Each year, our Rotary District, District 5020, awards a small number of District 5020 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships and supports applications for Global Grant Scholarships and Peace Fellowships for post-graduate studies. Over the years, we have amassed an enviable record of success in awarding these scholarships!

Each District 5020 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship (DRAS) funds one year of post-baccalaureate study at an accredited university in a country other than the USA or Canada. The deadline for receiving applications for the US$15,000 DRAS for studies in 2021-22 is January 15, 2021. Candidates for the scholarships must be endorsed by a club and the District. 

The DRAS Scholar’s area of study must support Rotary ideals: To encourage and foster the ideal of service above self. The program of study need not necessarily lead to a post-graduate degree.

Should a successful DRAS candidate be accepted into a post-graduate degree program, and the studies are expected to lead to sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary International’s seven Areas of Focus, the Scholar may also apply to upgrade the DRAS to a Global Grant Scholarship (GGS) of US$30,000, funded by The Rotary Foundation’s World Fund. 

Help us identify possible applicants and bring their attention to the DRAS scholarship. Detailed information about the scholarship as well as the application form are available at https://rotary5020.org/page/scholarships/ 

The deadline for complete applications for the DRAS is Jan. 15, 2021. The selection of the winning applicants will be made by the D5020 Scholarship Committee in February 2021. The committee may then endorse each successful candidate for a Global Grant Scholarship and mentor the candidate through the process. 

The GGS has an application deadline of June 30, 2021.

Rotary Peace Fellowships, which are funded through The Rotary Foundation (TRF), are for study at any of the Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution located in leading universities around the world. The program offers a master’s degree in international relations, sustainable development, peace studies and conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies. Applicants for Peace Fellowships must be endorsed by a Rotary Club and the District and are encouraged to contact a local Rotary Club or District 5020 several months before the application deadline. The application is made directly to TRF which must receive applications before July 1, one year ahead of the start of the planned studies.

Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation and District 5020 have a remarkable history of commitment to the scholarship programs, which have the ability to transform individual lives and entire communities. For a demonstration of why Rotary Scholarships are a sustainable investment, see https://blog.rotary.org/2017/10/04/why-rotary-scholarships-are-sustainable-investments/ .

Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Harry Panjer, District 5020 Scholarship Chair at 250.650.7675 or harry.panjer-a-gmail.com (replace the -a- with the ampersand,  @).