2013-2014 Ambassadorial Scholarships Overview
District 5450 will sponsor two Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships for studies that begin during Rotary year 2013-14. 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 for a minimum of $30,000 in order to comply with Global Grant requirements. 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. However, the specifics of this program are still under redevelopment and will be delayed until the 2014-2015 Rotary year.
Required Areas of Focus
Global Grant Scholarship Candidates must have previous work experience, intended graduate degree studies, and future career plans that are related to one of the following study areas as established by The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International:
- 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 RI Areas of Focus Policy Statements.
District 5450 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Subcommittee Chair
Phone (303) 882-8868
Fax: (303) 265-9329
- Global Grant Scholarship Candidates must have previous work experience, intended graduate degree studies, and future career plans that are related to one of the 6 Areas of Focus established by Rotary International.
- Scholars must outline a service project in their study country (it will be discussed during the district interview), and execute the service plan in the study country during scholarship time within the 6 Areas of Focus.
- The academic program must be located in a foreign country and at an institution that is a member of IES Abroad (or otherwise approved by IES).
- Scholar must have a demonstrated record of high academic achievement
- The academic program must be no less than one academic year.
- The program must be a graduate level program only.
- The Scholar must commence studies between 1 July 2013 and 30 June, 2014 and expend the scholarship funds within 12 months of starting studies.
- The applicant must complete all required reports during and after his/her scholarship time.
- Scholar may NOT be (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 in the foregoing two categories.
- Scholar or scholar’s family must live in the immediate vicinity of approved study institution, and in the host district, so that he/she can participate in the Rotary club and district activities of host district.
- Scholar must have sources of funds for expenses exceeding the $30,000 provided by the scholarship.
General Process for Applicants
1. Explore Options. Interested applicants should research study, schools and service project options.
- Applicants must pursue graduate degree studies related to one of the 6 study areas as established by The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International.
- Contact IES Abroad to explore and confirm eligible school options:
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assessment
Phone: (312) 261-5047
- Scholars may reach out to Rotary clubs in host Districts to identify service priorities in the region that match the scholars interests, or locate Rotary-led projects online in the Rotary International’s ProjectLINK.
2. Prequalification Application. Applicant must receive District approval on a Prequalification Application prior to submitting a complete Scholarship Application. The District will be reviewing and approving Prequalification Application from January 2 – February 12, 2013. While the District will accept Prequalification Applications up to February 12, 2013, we anticipate that completion of the full application (due no later than February 15, 2013) could take at least two weeks and the District will not, in any circumstance, review incomplete applications nor waive the requirement for an in-person interview on February 23, 2013.
3. Scholarship Application. Upon acceptance of the Prequalification Application, applicant must complete and submit a Scholarship Application and accompanying documents no later than February 15, 2013:
- Global Grant Application
- IES Study Abroad Waiver
- Personal Letter of Introduction
- Academic Transcript (s)
- Statement of Graduate Study Purpose/Intent
- Proposed University for Study (Outside the USA).
Study Proposal Summary
- 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 February 23, 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.