Rotary offers study abroad scholarships

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Applications for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships, up to $26,000 each, are available from the Rotary Club of Rockford.

Applicants should be college freshmen who plan to study abroad their junior year or upperclassmen who want to complete a year of graduate study overseas.

This scholarship is for students whose families live in the Rockford metropolitan area.

The deadline for applications is May 15.

Ambassadorial Scholarships for the academic year 2007-2008 are for one academic year abroad, and provide funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room and board, some educational supplies and language training (if necessary) up to a maximum of $26,000.

The scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 160 countries where Rotary clubs are located. 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 students represent the United States and work to further international understanding.

For more information, contact George Bass, Scholarship Committee chairman, at 397-5656. The application can be downloaded at

Currently, Rockford students participating in this program include Hannah Warren, attending Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India; and Bradley Burger, who will attend the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

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 35,000 Rotary Scholars abroad since it began in 1947.

From the Jan. 4-10, 2006, issue

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