Established in 1947, the original Ambassadorial Scholarship program, valued in excess of $20,000 was designed to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. With the launch of the Rotary Grants model, scholarships are now used to fund study by graduate students whose career goals support an area of focus. The funding is the same as a Humanitarian global grant with a minimum scholarship amount of US$30,000. Upon returning home, Rotary Scholars share with Rotarians and others their experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country, and what career they will go into in order to meet the six areas of focus and spread good will and understanding.
“The Rotary Foundation’s programs are all the more important because we live in a world of sharp contrasts: fear and hope, illness and good health, poverty and wealth. Worse, we live in a world in which inequalities of income, unemployment – and presumably exclusion from well-being – have sensibly increased in the last fifteen years, not so much between countries, but with countries, developed and developing alike. In such a situation, the role of The Rotary Foundation is of the utmost importance.”
Some of the world’s most distinguished leaders are alumni of Rotary’s programs (current and past), including: