Create a Scholarship

You can help promising students become leaders and experts in fields focused on sustainable change through scholarships. Along the way you’ll cultivate relationships in your community and mentor some outstanding scholars.

What kind of scholarship can I offer?

Start by deciding what kind of scholar you would like to support. Consider the age range, level of study, professional goals, location, community needs, and what you want to achieve. Scholarships can range from short-term studies in your community to a graduate degree program abroad. Examples include:

  • A summer music camp for secondary school students in your area
  • Two years of tuition for an undergraduate student studying history
  • A degree program for a graduate student studying abroad whose career goal is public health

How can I fund my scholarship?

Depending on the scholarship you design, you can seek funding through a Rotary grant.

District grants

District grants accommodate a variety of scholarship plans. You can use them to sponsor secondary school, undergraduate, or graduate students studying any subject, in your home country or abroad. Scholarships can cover any length of time — from a six-week language-training program to a year or more of university study.

With district grants, your club requests funding directly from your district. Contact your district governor or grants subcommittee for more information, and see Best Practices for District Grant Scholarships.

Global grants

Global grants can fund scholarships for graduate students planning careers in fields that support Rotary’s efforts to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. Students study abroad in degree programs ranging from one to four years.

If your club is interested in a global grant, you’ll get training from your district to qualify for grant requests. Ask your district governor or grants subcommittee for more information, and see the Global Grant Scholarships Supplement.

UNESCO-IHE scholarships (for water and sanitation professionals)

The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are offering a limited number of scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The application deadline is 15 June.

The scholarships are fully funded by the Foundation and UNESCO-IHE. Scholars will receive a Master's of Science in Urban Water and Sanitation, Water Management, or Water Science and Engineering. Graduates will work with their Rotary club sponsors on a water and sanitation activity to benefit their local community.

For more information, review the application tool kit and scholarship terms and conditions. When you're ready to apply, complete the application available in the tool kit and submit it through the .

How do I get started?

Club and district responsibilities for scholarships range from mentoring students to providing funding, depending on the type of grant. First, determine who will manage the process. Creating a scholarships subcommittee is a good idea if you don’t already have one. Rotarians who were involved in Ambassadorial Scholarships can be a great asset to your committee.

Districts also need to complete Rotary’s grant qualification process.

How can I apply for a Rotary scholarship?

Contact your local Rotary club for more information. See an overview of international scholarship opportunities.

Resources & reference


Rotary support

  • Club Rotary Foundation committee
  • District Rotary Foundation grants committee

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