Rtn Ken Elphick: Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars
Scholars are funded by Rotary International to promote international understanding
Ambassadorial Scholars - What are they?
Ambassadorial Scholarships (previously Global Scholarships) started in 1947, are Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program. Since then, nearly 38,000 young men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices
The purpose of the Scholarship program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas
Haddenham and District Rotary has hosted many Scholars from around the world who choose to come and study in Oxford.
The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Over 800 scholarships have been awarded to scholars from about 70 countries and who have studied in more than 70 nations
While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their home country at Rotary meeting venues and to other interested groups
Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country
"The Rotary Foundation does some terrific
things, not the least of which is the Scholarships program."
Michael R. Whiteman, International Programs Director, University of Idaho
Generous contributions from Rotarians worldwide represent a continued faith that today's Scholars will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.