ANCHORAGE - Applications for the 2011-12 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are now available for Rotary Clubs and interested potential applicants in Alaska and the Yukon. During their studies abroad, scholarship recipients act as "ambassadors of goodwill." Through appearances before Rotary Clubs and Districts, schools, civic organizations, and other forums, the scholars represent the United States and Rotary International.
The scholarships, designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries and geographic areas where Rotary Clubs are located. The Rotary District 5010 Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee will award at least two scholarships for 2011-2012. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships are for one academic year abroad and provide funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies, and language training (if necessary), up to a maximum award of $26,000 or its equivalent.
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program is the world's largest privately sponsored international scholarship program. Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence, the program has sponsored more than 37,000 Rotary scholars abroad since it began in 1947.
For more information contact the Rotary District Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Chris Thompson by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by telephone at (907)229-2024. Interested individuals may also consult the Rotary web site at www.rotary.org, where the applications may be downloaded.
Applications must be submitted through a local Rotary club in the area of the applicant's legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment. Rotary clubs must then submit the endorsed application to the District Chairman by July 31. Interviews will be held in August and September, with finalists being submitted to Rotary International by September 30.