Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation
AREF provides scholarship assistance to graduates of Arlington Virginia high schools. For many years, we have awarded a grant of $8,000, spread over 8 college semesters, to a deserving high school senior selected by our Board on a competitive basis from among applications received. Thus at any given time four students are studying with the help of AREF scholarships. As of April 2017, awardees are studying at Yale University, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Dartmouth College. Many of these students are receiving substantial financial aid from their schools and other sources. AREF's $1,000 per quarter is a cash grant that can be used for discretionary expenses such as transportation, clothing and incidentals.
The Foundation also offers the Arlington Rotary American Challenge Stipend in Memory of Audra Rafter. This award is aimed at fully funding one deserving graduate of the Arlington Community High School (an alternative high school) to complete two years's study at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), as the availability of qualified candidates and funding makes possible. Applicants for the stipend are competitively selected by the staff of Arlington Community High School.
Arlington Community High School is a fully-accredited alternative high school for students whose life circumstances have interrupted their schooling. Students must be age 16 or older, and the student body includes students who may be English language learners, older school-age and adult students working towards a high school diploma, and students who need a flexible school to accommodate work or family obligations. Specializing in credit recovery and dropout prevention, Arlington Community High School seeks to support students in their goal of graduating from high school as well as planning individualized goals for future college and career pathways. Although students are responsible to the same course requirements, numbers of credits, and SOL assessment verification as students in the comprehensive high schools, the school offers flexibility in the way and time frame in which students can earn a high school diploma.
AREF also funds other charitable works of the Arlington Rotary Club, both local and international. Last year, for example, we supported the Arlington Food Assistance Center; the Arlington Academy of Hope (School in Uganda); Arlington Thrive; hurricane disaster relief in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and other projects.
Want to help support our work in the community and around the world? We welcome your tax-deductible contributions. Please use the "Donate" button above. Under "instructions to seller" you can indicate how you want your donation to be applied, for example, "education," "international," "health/hunger," "families," etc. - or leave blank and we'll apply it where most needed. You can also indicate in that space if your gift is in honor of (iho) or in memory of (imo) someone.
The Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, IRS Tax ID 54-6046295. Donations (less consideration received) are deductible to the full extent of applicable law.
Active members of ARC are also the members of AREF. At an annual meeting of the AREF, one director is elected for a regular 5-year term, and others as may be needed to fill any vacancies on the Board. The members for Rotary Year 2017-18 are as follows:
The AREF Board (as of October 1, 2018)
Sherry Barndollar Rock (President) - Term Expiring June 30, 2022
Steve Klemp (Treasurer) - Term Expiring June 30, 2019
Gary Long - Term Expiring June 30, 2020
John Becker - Term Expiring June 30, 2021
David J. Sutfin -- Term Expiring June 30, 2022
Robert Martinson - (ex officio) - ARC President