Alice Kleeman was honored at the Rotary Club of Menlo Park’s Holiday Luncheon held at the Quadrus Conference Center. Alice retired this year after 20 years as the college counselor at Menlo-Atherton High School. She was a major supporter and advisor to the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation on its scholarship programs.
The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation (RCMPF) in 2015 granted $135,000 in scholarships to high school seniors: 18 of the scholarships went to students attending 4-year colleges and 10 went to students entering community colleges.
The community college scholarship program is significant because California is the nation’s leader in community college education, with over 2 million students, a large percentage of which are the first-generation in their families to attend college. The community college system is a leader in career education and technical training as well as preparing students to transfer and succeed at 4-year universities.
Alice was the driving force and champion behind launching and acting as an advisor for RCMPF’s community college scholarship program. The RCMPF honored her by naming its community college scholarship program the “Alice Kleeman Community College Award Program,” with the awards bearing her name from now on.
“The Rotary Club of Menlo Park is tireless in its generosity to our community,” said Alice. “I was surprised and thrilled to be honored by a group I admire so much. To have my name affiliated with the community college scholarships is an honor I will do everything possible to deserve in my retirement, as I continue to help low-income and first-generation students find their way to college.”
Photo by Michele Tsui; Alice pictured with (left to right) Rotary Board members John Blake, Doug Adams and Pete Nelson