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Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation kicks off community Sponsor-a-Scholar program with donation from the Tarlton Foundation

Menlo Park, CA, March 1, 2021: The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation (RCMPF) has received a pledge of $48,000 from the Tarlton Foundation (Team Tarlton) to be used for up to four college scholarships for students from the Belle Haven community. The RCMPF has provided over $2,300,000 in four-year scholarships since 1984. Local applicants are evaluated for academic prowess, community service, and financial need.

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park traditionally raises funds through the Tour de Menlo Scholarship Ride and contributions from Rotary members. This year, the RCMPF is initiating a new program, Sponsor-a-Scholar, that allows community members to participate. Individuals can sponsor a scholar with a pledge of a minimum of $2,000/year for four years, or divide that commitment with three other individuals so that the commitment is just $500/year/person for four years. Community members, companies and corporations are encouraged to participate. The Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all sponsorships are tax deductible.

“Education is in the Tarlton DNA, and learning is at the heart of everything we do. We’re delighted to partner with the RCMPF to support the next generation of leaders from the Belle Haven community,” says Elizabeth Krietemeyer, President of the Tarlton Foundation.

“This will be of tremendous benefit to our local Belle Haven community, which has been underserved for too long. We look forward to working with the local community to help more students with our scholarships,” says Theo Keet, current president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation.

About Rotary

Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization. Rotary members are business and professional leaders who volunteer their expertise, compassion, and power to improve communities at home and abroad in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary is a worldwide network of 34,000 clubs. The Rotary Club of Menlo Park consists of volunteers who are active or retired academics and business professionals who live or work in the City of Menlo Park and neighboring cities. Among other community service projects, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park has a scholarship program for high school graduates going on to college, and the club founded and maintains a community garden project with its Belle Haven partners. For more information, please visit or email

About the Tarlton Foundation

The Tarlton Foundation (Team Tarlton) is a non-profit focused on health, wellness, and educational initiatives. The Tarlton Foundation seeks to positively influence and strengthen the vibrancy and health of the community, making it a place where all individuals are able to reach their fullest potential. Key activities include fundraising for cancer research, support for biking programs, and career and educational activities in the local community. For more information, please visit