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Rotary Scholarships

The Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund
of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, NJ

Since its establishment in 1986, the Albert & Louise Davis Scholarship Fund of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, N.J. Inc. has demonstrated the ability to meet its mission as follows:

To provide scholarship grants to urban students in Elizabeth NJ and to enrich their lives and enhance their prospects of achieving the “American Dream” of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness through education.

Over the years, this mission has benefited over 338 students who have received grants totaling in excess of $509,000. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of grade point average, extracurricular activities, civic involvement and financial need. The Davis Fund has made a profound difference in many lives. Scholarship recipients have graduated from colleges and universities in NJ as well as throughout the United States including all the Ivy League schools. They have pursued areas of study in medicine, law, engineering, technology, arts, research and post secondary school vocational training.


History of the Davis Scholarship Fund

In 1982, the Rotary Club of Elizabeth began selling an innovative series of lithographs entitled “Elizabeth-Treasures of the Past” to fund the Club’s fledgling scholarship program. Then President John Jacobson earned the nickname “General John” as a result of his energetic sales efforts. The scholarship effort flourished as a result of this lithograph program as well as a very generous bequest from the estate of Albert Davis and his wife Louise.

Albert Davis was a fixture in the Elizabeth community, managing F.W. Woolworth’s store on Broad Street for many years. He donated his time and talents to Elizabeth based organizations including the Rotary Club of Elizabeth. His wife Louise shared his enthusiasm for the Elizabeth Community and in particular, its youth.

As a result of their bequest, the Davis Scholarship Fund was established as a qualified, tax-exempt charitable organization

The Davis Scholarship Fund has continued to flourish thanks to generous contributions from youth-minded individuals and corporations.


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