By nurturing youth, Rotarians can provide the skills young people need to succeed as future community leaders. Youth Programs provide Rotarians the opportunity to develop their own leadership and communication skills and also provides for many incredible moments!
"What guides us is children's response, their joy in learning to dance, to sing, to live together. It should be a guide to the whole world." ~ Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), American violinist and conductor
"One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child." ~ Forest E. Witcraft, American Scholar, Teacher and Scout Leader, 1894-1967
The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors academic year scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.
1. Promote international understanding and world peace by: increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country
2. Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of "Service Above Self" through active participation in Rotary service projects
3. Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improve the quality of life for the peoples of their home community and country
4. Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community
5. Impact all areas of the world through a balanced geographical distribution of scholars
6. Encouraging Rotarians worldwide to increase the educational opportunities for scholars from low-income countries
7. Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
· Academic - $27,000 academic year - applicants must have at least finished second year of college by the time of the D5000 interview (June 18, 2011)
Rotary places special emphasis on these humanitarian areas;
· Aids awareness and eradication, children at risk, prevention of drug abuse and violence
· Concern for the aging - vocational, social, educational and physical needs of senior citizens
· Functional literacy - promote reading and writing skills
· Hunger- alleviate starvation and prevent malnutrition, agriculture
· Polio Plus - eradication and post-polio syndrome
· Preserve planet Earth - environmental awareness and protection, conservation
· Must have completed at least second year of college by the district interview date
· Must have high academic scores
· Must be sponsored by local Rotary Club
· Selected applicants must attend in-person interview - June 18, 2011
· See RI website for additional qualifications
· COMPLETE APPLICATIONS DUE TO DISTRICT CHAIR by 4:00 pm MAY 16, 2011
All prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the Rotary website for more information
Rotary Peace Fellows
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. Rotarians should reach out to candidates who demonstrate a commitment to peace and conflict resolution through academic, volunteer, or professional experience, as well as outstanding leadership abilities and high academic achievement.
- A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
- A bachelor's degree or commensurate experience as a minimum, with strong academic achievement
- A minimum of three years' combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience (master's degree) or five years' relevant work experience with current full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position (professional development certificate)
- Proficiency in a second language (master's degree) or in English (professional development certificate)
- Strong leadership skills
Individuals applying immediately after obtaining an undergraduate degree are generally not strong candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. People with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Individuals who previously participated in the Ambassadorial Scholarships program, or were Peace Fellows in the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, are required to wait a minimum of three full years before applying for a master's degree fellowship.
Individuals who participated in the Rotary Peace Centers master's degree program are not eligible for the professional development program at Chulalongkorn University.
The following people are ineligible for master's degree Rotary Peace Fellowships but may apply for the professional development certificate on an exception basis:
- Active and honorary Rotarians
- Employees of a Rotary club, RI district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
- Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any living person in the categories above
- Former Rotarians and their relatives as described above (within 36 months of resignation)
Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the Rotary website for complete information. http://www.rotary.org/en/studentsandyouth/educationalprograms/rotarycentersforinternationalstudies/Pages/ridefault.aspx
COMPLETE APPLICATIONS DUE TO DISTRICT CHAIR by 4:00 pm MAY 16, 2011
· Selected applicants must attend in-person interview scheduled on June 4, 2011 in Honolulu.
Please mail completed applications to:
Rotary Peace Fellows
ATTN Claude Thompson
PO Box 30527
Honolulu, HI 96820