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Global Grant Scholarships

District 6710 Scholarship Committee:  Kirk Alliman, Chair (Louisville); Steven Gale (Frankfort); Rich Miller (Bowling Green); Leigh Perry (Benton); Sally Ray (Glasgow); Julie Schmidt (Louisville); Martin Tracy (Murray); and Charles Vahlkamp (Danville)

Rotary District 6710 is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for a District 6710 Global Grant Scholarship for a minimum of US $30,000 for study during 2014-2015. To be eligible for a Global Grant Scholarship, candidates must present a masterís or doctoral degree plan of study and a career commitment that address one of the Rotary Foundationís six humanitarian areas of focus as well as endorsement by a Rotary Club in District 6710 that has received certification for grant funding for 2013-14.

Rotary's Areas of Focus
Source of Funding
Global Grant Scholar Qualities
Eligibility and Conditions
The Application Process
Items required at time of application
Items required at time of international application
Contact Information


Global grant scholars are pursuing a career in an area of great humanitarian need and have a personal, long-term commitment to measurable, sustainable change. While abroad, scholars also give presentations about their homeland and study to Rotary Clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share their experiences with local Rotarians and others.


The Rotary District 6710 Global Grant Scholarship is offered on a competitive basis for one academic year and may be renewed for up to 4 years. The scholarship, in the minimum amount of US $30,000, is intended to defray costs of travel, required fees for courses, room and board, and educational supplies for study at the graduate level at a University outside of North America.

Rotaryís Areas of Focus

Global Grant Scholars are individuals who are pursuing a career in one of the six Rotary Areas of Focus. Their graduate-level educational goals should support this career interest in one of the following Areas:

  •   Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  •   Disease prevention and treatment
  •   Water and sanitation
  •   Maternal and child health
  •   Basic education and literacy
  •   Economic and community development


Source of Funding

Scholarships are supported by local Rotarian contributions to The Rotary Foundation and are funded by available District Designated Funds and a matching Rotary Foundation Global Grant.   As a result, the number of scholarships available in any Rotary year is limited, and only one will is available for 2014-15. Prospective scholars must apply through and be endorsed by a local Rotary club. (See list of TRF Qualified Clubs for 2013-2014)

Global Grant Scholar Qualities Ė A successful applicant: 

  • Possesses excellent leadership skills and potential
  • Has a proven record of success in his/her academic field or vocation
  • Has demonstrated a personal commitment to community service
  • Has well defined and realistic goals
  • Has concrete ideas as to how he/she will make advances in his/her chosen career
  • Is sincere about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship year

Eligibility and Conditions

  • The candidateís program of study must be at the graduate level
  • The candidateís program of study must be at an institution of higher education outside North America
  • The scholarship is for a term of one academic year, with the possibility of renewal for up to 4 years
  • The scholarship is not available to fund studies that have already begun
  • The candidate must be accepted for study at their chosen University
  • The candidate must be proficient in the native language of the host country
  • Applicants must apply through a Rotary club at a location of their legal or permanent residence.
  • The following persons are ineligible: A Rotarian; an employee of a club, or Rotary entity, etc.; a spouse, lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or adopted or not adopted), a spouse of a lineal descendant, or ancestor (parent or grandparent) of any living person in the foregoing categories.

The Application Process

  • Application is submitted to local Rotary Club
  • February 15, 2014: Deadline for submission to District Global Grant Scholarship committee; Rotary clubs should forward completed applications to Martin Tracy, Member of the District Scholarship Committee (mbtracy1963@earthlink.net)
  • March 15, 2014: District Global Grant Scholarship committee will interview the candidates endorsed by a Rotary Club and select scholar. NOTE:  Applicants MUST be available for interview in Elizabethtown, KY
  • The District committee forwards the selected scholarís grant application materials to The Rotary Foundation and applies for a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to fund the scholarís study abroad
  • Applications and payment information should be submitted at least three months before studies begin in order to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing
  • The selected scholar receives and completes the final application online
  • Final approval by The Rotary Foundation and notification to scholar
  • Scholar must attend and complete an outbound orientation session
  • Studies begin

Items required at time of application

  • Proposed field of study within one of the six areas of Rotary focus
  • Proposed degree and timeline 
  • Estimated budget 
  • Proposed humanitarian project in the host district (optional) 
  • Complete information regarding: 
    • The scholar's program of study related to the selected area of focus;
    • The educational and professional goals of the scholar and how the scholarship will help to advance these goals;  
    • How the scholar will use his/her education to address a need on a long-term basis in his/her hosting and/or international sponsoring community(ies). 

Items required at time of international application

  • NOTE:  Applicants must have received a letter of acceptance from the University of their choice and provide this as part of the online, final Global Grant application submitted to The Rotary Foundation.
  • Proof of insurance that meets TRF requirements
  • Foreign language proficiency exam results
  • Host partner club/district and host counselor information
  • Detailed budget 




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For more information about the Rotary District 6710 Global Grant Scholarship, contact Martin Tracy, Member of the District Scholarship Committee (mbtracy1963@earthlink.net)