The first Dick Rakes Kiwanis scholarship has been awarded to Mary Ann Nguyen, a 2010 Northside High School graduate. Here is a press release from Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore:
Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP announces the first Dick Rakes Kiwanis Scholarship, awarded Wednesday, May 26 at the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke’s scholarship luncheon meeting held in downtown Roanoke.
The recipient of this newly created scholarship is Mary Ann Nguyen, a 2010 graduate of Northside High School in Roanoke. The one-time $1,500 scholarship, which was awarded based on academic performance, community service, and need, was presented to Nguyen by Kiwanians Dick Rakes and Bob Bersch.
Rakes, who retired in 1991 after 40 years with the Firm, is one of the founders of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore and is one of the four partners for whom the firm is named.
“Volunteer service to the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke has been a very big part of his life,” says Mike Pace, Managing Partner at Gentry Locke. “We all agreed that a Kiwanis scholarship honoring Dick Rakes was appropriate.” Rakes has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke since 1972, served as past president of the Club, and has been one of the organization’s top fundraisers for 30 years.
Nguyen, a valedictorian of her Northside graduating class, maintained a 4.0+ GPA during her high school career. In addition to her scholastic achievements, she has volunteered for the Special Olympics, the Red Cross, Bradley Free Clinic, and a local food bank, and has been a first chair saxophonist for the school symphonic band. She will announce her university selection following her graduation on June 12.
The Kiwanis Club of Roanoke is a community service organization in the Roanoke Valley that caters to the needs of young children, youth, and the elderly.