MIDLOTHIAN — The Midlothian Rotary Club is expanding the scholarship opportunities for Midlothian High School graduating seniors beginning with the class of 2011.

The Midlothian Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Scholarship was created to encourage and promote community service and leadership among Midlothian students and reward the achievements of those students who have exemplified these ideals. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders according to a press release.

“Rotarians believe that generations who develop a lifestyle of serving others, at an early age, will greatly enhance not only our community, country and world, but build a brighter future for all,” said Michael Van Amburgh, Rotary youth service committee chair.

The scholarship will be based on the actual community service activities performed by each student applicant. Community service activities will be evaluated on a point system and student names will be withheld from the Midlothian Rotary Club members and scholarship committee.

“The intent of the point system is to provide a fair and unbiased instrument for evaluating each student applicant,” said Bryan Pritchett, Rotary president. “We hope to reward good character and achievement demonstrated through the student’s community service and not let prior experiences with a student cloud our judgment in awarding the scholarships.”

Midlothian Rotary would like to thank the former Midlothian Manufacturers Association and its members, who contributed more than $1,800 of seed money to the scholarship, Amburgh said.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship award can obtain an application from the Midlothian High School Guidance Center or visit the Rotary website at www.midlothianrotary.com.