Rotary clubs in District 6580, which covers the southern third of Indiana and includes the Rotary Club of Brazil, are seeking applicants for 2011-12 Ambassadorial Scholars and 2010-12 World Peace Scholars.
Funded by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, these scholarships are designed to advance international understanding and goodwill and provide opportunities for international study in more than 160 countries where Rotary clubs are located.
Some 1,000 scholarships will be available from clubs worldwide.
Ambassadorial Scholarships, valued at approximately US $23,000, finance one academic year of study abroad, including round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies and language training (if necessary).
Ambassadorial Scholarships may be awarded in virtually any field of study.
Rotary World Peace Scholars study peace and conflict resolution at one of the Rotary Centers for International Studies located at eight universities worldwide.
The World Peace Scholarship funds a master's degree or its equivalent in peace and conflict resolution, with course work focusing on the causes of conflict and strategies to promote peace and world understanding.
Ambassadorial and World Peace Scholars also act as "ambassadors of goodwill," both at home and abroad. Through appearances before Rotary clubs and conferences, schools, civic organizations and other forums, scholars present their homelands and work to further international understanding.
Upon returning home, they share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led them to greater understanding of their host countries.
Guidelines and applications for both programs may be downloaded from the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org/ RIdocuments/en_pdf/139en.pdf and www.rotary.org newsroom/download center/pdfs/083en.pdf.
Applications and supplementary forms must be submitted to a Rotary club in the applicant's place of legal or permanent residence, full-time study or full-time employment no later than June 30, 20109.
Club-endorsed applications must be submitted to the District Ambassadorial Scholar chair no later than July 31, 2010.
District interviews will be conducted during August 2010, and completed district nominations must be submitted to the Rotary Foundation by October 1, 2010.
The Ambassadorial Scholarships program is the world's largest privately-sponsored international scholarship program. Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy and academic excellence, it has sponsored more than 34,000 Rotary scholars abroad since its inception in 1947.