Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

Rotary Club of Watertown, NY | Purple Heart Scholarship Fund

In 2004, as part of Rotary’s celebration of One Hundred years of service to people throughout the world, the Watertown Rotary Club established The Purple Heart Scholarship Fund.” The Purple Heart Scholarship Fund was established for service members who have been awarded the Purple Heart, and their immediate family members (spouse or child). Funds for this permanent endowment are raised each year by the Watertown Rotary club and managed by the Northern New York Community Foundation, which match the first $ 100, 000 that Rotarians raised.

Through 2009, Eleven scholarships have been awarded to wounded warriors and/or their immediate family members totalling over $ 28,000 to attend a number of schools throughout the United States.

The number of Purple Heart recipients continues to grow. More than 1,800 military members in the tri-county area have been wounded or killed in action in the War On Terror through 2009.


Jefferson County is home to Ft. Drum, the most actively deployed base in the United States. Businesses and other organizations have the opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by our military and their families to ensure our freedom by sponsoring the annual fund raising event, traditionally, a raffle. By contributing $ 1,000 or more to the Rotary Purple Heart Scholarship Fund, sponsors will be acknowledged in all materials developed to promote the raffle, as well as recognition at the Armed Forces Day Luncheon, Raffle drawing, presentations to military and civilian audiences and on sponsor banner displayed at the raffle ticket booth at major events throughout the area.


The Purple Heart Foundation is our club’s way of paying tribute to our soldiers and their families.

If would would like to apply for funds, find out how you can help, or would like more information about this project, please contact the Watertown Rotary Purple Heart Scholarship Fund Committee.