia Lalla has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious North Shore Rotary Community Service Scholarship Award. This $8,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to community service and shows great promise for their future endeavors. Julia’s outstanding commitment to improving the lives of Staten Islanders through her service program, Caring Cards, and her exemplary academic achievements makes her a standout for this year’s award.
Julia, a graduating senior from St. Joseph Hill Academy, has been accepted into the esteemed Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, where she will begin her higher education journey this fall where will seek a major in Biology.
Caring Cards, a program started by Julia during her freshman year, involves organizing fellow students to create handmade holiday cards throughout the year. Julia’s dedication to the program has been unwavering, and she has successfully sustained it by building a strong succession plan, ensuring its continuity for years to come. The cards, simply joys, totaling over 2,000, are distributed to local homebound individuals and seniors living in nursing homes annually, bringing happiness to their lives.
Diane Arneth, President of the North Shore Rotary Club, expressed her enthusiasm about Julia’s selection as this year’s scholarship recipient. “Julia’s exceptional commitment to community service and her tireless efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of others are truly commendable. Her leadership and dedication through the Caring Cards program exemplify Rotary’s values of Service Above Self. We are delighted to award her the Community Service Scholarship and look forward to seeing her continued success in the future.”
Julia’s community involvement extends beyond Caring Cards. She actively volunteers her time with Project Hospitality and participates in the National Honor Society peer-to-tutor program, offering academic support to her peers. Additionally, Julia selflessly dedicates herself to various school functions, providing valuable assistance through her volunteering efforts.
“Julia’s embodiment of empathy and compassion is inspiring. Her drive to start the Caring Cards program and her dedication to training future generations of students to continue this initiative showcases her leadership skills and commitment to making a difference,” said Gale Strassberg, Scholarship Committee Chairperson.
Julia Lalla is an exemplary student and citizen who is leaving a lasting mark on her community through her passion for service. The North Shore Rotary Club is honored to support her educational pursuits and recognizes her as a role model for others to follow.