Scholarships | National Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study.

Your local Rotary Club may offer scholarships to help fund your nursing education. Check out the different opportunities that the Rotary Foundation offers and if you are interested, contact your local city rotary club. Scholarships are offered and awarded by each local district.

Types of scholarships
  1. Clubs and districts offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study. These scholarships can be supported with funds raised locally or with Rotary Foundation district or global grants.

    Contact your local club for application information and eligibility requirements.

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  2. The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution.

    Rotary peace fellowships are available to candidates who want to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our six partner universities. Learn about Rotary peace fellowship eligibility requirements and restrictions.

    • $7.5 million in scholarships, on average, are given out by Rotary each year
    • 350,000 scholarships have been awarded by Rotary

Global grant scholarships

Global grants are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s causes:

  1. Promoting peace
  2. Fighting disease
  3. Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  4. Saving mothers and children
  5. Supporting education
  6. Growing local economies
  7. Protecting the environment

Scholarships last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program. Global grant scholarships are funded using District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and directed gifts and endowment earnings. The Foundation will provide an 80% World Fund match for all DDF contributions.

District grants

District grants can 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.

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary members are essential to recruiting qualified candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships. You can advance peace in troubled areas around the world by promoting peace fellowships and supporting peace fellow candidates through the application process.