Rotary Foundation

Esk Valley has been fortunate to host several ambassadorial and global scholars who have studied in Edinburgh thanks to Rotary Foundation grants. We very much enjoy keeping up with  them and following their progress. One of "our" scholars, Iain, is now married with a young family and  in July 2015 past president Beth and her husband travelled to Germany to attend the wedding of previous scholar Max to Pia. The wedding was held on the beautiful island of Mainau at Lake Constance.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peave through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The foundation is a non-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vistion of a better world.

In 1917, Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up "for the purpose of doing good in the world." In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Between 1917 and the present day, support of our Foundation grew tremendously. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, it has received contributions totaling more that $1 billion. More than $70 million was donated in 2003-04 alone. To date, more than one million individuals have been recognised as Paul Harris Fellows - people who have given $1,000 to the Annual Programs Fund or have had that amount contributed in their name.

Such strong support, along with Rotarian involvement worldwide, ensures a secure future for The Rotary Foundation as it continues its vital work for international understanding and world peace.

Please click on the sub-pages on the right hand side of this article to find out more information about the different aspects of The Rotary Foundation.

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Crocus Planting 2015


Ambassadorial Scholars 2011-12

more Meeting our scholars Cecily and Katherine

Ambassadorial Scholars 2010-11

more Ambassadorial Scholars 2010-11 (5 pages below this)

Ambassadorial Scholars 2012-13 (Now 'Global Scholars')

more Welcoming to new scholars to our club.

Ambassadorial Scholars

more This page gives more information about the scholarship.

District & Global Grants

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Future Vision

more The Rotary Foundation Future Vision Pilot is a three-year test of the new grant structure offered in the Foundation's Future Vision Plan.

Peace Scholarships

more Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international co-operation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict through their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.

Group Study Exchange

more The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers.