This brief article provides you a succinct summary of the various Rotary scholarship programs. There are a wide variety of scholarships available, for everyone from local high school graduates to fully funded master’s degree programs worth up to $75,000. 


Many different types of scholarships are offered by individual Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts, and The Rotary Foundation, all of which are applied for through your nearest Rotary Club. If we can offer just one piece of advice, it would be to start early and be relentless in your search!

Broadly speaking, scholarships are offered to qualifying students pursuing a degree in one or more of the six Rotary areas of Focus, namely peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development. The Areas of Focus are also known as “Rotary’s Causes”. Find out more information here:


Chief among these scholarships is the Rotary Peace Fellowship program. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. The fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities. Applications open in late January or early February each year through your nearest Rotary Club or District, or via Rotary District 5020. Learn more, here: 


The Rotary Foundation also offers what are called “Global Grant Scholarships” to qualified students in graduate programs  that have sustainable, measurable outcomes within the Rotary Areas of Focus, or Causes. Global grant scholarships fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. A key feature of global grants is the partnership between the district or club in the study location (host sponsor) and the district or club in the scholar’s home country (international sponsor).  Applications from students who will begin studies in August, September, or October are due by 30 June. The rest of the year, global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read the Global Grant Scholarships Supplement for more information. file:///C:/Users/user/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/Global_Grant_Scholarship_Supplement_en%20(1).pdf 


District Community Grants are administered by Rotary Districts. Our Club belongs to Rotary District 5020.  There are well over 500 such Districts around the world.

District Community Grants enable clubs and districts to address immediate humanitarian needs in their communities via small-scale, short-term projects related to the Foundation’s mission. Scholarships funded by District Community Grants may be used to sponsor secondary school, undergraduate, or graduate students studying any subject, either locally or abroad. The scholarship may cover any length of time, from a six-week language training program to a year or more of university study. District Community Grants do not need to meet the six Areas of Focus (sometimes called “Causes”) that must be met for Global Grants. 

District 5020 uses district funds to match those offered for district community grants by each Rotary Club, including scholarships. Applications for such scholarships are made through the individual Rotary Club for up to $7,000 in funding. It must be noted that most clubs conduct one District Community Grant-funded project each year, which may or may not be a scholarship.  It is best to liaison as early as possible with the Rotary Club you are hoping to sponsor the scholarship. 


Individual Rotary Clubs sponsor thousands of scholarships. Many clubs offer a range of high school scholarships, while some also offer scholarships to university students, such as the Rotary Scholarship offered by the Rotary Club of the University District, here, which is intended to help individual Washington State students who’ve experienced barriers to work opportunities get ahead through education.


There are thousands of Rotary clubs in the US and Canada, and you will need to search those clubs to find scholarships relevant to you. 


The Rotary Club of East Jefferson County offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Chimacum and Quilcene School Districts. The scholarships may be used for both college and technical education pursuits. The scholarships usually open in January of each year and close on March 31st of that year, with the awards being announced in May for immediate use. For more information, contact ><. 

Many, but not all of these scholarships will appear on the WASHBOARD, the Washington State central location for scholarship information. If you are looking for scholarships, start as early as possible, preferably in your late sophomore or early in your junior year of high school, and keep a good record of where and for what you have searched. Many scholarships are not awarded each year, often because no one applied for them, or not enough people applied for them. Take advantage of every opportunity you can find, and be relentless in your search.