College students are invited to apply for a scholarship potentially worth up to $26,000 for a year of study in a foreign country. The Rotary Clubs of District 6510 (Southern Illinois) invite interested students to apply for the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year.
One of the goals of Rotary International has been to promote world peace and understanding, and this scholarship was established to help achieve those goals. Rotary International President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar of Denmark recently said, “My dream is that every one of the youth of the world could act as an exchange student. Then there would be no more wars.”
One student from each Rotary District is awarded this scholarship each year, according to information from District 6510. Over the past six years, students from this district have studied in Argentina, Portugal, Mexico, Chile, Scotland and South Africa. Study can be toward any academic degree up to and including the doctorate level.
To be eligible, candidates must have completed at least two years of college at the time of the scholarship, which is Fall 2007. Students must have a permanent address in District 6510, which covers the southern tip of Illinois, from below Collinsville and Effingham to Cairo. Candidates must be proficient in the language of the country in which they will be studying, and applicants cannot be related to a Rotarian. Applicants also need the endorsement of one of the local Rotary Clubs of Southern Illinois.
The Scholarship Committee will look for good students, but not necessarily top students academically. The ability to promote understanding between the people of the host country and citizens of the United States – the ability to be an ambassador – is just as important as academic achievement.
There are no limitations on country or academic field of study except that there must be a Rotary District willing to host the student. Rotary is worldwide and its members provide a support network to assist the student with getting settled, providing social activities and assisting with any problems which may emerge. Virtually all expenses will be paid, up to $26,000.
The application deadline is Sunday, April 30. Interested students should contact Pat Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Rend Lake College Foundation, at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1324, for further details and an application.