Awards Banquet

2019 Awards Banquet

Arlington Rotary Scholarship Awards Banquet and Fundraiser

To benefit the Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation (AREF)

Proceeds support AREF’s two annual scholarships for graduating
Arlington High School Students, and further community needs 

Thursday, April 25, 6 – 9 PM
Mala Tang Restaurant 
3434 Washington Blvd., Arlington

$50 per person ($25 tax deductible)
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Free parking across the street at the American Legion

Keynote Speaker: Reagan Thompson, two-time Rotary Global Grant recipient
Dinner: Multi-course Chinese Banquet, served family style; Cash bar 
Meet the scholars: 2
019 Scholarship and Stipend Awards 
Silent and Live Auctions           Thanks to our



MALA TANG restaurant served a great banquet the last two years.  Here's the 2018 menu; 2019 will be similar.  It will be served family style; you can try everything on the menu.  It's a feast!

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Keynote Speaker -- Reagan Thompson

    After graduating with honors from Stanford University, Reagan Thompson completed a double Master's program between Peking University in Beijing and the London School of Economics.  As a Washington DC-area native, Reagan competed for and won two separate Rotary Global Grants that helped make these two years of graduate school possible.  The Arlington Rotary Club is proud to have sponsored her for both these grants.  In Beijing, she was able to work on her Mandarin skills as well as understand the Chinese perspective of international events; her classmates were from around the world and her thesis was on China-India water issues.  At the London School of Economics, Reagan studied with the same group of students from China, pursuing  coursework in economics and history, and writing her thesis on the Sino-Soviet split.
    Reagan Thompson recently served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy for the First Lady of the United States.  In this role, she help launch and oversee the First Lady’s initiative focused on the well-being of children.  Reagan has previously served on the National Security Council and on Capitol Hill as a Policy Advisor.  She has also worked on Facebook’s policy team. 

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Our Sponsors


Our sincere thanks to our sponsors.  The scholarships would not be possible without them!

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Information and photos below are from last year.  

2018 Scholarship Winners

Undrakh Tsend, Yorktown High School, received the Arlington Rotary Educational Scholarship.  She is currently planning to attend Virginia Tech. Her family emigrated from Mongolia. She plays the violin, speaks English, Spanish, and Mongolian.  She volunteers at AFAC and AHC.  She wants to work for a non-profit organization or become a diplomat.
Kervin Galdamez-Carranza, Arlington Community High School, received the American Challenge Stipend. His family emigrated from El Salvador.  He attends high school full-time and works full-time.  He is a member of Key Club and has coordinated fundraising events.  Kervin will major in business administration at Northern Virginia Community College.  He wants to start his own business one day.

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Rotary: Be The Inspiration ~ RI President 2018-19 Barry Rassin