Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program is Ambassadorial
Scholarships, established in 1947. Since that time, more than 30,000 men
and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today,
the Ambassadorial Scholarships Program of The Rotary Foundation is the
world's largest privately-funded international scholarships program. More
than 1,300 scholarships were awarded for study in 1998-99. Through grants
totaling approximately US$24 million, recipients from some 65 countries
will study in more than 50 different nations.
Currently, three types of
scholarships are offered:
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 US$23,000 or its equivalent. The most common
type of scholarship offered, more than 1,000 Academic-Year Scholarships
were awarded for study in 1998-99.
Scholarships are for either two or three years of degree-oriented
study in another country. A flat grant of US$11,000 or its equivalent is
provided per year to be applied toward the costs of a degree program.
Mainly offered by Rotary districts in Japan and Korea, 138 Multi-Year
Ambassadorial Scholarships were awarded for 1998-99.
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 US$10,000 and US$17,000 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.
Some Rotary districts may
only offer one type of scholarship; applicants must check with the local
club regarding availability.
All applicants must be
citizens of a country in which there are Rotary clubs
Applicants must have
completed at least two years of college-level coursework or equivalent
professional experience before commencing their scholarship studies.
must be made through a local 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. Spouses, lineal
descendants (child or grandchild by blood or legal adoption), spouses
of lineal descendants, and ancestors (parent or grandparent by blood)
of persons in the foregoing categories are also ineligible. Please
note that Rotarians and their relatives remain ineligible for
scholarship awards for 36 months after a Rotarian has resigned from
disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged
In addition to the
criteria listed above, applicants for Academic-Year and Multi-Year
Ambassadorial Scholarships must be proficient in the language of the
proposed host country. Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship applicants
must have completed at least one year of college-level coursework or
equivalent in the proposed language of study.
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