How do I Get a Rotary Scholarship?

Rotary has a long history of supporting exchanges and scholarships around the world. Since 1947, a total of $532 million has been awarded to 41,000 men and women. However, it is not always clear to non-Rotarians what opportunities exist. The purpose of the blog is to briefly explain the exchanges and scholarships Rotary supports and how to pursue them. Many young people take advantage of the Rotary Youth Exchange program to travel, live, and study abroad for the first time. The program is intended for youth (ages 15-19) who are able to spend a few weeks to a year in another country. Typically, a local rotary club in the partner country will facilitate logistics including arranging a hos

A Brief History of Rotary International

Rotary International is global network of people who are passionate about community service. The motto of the organization “Service Above Self” speaks to the fact that a shared desire to improve the world transcends linguistic and cultural differences, allowing members to accomplish more by serving together than could be done individually. Rotary International is a leader in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. To understand what Rotary is now, let’s look at where it has been – where did it start and why? Rotary International exists today due to the vision of Paul P. Harris. Harris was or

Rotary and the European Refugee and Migrant Emergency

Austria received around 90,000 asylum requests in 2015, the majority of whom are from Afghanistan but also Syria, Iraq and other conflict-affected countries. Reuters recently released an article about crimes rising sharply in Austria amidst this refugee and migrant emergency. These are not crimes committed by refugees and migrants but rather crimes committed against refugees and migrants, primarily by far right groups driven by xenophobia and Islamophobia. The article notes there were 1,690 cases related to right wing extremism in 2015, the highest recorded in a single year and up from 1,200 in 2015. Emergencies can bring out the best and worst of societies. In Austria, these incidents rep

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