Special Academic Opportunities

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship

The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Program is currently the world’s largest privately funded international scholarships program.  It supports the mission to further international understanding and world peace.   It includes study abroad, during which students are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country through appearances before Rotary Clubs and district schools, civic organizations, and other forums.  After study students share their experiences with people of their home countries and with the local Rotarians who sponsored their scholarship.


The foundation offers three scholarship opportunities: Academic-Year, Multi-Year, and Cultural Ambassador (3 or 6 months).  Funding includes round trip transportation as well as room and board expenses.   In general, awards range from $12,000 to $25,000.


Initial application must be made through a local Rotary Club in the applicant’s legal or permanent residence, or place of full-time study or employment.

Applicants must:

  • Have completed at least two years of university or  college course work
  • Be a citizen in a country in which  there is a Rotary Club


Rotary International

One Rotary Center

1560 Sherman Ave.

Evanston, IL 60201, USA

Telephone: 847-866-3000

Web Site



Deadlines vary depending on desired semester.

(Fall) March 1, 2009

(Spring) August 15, 2009



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