Rachael's first blog post ( see link below) contains a wonderful description of both the Rotary Summer Youth Exchange program and her decision to choose Finland as her exchange country.
International Youth Exchange/Scholarships/Fellowships
Rachael Hughen- Summer 2014 Exchange
The Annapolis Rotary Club can sponsor applicants for Rotary scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate studies, as well as for students exchanges. Scholarships and exchanges are open to anyone residing/studying in the area, except Rotary members and their families.
Rotary Youth Exchanges
Rotary provides opportunity for young people to spend anywhere from a few weeks (short term) to a full year (long term) as an international student hosted by local Rotary clubs, who provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly stipend.
Eligibility: young people (AGE) who: a) have demonstrated leadership in their school and community; b) are flexible and willing to try new things; c) are open to cultural differences; and d) can serve as an ambassador for their own country
Post Secondary Scholarships
The Annapolis Rotary Club can sponsor high school students seeking one of the two competitive $5,000 scholarships provided by Rotary District 7620. Eligible applicants must be enrolling in an accredited US college, university or technical school.
Global Grant Scholarship
Our club sponsors eligible candidates for a $30,000 Global Grant Scholarship for an academic year. The award, which is granted by District 7620 is granted for graduate level studies at overseas university programs which support sustainable, high impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:
peace and conflict resolution
maternal and child health
disease prevention and treatment
basic education and literacy
water and sanitation
economic and community development
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of Rotary Peace Centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. The objective is that Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution.
Eligibility: a) Proficiency in another language strongly recommended: b) strong commitment to international understanding and peace as demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal or community service; c) excellent leadership skills; d) minimum three years of related full-time work or volunteer experience; and e) bachelor's degree..
Two types of fellowships are offered:
A. Master’s Degree in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. About 50 fellowships are awarded every year. They can take place at any of the following institutions:
Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
International Christian University, Japan
University of Bradford, England
University of Queensland, Australia
Uppsala University, Sweden
B. Professional Development Certificate. It is intended for experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills. The program in conflict prevention and resolution lasts three months and takes place at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. Rotary awards up to 50 certificates each year.
Contact the Annapolis Rotary Club in you interested in applying for one of the above programs