About Rotary Club Scholarships
By Barry Solomon
, last updated January 9, 2012
The Rotary Club, an international organization for business leaders who want to give something back to society, often grants scholarships for higher education and it is the most significant privately funded international scholarship program in the world. More than 40,000 students from over 100 nations have received one of the six different types of Rotary Scholarships over the years. Their annual grants are awarded to around 700 students and total about sixteen million dollars.
The purpose for their Ambassadorial Scholarship program is to promote international understanding and good relations among people from different nations. The scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals seeking to improve their vocational skills. They are called Ambassadorial Scholarships because the program perceives the recipients as ambassadors of good will to the countries in which they are studying. They are, in fact, expected to give presentations about their home countries to Rotary Clubs and other organizations in the host country, as well as to share their experiences with other Rotarians when they return home.
Application for Ambassadorial Scholarships must be made through your local Rotary Club. You must contact your local club to see if they participate in the program and to learn the application deadlines, which are ordinarily somewhere between March 1st and August 15th, depending on the club. To apply for a scholarship for study in 2012 - 2013, pick up an application from your club as early as possible. Research the institutions to which you plan to apply in a foreign country. Submit the completed application by the deadline date. In the fall of 2011, if your application is approved, you will receive notice of your acceptance and of your study institution assignment. By February, 2012 all scholarship recipients will receive a printed packet of information detailing the requirements that they are to complete for their upcoming term of study abroad. Though you have specified a particular institution as your choice, you may be assigned to a different one based on the geographical distribution that the clubs are seeking to achieve. At this point, you must apply to that institution and gain admission to receive your funding.