July 18, 2022
Press Release by Rotarian Mike Cobb

The Rotary Club of Simcoe Gord Watts Scholarship was established in 2012 to honour one of it’s own, Gord Watts, who passed away in 2007.  Gord Watts was a long time Rotarian active in all areas of the Club.  He had a dental practice in Simcoe for a number of years, but was also an accomplished artist, active in the Lynnwood Arts Centre, now Norfolk Arts Centre.  The scholarship is awarded yearly to deserving students graduating from a Norfolk County high school who plan on a post secondary education in the interdisciplinary fine arts.
Mike Cobb of The Rotary Club of Simcoe confirmed that Watts Scholarships have been awarded to the following students; Kiara Barrow, Delhi, who will go to McMaster University (Integrated Arts), Daphne Huyge, Valley Heights, who will be attend Fanshawe College (Fine Arts) and Hannah Woodley, Holy Trinity, who will be enrolled at the University of Waterloo (Architecture).  Cobb said that tuition has increased steadily over the years but the scholarship has remained at $1,000 since the initial one in 2012.  Accordingly, Cobb said that The Simcoe Rotary Club has increased the amount to $1,500.00 this year and plans to continue at this level in the future.