Students who want an introduction to another culture can get financial help through Rotary Club scholarships. Spending a year abroad can help you learn the ins and outs of the education system in another country while you brush up on your language skills, but it can also be incredibly expensive. Fortunately, the Rotary Club scholarships can make the trips affordable. Read on to find out more about how the scholarships work, and how you can increase your chances of landing one of these scholarships.
Rotary Club Ambassador Scholarships cover both room and board at a school in a foreign country. The scholarships cover almost any field of study, and nearly all countries are represented. Students can choose the field of study and the school where they would like to study. The scholarships are often described as generous.
The Rotary Club provides these scholarships as a way of promoting peace and cross-cultural understanding, so students who are studying under these programs are expected to attend Rotary Club meetings in the host country. They may be asked to give presentations on their own country, and on their field of study. When students return home, they're expected to give similar presentations about the host country and how that country differs from the United States. Often, this is one of the major advantages of studying under these scholarships, as you'll develop excellent speaking skills with this experience.
There is no upper age limit for these scholarships, so even older, returning students can apply. This is a wonderful aspect of these scholarships as many older students find it difficult to land scholarships. People who are members of the Rotary Club already aren't eligible, and neither are their children. The Rotary Club wants to seem impartial when choosing recipients of this scholarship, so they enforce this rule rigorously.
Students must have at least two years of schooling completed, and they must hold a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students who choose unique fields of study might hold an advantage, as it will allow you to stand out from your peers. Choosing schools that aren't located in Europe might also be beneficial, as you'll be competing against fewer students. You must also prove that you can speak the language of the country where you're planning to study.
To apply, you'll need to contact the Rotary Club in your home city. By starting with the Rotary Club in your hometown, you'll again help yourself stand out. The Rotary Club in your university's town may be flooded with applicants asking for information. If possible, ask to meet with the president of the Rotary Club to ask for more information about the scholarship and to introduce yourself. Then, you'll be prepared to fill out the application. You will likely have two interviews; the first will be conducted by the members of your city's Rotary Club and the second will be held by the district Rotary Club. In your interviews, you'll be asked many questions about your field of study. Be prepared to speak with confidence.