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Rotary Foundation Scholarships for Study Abroad in 2010-2011

Apr 10, 2009

Interested in joining the ranks of WIU History students who have studied abroad? The Macomb Rotary Club invites applications from college students of junior-level through graduate-level standing who are interested in studying abroad for the 2010-2011 academic year as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar. The application deadline is May 31, 2009, WIU Director of Scholarship Activities Janice Owens announced.

The Ambassadorial Scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in one of 189 countries and geographical regions where Rotary Clubs are located. Some one thousand scholarships will be available worldwide.

The Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship is for one regular academic year (usually nine months) of full-time study at an institution assigned by the Rotary Foundation Trustees. A grant of $25,000. is intended to defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition, fees, room, board, and one month of intensive language training.

A Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship is for two years of full-time degree-oriented study. A flat grant of $12,500 may be used for almost any field of study, as long as the scholar is enrolled in a specific university degree program and takes course work that related to the completion of one degree.

The Three-Month Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship provides a flat grant of $12,000 to be used for studying a foreign language in which the applicant may already be somewhat proficient.

The Six-Month Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship for six months provides a flat grant of $17,000. The six month scholarship is more appropriate for studying a language that presents a challenge to the applicant. Applicants are expected to have completed at least one year of college-level course work or equivalent of the proposed language of study.

During their studies abroad, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars act as "ambassadors of goodwill." Through appearances before Rotary clubs and districts, schools, civic organizations, and other forums, the scholars represent their homelands and improve international understanding.

The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Program is the world's largest privately- sponsored international scholarship program. Some $242 million dollars have been spent on over 24,270 international scholarships since the program began in 1947.

The world's first service club association, founded in Chicago in 1905, Rotary International is composed of nearly 26,000 clubs and more than 1.1 million Rotarians. Rotary clubs provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and promote international understanding and goodwill.

If interested, please contact Larry Wall (101 Stipes Hall; 298-2442) or Ron Peterson (128 East Main, P0 Box 507, LaHarpe, IL 61450; (217) 659-7776.

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