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Great night, great cause, because students matter in our community

How can you have a rocking good time while supporting an Auburn High School student's journey to education?

Join award-winning Thompson Square on their 'Just feels good' tour at the Auburn Performing Arts Center May 17. This is the 31st annual concert hosted by Auburn Rotary and KMPS 94.1, which provides scholarships to over 70 Auburn High School seniors each year, and is being billed as 'the country show of a lifetime."

For over 30 years local Rotarians have raised more than $1.2 milion to support local youth with exceptional annual performances, and this year will be no exception. Tickets start from $40.00 through Ticketmaster. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Need more incentive? On average 10 students who apply for and are awarded an Auburn Rotary Scholarship, bring that scholarship to Green River, or a cumulative of approximately 300 students. Student applications are reviewed by a committee of Auburn Rotary members, and are awarded based on both need and merit.

Average scholarships granted are $1,500 or $500 per quarter, providing significant support for students who may not otherwise be able to reach for higher education.

And in case you're wondering about the impact these scholarships have on students' lives, look no farther than Green River's Foundation office, which has a three-inch-thick stack of thank you letters that it has received from Rotary scholarship recipients over the years:

"Your generosity makes me hope that one day, I too can help others who are in need."

"My goal is to... become a Nurse Practitioner. I want to work in a rural area or small town and be able to impact my community."

"By awarding me the Auburn Rotary Scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning."

"My plan this year is to be more involved with Auburn and work with youth to get them involved with their community and education. This community has so much potential and if we don't find ways to motivate the children and youth who are first generation students we may lose them to family cycles of no education."

Join Rotarians and KMPS to help motivate youth to higher education while enjoying 'the show of a lifetime."