Rotary ScholarshipsRotary Scholarships offer our future leaders the opportunity to make an impact at a local level in a foreign country.

Being a relatively new member of the Rotary Club of Malvern it has been an eye opener as to Rotary International’s commitment to worldwide development through its Rotary Scholarships programme.

Supporting and encouraging our future generations to get involved, be aware of their surroundings and our country’s international obligations, is not only rewarding to see them achieve but also encourages us to think ‘how personally, we can do more’ rather than sitting back and being complacent, in our comfort zone.

Rotary International provides Ambassadorial Rotary Scholarships which is the world’s largest, privately funded international scholarship programme. Rotary Scholarships are divided into three categories, Academic -1 year, Multi Year and Cultural.

The Ambassadorial Rotary Scholarships programme supports the The Rotary Foundation’s ultimate goal of world understanding and peace by:

  • Increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country
  • Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active participation in Rotary service projects
  • Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home community and country
  • Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community
  • Impacting all areas of the world through a balanced geographical distribution of scholars
  • Encouraging Rotarians worldwide to increase the educational opportunities for scholars from low-income countries
  • Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars.

Cultural Rotary scholarships are offered to those interested in intensive language study covering Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.

Students selected for Ambassadorial Rotary Scholarships are assigned a Sponsor Counsellor from the Rotarian sponsor club, who acts as an information resource and mentor to the outbound scholar.

The Sponsor Counsellor assists the scholar with preparation for district interviews, discussing Rotary’s ideals and establishing ambassadorial goals, helping the scholar gather information about his/her home community, region, and country for use in presentations in the host country plus assists with all predeparture requirements.

As further preparation the scholars generally attend a weekend orientation seminar with their Counsellor where they will meet former scholars, Rotarians who can provide practical information about the Scholarships programme, together with individuals and educators who can provide useful information about foreign countries and cultural issues.

Our Club’s first Ambassadorial Scholar was Alan Gregory who studied at the University of Mumbai in 1960/61.  Dr. Gregory has had a distinguished career in education and now, in retirement, is working on the Australian Governments’ Migration and Refugee Review Tribunal and recently was inducted as an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Malvern.

Dr. Gregory said that the Ambassadorial Scholarship “gave me an amazing opportunity to understand the peoples of India, at a local level” and to this day he continues to visit India, furthering his life’s work.

Rotary Scholarships offer young individuals with a global outlook an opportunity to make an impact in a foreign country at a local level.