Allison Rooney Receives Jay Wechsler Scholarship

From left, Brain Rooney (Allison’s father), Cindy Rooney, (Allison’s mother), Allison Rooney, Becky (Wechsler) Oertel, Kiwanis President Don Casperson and Kiwanis Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz. Courtesy photo.

Kiwanis News:

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Allison Rooney with the Jay Wechsler Scholarship recently. Rooney will attend the University of New Mexico to study neuroscience and biology.

Rooney was selected because of her active service to Key Club since 2009. She was also active in Natural Helpers and Café Scientifique. Rooney led and participated in many community activities, including helping tornado victims in Missouri and Key Club’s “Soles for Sole” project, which sends shoes overseas to needy children. 

Kiwanis was founded in 1948 and is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos. It focuses on youth projects. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon at Trinity on the Hill Church in Kelly Hall. For more information on Kiwanis, visit

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