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Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure

At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...

Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects

Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.

Convention: Southern hospitality

The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...

Member spotlight: The power of the press

When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...

Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman

Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...

Apply for Global Grant/Scholar

Rotary Scholar Grant

Global Scholar Application

2017-2018

Deadline: February 28, 2017

Executive Summary

  • The Rotary Global Scholar grants replaces the Ambassadorial Scholarship program
  • Available for Graduate level study outside the US in a qualified RI District
  • Applicant may not be a Rotarian, lineal descendent (child or grandchild), or Rotary employee
  • Must be to study in one of six areas of focus (Appendix 4)
  • Only a current Grant Qualified Rotary Club in D 6780 may sponsor the scholar candidate
  • Scholarship application must be accompanied by letter of acceptance from school of choice
  • Scholar must have a sponsor counselor and Host Sponsor Counselor
  • Candidates will be interviewed by the DSC
  • Application for funding grant must be accompanied by the sponsor clubs letter of recommendation
  • Scholar must:
    • Begin study within 6 months of notification of grant award,
    • Live in the immediate vicinity of study institution,
    • Complete all required reports during and after scholarship period 
  • If approved, funding would be $30,000 for one academic year

 District 6780 Rotarians,

 The Rotary District 6780 Education Committee is seeking candidates for the Rotary Global Scholar Grant. With this packet, we initiate the process for selecting Applicants for study in 2017-2018. DDF funds are currently committed for one scholar; and our District contributions are matched by The Rotary Foundation World Fund.  The minimum award is $30,000, but may be higher. D6780 makes every effort to fund the entire cost of the academic year abroad. An exceptional Applicant may be considered for a longer term of support if sufficient DDF for matching is available.

The Rotary Global Scholar Grant program is a different application process than the traditional Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and it includes restrictions on acceptable programs of study. Included in this packet is important information for guiding clubs in: (1) decision-making regarding possible sponsorship of a candidate, (2) the application process, (3) club obligations for supporting and preparing a candidate for study abroad, and (4) the role of the District Scholarship Committee in the Rotary Global Scholar Grant application process. Additional pertinent information relevant to both the Sponsoring Club and Applicant(s) interested in pursuing a scholarship grant is included as appendices.

Information in this packet will be posted on the district’s website. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

Ivan Jones

Rotary District 6780
Global Scholar Coordinator, 2016-2017
1405 Madison Street
Shelbyville. Tennessee 37160
C – (931) 607-5013
E-mail: ivan.jones@tcatshelbyville.edu

Download Global Scholar Application Information

 

2016 Global Scholar Christopher Basham, pictured 3rd right, in Ghana on a Rotary medical trip. Sponsored by McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club.

 

Christopher Basham, 2016 Global Scholar, on a Peace Corps trip

 

Global Grant Scholar 2015 Valerie King and
Mt. Juliet Noon President Chris Graham