Rotary Scholarship

Description: The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment for the Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of $26.50 to more than $55 million contributed in 2002-2003. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.
Dollar value: There are three different types of scholarships offered by the Rotary each with their own requirements and monetary amounts.
  • Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide funding for one academic year of study in another country. This award is intended to help cover round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room and board expenses, and some educational supplies up to $26,000 US or its equivalent. Academic-Year Scholarships are the most common type of scholarship offered.
  • Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships are for two years of degree-oriented study in another country. A flat grant of $13,000 US or its equivalent is provided per year to be applied toward the costs of a degree program.
  • Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships are for either three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provide funds to cover round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and home stay living arrangements up to $12,000 US and $19,000 US, respectively. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be a citizen of a country in which there are Rotary clubs; Completed at least two years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship duties;
  • Initial application must be made through a Rotary club in the applicant's legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment;
  • Candidates cannot be Rotarians, Honorary Rotarians, or employees of a club, district, or other Rotary entity or of Rotary International;
  • The scholarships are not appropriate for students seeking to continue studies already begun at a foreign institution.
Application Procedures: Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial
Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Because application deadlines vary by club and district, only the local club can provide specific information on deadlines. For 2008-09 awards, club deadlines may be as early as 1 March 2007 or as late as 15 August 2007. Remember that scholarship availability varies by Rotary district. If the local district is not offering scholarships, an applicant may wish to inquire next year.
Rotary International, One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201, USA
Telephone: 847-866-3000
Fax: 847-328-8554 or 847-328-8281
Fellowships Coordinator:
Name: Scott Handley, Honors College, University Hall 212
Phone: 417-836-6371