Rotary's Ambassadorial Scholarship Program
History: The Ambassadorial Scholarship program is The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best known program. It was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under this program. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study last year. It's a .000 one year scholarship whereby the recipient spends their year studying at an overseas university.
Purpose: The purpose of the program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. While studying abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and five presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups.
Basic Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work of have a secondary school education and have been employed in a recognized vocation for at least two years when the scholarship begins.
- Applicants must be citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club.
- Applicants must apply through a Rotary Club located in the area of their legal or permanent residence, or place of full-time study or employment.
- Members of Rotaract clubs are eligible to apply. Rotarians, employees of Rotary, spouses or lineal descendants of Rotarians and their spouses are not eligible to apply.
Application Process: The Rotary Club of Watertown, New York is the largest club with 135 members, within its district. The district consists of 66 clubs from souther Quebec, southern Ontario and Northern New York.
The first step is to apply at our club level by February 1, 2011. We will then interview potential candidates and submit a candidate to the district by March 31, 2011. Interviews at the district level will take place April 30, 2011 in Cornwall, Ontario, about a 2 hour drive from Watertown. This past year there were 13 candidates interviewed at the district level with the winner from Alexandria Bay. The scholarship will be for the academic year 2012-2013.