POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Pound Ridge resident and John Jay High School graduating senior Elana Kaplan was awarded the Pound Ridge Women's Republican Club’s (PRWRC) Wilma C. Rogalin Leadership Scholarship at Senior Recognition Night held at the high school Tuesday, May 19.
In recognition of her many achievements, Kaplan received an award of $1,000 at the event. PRWRC Scholarship Committee selected Kaplan for her exceptional leadership skills, academic excellence and community service. Ranked in the top 5 percent of her graduating class, she has received numerous scholastic awards including induction into the National Honor and French National Honor Societies. She was the regional finalist presenting in Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the University of Albany and placed fourth at the Westchester-Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Speaker Competition in Behavior.
In addition to excelling at field hockey, she was co-captain of the John Jay High School Varsity team and selected as an NYSPHSAA Section 1 All-League Player. Her leadership skills were manifested by her roles as co-leader of the a cappella group, co-treasurer of the French club and her participation in Chant Torah at her synagogue. While accomplishing these achievements, she maintained an above average grade point average in her course work that included many advance placement and honors subjects.
The Wilma C. Rogalin Leadership Scholarship was established in March 2012 in memoriam of Wilma C. Rogalin, a former Pound Ridge Women’s Republican Club president, who actively volunteered in all aspects of Republican Party politics at the local, state and federal levels. Her career spanned nearly 40 years at Pan American World Airways where she was the global corporate director of human resource and labor relations.
Appointed to the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Armed Services, Rogalin worked on women’s rights and entitlement in the military and served one term as chairman. In 2000 and posthumously in 2012, the New York State Senate honored her as a “Woman of Distinction.” Westchester County Government also honored her posthumously in 2012 with a proclamation.
This fall, Kaplan plans on attending Elon University in North Carolina.