Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarships

Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. The 2010-11 class of Ambassadorial Scholars received $9.6 million through individual grants of $25,000. Since 1947, a total of $532 million has been awarded to 41,000 men and women. 

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Application and More Information can be found via the website here.

Selection: Candidates who are articulate, outgoing, and who can promote International goodwill and understanding through participation in Rotary activities abroad are being sought. A strong academic record is required. The Rotary scholarships cover the cost of transportation, food, lodging, tuition, books, educational supplies and a limited amount of travel within the host country. The maximum amount of the award is $25,000 including round-trip air travel; the actual amount is based on costs at a given university. There is no restriction on subject areas of study, and scholarships are tenable in countries where there is a participating Rotary program.

Eligibility: Local competition is open to all students who are U.S. citizens. All other students may apply through Rotary Clubs in their native country. To apply, a student must have completed a minimum of two years of university course work with a strong academic record. Preference is given, but not restricted, to students who wish to study in a country whose language is other than English. Thus, a superior level of foreign language skills is required at the time of selection. The candidate must be capable of doing university work and making short speeches to rotary groups in the target language. Candidates will submit a written application both in English and the second language and may be invited to an oral interview, a portion of which is conducted in the second language. Candidates may be advanced to district competition in Indianapolis. Final selection will be made by Rotary International, Evanston, Illinois. The following are not eligible to apply: Rotarians, spouses of Rotarians and their children and grandchildren, employees of Rotary International and their descendants.

For more information, contact: 

Dr. Terry R. West
Professor, Dept. Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
550 Stadium Mall Drive, CIVL Bldg.
Purdue University
Phone: 765-494-3296
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Office: Room 3245, CIVL

Scholarship Type: General Scholarships