LOWELL -- The Altrusa Club of Merrimack Valley recently held its Annual Scholarship Dinner, at which two local students received scholarships.

The students -- Melanie Carignan and Sarah McCarty -- both of Tyngsboro, are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Education with a certification in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities program at UMass Lowell, both completing their first year with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

McCarty received a $500 scholarship offered in memory of Eleanor A. Durant, a 38-year member of Altrusa who earned her degree from Lowell State Teachers College and taught sixth grade for many years in Chelmsford Public Schools.

Carignan received the Altrusa Award of $200.

The Scholarship Committee was impressed with the students, who exhibited enthusiasm for their academic studies and leadership qualities that will enhance their teaching experiences and provide meaningful careers.

Altrusa is a service organization with a mission to promote literacy and to improve communities through volunteer service. To learn more, email altrusamv @gmail.com or visit www.altrusa.org.