Rotary Global Scholars

Global Scholars are funded by Rotary International to promote international understanding


Global Scholars - What are they?

Global Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices.

The purpose of the Global Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.

Haddenham and District Rotary Club has hosted many Global Scholars from around the world who choose to come and study in Oxford.

The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded by 2006 to recipients from about 70 countries who have studied in more than 70 nations.

While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their home country to Rotary dubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

"The Rotary Foundation does some terrific things, not the least of which is the Global Scholarships program."
Michael R. Whiteman, International Programs Director, University of Idaho

Generous contributions from Rotarians worldwide represent a continued faith that today's Global Scholars will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.