2014-2015 Ambassadorial Scholarships Overview

District 5450 will sponsor two $30,000 scholarships for studies that begin during Rotary year 2014-15. These will fall under the Future Vision (FV) Global Grant program with 50% funded by District 5450 and matched by 50% from The Rotary Foundation. New requirements are that the scholarships are limited to graduate study and that the study must comply with the requirements listed in Areas of Focus.

The District will continue to offer the endowed Temple Buell Architectural and Community Planning Scholarship.  Details for the 2014-2015 are being finalized and will be made available as soon as they are complete.

Required Areas of Focus
In anticipation of The Rotary Foundation’s (TRF) 100-year anniversary in 2017, the TRF Trustees set out to develop a plan to move the foundation toward its second century of service. The plan, called the Future Vision Plan, focuses TRF-funded programs to specific areas where they will have the greatest impact by addressing priority world needs that are presently most relevant to Rotarians.

As a result, to be eligible for a Rotary District 5450 Ambassadorial Scholarship, an applicant must have a background, intended graduate studies and future career plans related to at least one of the following Future Vision focus areas:
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution  
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

For more information on eligible fields of work and study under these focus areas, please see Areas of Focus - Elements of Successful Scholarships on the left.

Program Contact
Bob Forbes
District 5450 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Subcommittee Chair
Phone (303) 882-8868
Fax: (303) 265-9329
Email: bob@ForbesMA.com

General Qualifications

Eligible candidates must meet ALL of the following requirements: 
  • Demonstrated record of high academic achievement.
  • Has (1) previous work experience, volunteer experience and/or education; (2) intended graduate degree studies; AND (3) future career plans, that are related to one of the 6 Areas of Focus established by Rotary International.
  • Plans to enroll in a graduate level program commencing between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 and expend the scholarship funds within 12 months of starting studies.
  • Study institution must be located in a geographic area that has a Rotary presence. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs within 530 Rotary districts around the world. Despite this extensive reach, there are some parts of the world that do not have a formal Rotary presence due to security, safety or other issues. For further guidance, click:
  • Is NOT (1) a Rotarian; (2) an employee of a club, district, or other Rotary entity, or of Rotary International; (3) the spouse, a lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or stepchild legally adopted or not), the spouse of a lineal descendant, or an ancestor (parent or grandparent by blood) of any person who has been in the foregoing two categories within the past three years.
  • Currently works in, attends school in, or is a resident of District 5450 (which spans certain municipalities and counties in central and eastern Colorado, USA). For further guidance, see: http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Maps/ClubsMap.aspx?accountid=50085
  • Has, or will have, sufficient funds to cover any expenses throughout the scholarship time that exceed US$30,000.
  • Will endeavor to participate in a humanitarian project sponsored by the host Rotary club in the study region.
  • Will attend an orientation and work with a designated Scholar mentor to prepare for the program before traveling.
  • Agrees to report experiences no less than bi-weekly on an Internet blog, throughout the scholarship period.
  • Agrees to complete all required reports during and after the scholarship time.
  • Agrees to make a presentation about the scholarship experience to at least 2 Rotary clubs within 1 year after the completion of the scholarship program.
  • If the scholar returns to reside in District 5450 after the scholarship, agrees to support future programs by serving on the Rotary District 5450 Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee for at least one year.

General Process for Applicants

1.  Explore Options.  Interested applicants should research study and schools options.   

2.  Prequalification Application.   Applicant must receive District approval on a Prequalification Application (see Downloads on the left) prior to submitting a complete Scholarship Application.  The District will be reviewing and approving Prequalification Application from September 23– November 7,  2013.   

3.  Scholarship Application.   Upon acceptance of the Prequalification Application, applicant must complete and submit a Scholarship Application and accompanying documents  no later than December 7, 2013:

  • Complete Scholarship Application (see Downloads on the left)
  • Personal Letter of Introduction
  • Academic Transcript (s)    
  • Two Reference Letters Attesting to the Candidate’s Potential

4.  Applicant Interviews.   Applicants selected by the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Subcommittee will be notified and must attend the District Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship interview session on December 14, 2012. If the candidate is unable to be interviewed in person that day, due to scheduling conflicts, he/she will not be eligible to receive a scholarship.