28 January Evening Meeting
The Rotary Scholarship Programme is one of the world’s largest privately sponsored international scholarship programmes. It started in 1947 with the aim of furthering international understanding and goodwill, and over 70 years later it continues to be a great success.
Rotary Scholarships are funded by Global Grants and are for overseas graduate study under one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus for one to four years. More Rotary Scholars come to study in the UK than in any other country. Over the last few years, there have been an average of approximately 180 Rotary Scholars each year. In this current academic year there are around 240 Rotary Scholars worldwide.
Below left: Michelle Tran
Below right: Caitlin Dermody
During their studies abroad, Rotary Foundation Scholars are hosted by a club local to their place of study. They have opportunities to take part in club activities, meet the other Rotary scholars hosted in the district and to visit other clubs to speak about their studies and career aspirations.
In District 1090 we are extremely fortunate to have a large number of Scholars visiting each year. The majority study at the University of Oxford, but we also have some at the four other universities within our District: Oxford Brookes, Reading, New Bucks and Brunel Universities. Two of these scholars, Michelle Tran and Caitlin Dermody, both from the USA and studying for Masters degrees at Oxford, told us of their experience and aspirations.