Funded Programs

Two Types of Programs Funded by the Foundation

  1. Eduational Programs
    There are three types of educational programs funded by the Foundation.

    1. Global Scholarship Grants:
      Ambassadorial Scholarships are one the major programs of the foundation. It is the most extensive university level international educational scholarship program in the world. Based on funds donated to the Foundation, each year, our District is awarded one or two scholarships. The most familiar of these scholarships is the Academic Year Scholarships which are for non Rotarians to study abroad at a college or university for one year. The program serves both an educational and as a cultural exchange. Students are sponsored by a Rotary Club in their home country and hosted by one or more clubs in the area where the university they are attending is located. During their year of study, they are also expected to visit with the Rotary clubs in the area. Upon return to their home country, it is also anticipated they will give programs to the sponsoring club and other clubs in the area. Many scholars become Rotarians. In addition, Rotary awards Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships for two or three years of degree-oriented study abroad; Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarships for three or six months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country; and Vocational Study Scholarships, awarded on a world-competitive basis. Funding is based on the type of scholarship. The academic year scholarship covering round trip transportation, tuition and fees reasonable living expenses, limited language training (as determined by the Rotary Foundation), and miscellaneous expenses has a specified limit which was $24,000 in 2000-2001.Scholarship applications should be initiated in the fall of each year and the District Scholarship committee meets in the spring to select the recipients of the scholarship for the studying abroad the following year. The committee chair and Information on the program can be found on the district website or from the scholarship chair person for our club.
    2. Global Vocational Training Teams
      Teams of four non Rotarian business or professional men and women are selected from our District every other year to spend four to six weeks in a foreign country as guests of another Rotary District. The hosting District also sends a team to our District usually timed so that they may attend our District Conference as well as visiting the clubs within the District.The GSE teams gets the opportunity to study social, economic, business and cultural conditions and to observe how business men and professionals in their own profession operate in another country. They stay in the homes of Rotarians during their trip abroad. The GSE program is one of the important benefits of giving to the Rotary Foundation. Entitled Districts based on their District’s giving to the Foundation, select a District in another country and arrange and exchange of teams.This visiting GSE team normally concludes their visit with a presentation at the District Conference. They will make a number of presentations to clubs during their stay in the District.
    3. The Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution
      Provides opportunities for scholars to focus on dealing effectively with the obstacles that currently impede international cooperation and peace.
  2. Humanitarian Programs
    Effective July 1, 2013, the Rotary Foundation Trustees have adopted a new structure that will organize Humanitarian Programs grants into four categories.District Block Grants which allow Districts to use part of their District Designated Funds to support service activities in the district not currently covered by various other grant programs.Global Humanitarian Grants This Rotary Foundation program matches contributions raised by Rotary clubs and Districts for international service programs involving Rotary clubs in two or more countries.

Polio Plus
Is an ongoing special program to originally eliminate polio from the world by the year and has already been discussed under the Rotary Foundation. A special two-year campaign was launched on this year to raise an additional $200 million dollars with funds matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, and the World Bank. To date Rotary has contributed over $600 million dollars.