BRATTLEBORO -- On Saturday, Nov. 30, the 84th annual Brattleboro Rotary Club Christmas Tree Fundraiser officially begins.

Since 1965, the Brattleboro Rotary Club has sold Christmas trees as a fundraiser for local student scholarships. Vermont-grown trees of all shapes and sizes will be sold daily in front of Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sales will begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving and continue until the trees are gone.

Applications are accepted each May from graduating seniors at the high schools in Brattleboro, Hinsdale, N.H., and Townshend, and the Austine School. Criteria for the awards are academic achievement, financial need, and community service, all of which are weighed evenly.

Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Sale support the club’s annual student scholarship awards of $2,000 to $3,000 each. To date, the club has awarded close to $500,000 in scholarships.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club, founded in 1950, is an active community service club of 80-plus members who engage in community and human service projects both locally and internationally.

The Brattleboro Rotary Club’s Gateway Foundation was established in 1986 to create a local fund to support scholarships awarded annually to Brattleboro area students pursuing college. The Gateway Foundation, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, is funded by annual Rotary fundraising projects and generous contributions from Rotarians and other community members.

For more info about Brattleboro Rotary Club or Gateway Foundation, visit brattlebororotaryclub.org.