Rotary Global Scholarships


Overview of the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Rotary Global Scholarship program is to further international understanding and peaceful relations among people of different races, nationalities, ethnicities, and religions while pursuing an approved program of graduate study at an institution of higher education in a foreign country. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homeland to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries.

Individual Rotary Districts around the world decide annually whether they will participate in the Global Scholarship program and how much funding will be available from the District. District 6080 will offer one Rotary Global Grant Scholarship award in the amount of $40,000 to an outstanding student who wishes to study abroad during the 2020-21 academic year. This scholarship is for one year only and is open only to students engaged in full-time study in a graduate degree program. Applicants for a Rotary Global Scholarship must enroll in a graduate course of study that is directly related to one of the following six humanitarian focus areas designated by Rotary International:

  1. Peace and conflict prevention and/or resolution
  2. Disease prevention and treatment
  3. Water and sanitation
  4. Maternal and child health
  5. Basic education and literacy
  6. Economic and community development

For more information on each of the six areas of focus, google areas of focus. Note: Applications that indicate more than one area of focus will not be accepted.

The winning applicant goes through two rounds of interviews—the club level and the district level—and must receive final approval from the Rotary Foundation. The winning applicant will receive an award of $30,000 to cover the cost of tuition, fees, educational supplies, room and board, and round-trip transportation to/from the study site. Scholars must account for all expenditures and must provide funding to cover all costs that exceed the amount provided by Rotary. All unspent funds must be returned to Rotary.

The scholarship award is limited to one academic year of study. The scholarship student may choose to pursue a degree program that requires more than one academic year of study to complete. In that case, the student must personally provide funding for all degree study that extends beyond one academic year. Rotary will not renew the scholarship for the second year nor will it issue any additional funds to cover any part of the cost of the second year of study. Whether the chosen degree program is one year in length or longer, the Rotary scholarship recipient must seek admission to a Rotary-approved graduate degree program and diligently pursue coursework in that degree program.

The Global Scholar will be awarded one-half of the scholarship amount at the beginning of the first semester of full-time study. He/she must make satisfactory progress or better in the completion of the coursework during the first semester and submit a satisfactory record of expenditures for that period in order to receive the other half of the scholarship before the beginning of the second semester of full-time study.

Rotary scholarships cannot be combined with another study-abroad program, or used for unsupervised research, medical internship or residency, or for employment in the host country.

Applicants in District 6080 may apply through a local Rotary club near their home, or through a club in the community where they are attending a college or university, or where they are employed. The approved candidate must begin his/her graduate program of study during the 2020-2021 academic year. During the year of study abroad, the scholarship recipient must reside in the immediate vicinity of the approved study institution in the host district so that he/she can participate in Rotary club and district activities of the host district.

Who is Eligible to Apply

The Rotary Global Scholarship is available to individuals intending to pursue a full- time graduate degree program in a foreign country. There is no age limit for the scholarship recipient. Rotarians and kin of Rotarians are not eligible to apply for a Rotary scholarship; however, members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply, provided that they meet all other eligibility criteria.

How to Apply for a Rotary Global Scholarship

The deadline for submitting the completed Global Scholarship application to a local club in District 6080 is October 18, 2019 for the 2020-21 academic year.

An application is available at below or from Dr. Charles Sampson,

Click here to obtain an application.

Applicants seeking a Global Scholarship must successfully complete the following steps to be awarded this scholarship:

  1. The applicant must submit a completed application to a local Rotary club, undergo an interview, and be subsequently endorsed by a club president at the local club level.  The local club can be located in the applicant’s hometown, the city in which the applicant currently lives, or in the general locale of the applicant’s current university1.  Click here to find a Rotary club located in District 6080.  Click here to find a Rotary club located outside District 6080.
  2. Prior to submitting the completed application at the local level, the applicant must have thoroughly researched graduate programs of interest and must have selected a university with an attractive graduate program of study in one of the six Rotary focus areas cited above. However, application for admission to such a program should be postponed until after a successful interview at the District level.
  3. The applicant must undergo a successful interview at the District level and be recommended by the District Scholarship Committee to the Rotary Foundation for review and approval. The District 6080 Scholarship Committee will review all applications and conduct District interviews on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at a site to be announced.
  4. After approval by the District 6080 Scholarship Committee, the applicant must apply and be accepted into the desired university program. The Rotary Foundation will not review and provide final approval for a scholarship until the applicant has received written approval of admission to the projected program of study.
  5. The applicant must be approved by the Education staff at the Rotary Foundation in Evanston, IL.

The Local and District Level Interview Process

At the local club level, a committee of several club members will interview the applicant. If the applicant is recommended by that committee, then the club president will endorse the application and send it to the District Scholarship Chair, Dr. Charles Sampson at  The presidential endorsement form may be obtained by emailing Dr. Sampson.  The local club endorsing the application becomes the sponsoring club for that applicant.  The sponsoring club designates a club member to be the “sponsor counselor,” who maintains contact with the scholar during the year abroad.

The District Scholarship Chair will hold district level interviews only for those applicants for whom local club presidents forward endorsements and applications.

During local and District level interviews, applicants may be asked a wide range of questions regarding their intended program of study and future career plans, and how they relate to the selected Rotary area of focus, the mission and goals of Rotary International, knowledge of the country in which the applicant intends to study, and world affairs in general. If the candidate intends to study in a country in which English is not the first language, demonstration of competence in the language may be required.

The successful candidate will be able to:

  1. Well-developed communication and excellent leadership skills.
  2. A proven record of success in his/her academic field or vocation.
  3. A convincing understanding of Rotary’s mission, strategic goals as they relate the six focus areas of humanitarian need.
  4. Clearly and persuasively showed a proposed course of study (citing specific courses at the foreign institution of choice) as they relate directly to one Rotary’s Areas of Focus.
  5. Well-defined and realistic goals and a personal commitment to his/her intended field of study.
  6. Concrete ideas for advancing within his or her chosen field.
  7. Competency in the language of the country of study.
  8. A commitment to community service.
  9. The potential to successfully complete a graduate course of study at an institution of higher education in a foreign country and serve effectively as an ambassador of goodwill.
  10. Sincerity about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period.

Rotary District 6080 Timeline for 2019-20 Academic Year

Event Deadline
Clubs and individual Rotarians recruit applicants March through October 18, 2019
Deadline for applicants to submit applications to local clubs Not later than October 18, 2019
Local clubs interview applicants, makes a recommendation, and then forward endorsed applications via email to District Scholarship Chair Dr. Charles Sampson at Not later than November 1, 2019
District scholarship committee interviews all applicants and selects an applicant Not later than November 16, 2019
Scholarship candidate seeks admission to his/her institution of choice November 16 through February 2020
District submits the candidate’s application with the letter of admission at their chosen study institution to the Rotary Foundation for possible approval No later than March 2020

For more information, please contact District Scholarship Chair Dr. Charles Sampson at

1 It is possible for a student whose parental home is located in another Rotary district, but who is attending a college or university in District 6080 to apply both in the district where his/her parental home is located and in District 6080 where he/she is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by District 6080 for 2019-20

Raymond PottebaumRaymond Pottebaum is an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow and will be pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Oxford. Ray is a graduate from West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After commissioning in the US Army, he served around the globe in areas of conflict from the Middle-East to the Russian border. His final assignment was training officers at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where he became very involved with the Rotary Club of Pulaski County which is his sponsoring club, and Jacqueline Howard is his sponsor counselor.

Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by District 6080 for 2018-19

Ashley SchwarzerAshley Schwarzer is pursuing a Master of Science in Epidemiology offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She completed a biology degree focusing on infectious disease from Yale University and performed impactful research on different diseases at Yale and the National Institutes of Health. She aims to become a successful practice in public health. The Rotary Club of Jefferson City West sponsored her; Charles Sampson is her counselor and Pat Clark, Foundation Chair Rotary Club of Edmonton, District 1130 is her host counselor.

Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by District 6080 for 2017-18

Brooke MickeBrooke Micke received her bachelor’s degree in Biology (Plant Science emphasis) from St. Louis University in May 2017. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Ethnobotany at the University of Edinburgh in cooperation with the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh. A graduate of Helias High School, her sponsoring club is Jefferson City Rotary Club; her sponsor counselor is Arvids Petersons.

Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by District 6080 for 2016-17

Molly MatneyMolly Matney completed her master’s degree in Peace Studies at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in August 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in English and History at the College of the Ozarks in Mary 2016. The Branson Daybreakers Rotary club is her sponsoring club; Inez Miller-Gibbs was her sponsor counselor.

Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by District 6080 for 2015-16

Emily VossEmily Voss received her Master of Science degree in Anthropology and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. A native of Boonville, MO, she completed bachelor degrees in Anthropology and International Studies with a Peace Studies emphasis and a Business minor. Her sponsoring club is the Rotary Club of Columbia; Melvin Platt was her sponsor counselor.

Rotary Global Scholar sponsored by District 6080 for 2014-15

Jenna Teter GuillenJenna Teter Guillen completed a Master of International Law degree at the Australian National University in Canberra. A native of California, she is a graduate of Westminster College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Transnational Studies. The Fulton Rotary Club was her sponsoring club, and Ray Brown was her sponsor counselor.

Rotary Global Scholars sponsored by District 6080 for 2013-14

Christopher ClarkChristopher Clark completed a Master of Philosophy degree in Developmental Studies with a focus on microfinance in St. John’s College, University of Cambridge. Before departing for study in England, he was Fulbright Scholar to Chile during 2012-13. A native of Springfield, he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Tulane University. Springfield Rotary Club was his sponsoring club, and Stanley Adamson served as his sponsor counselor. He is currently Coordinator of the District Attorney of New York City Academy.

Maddie CallisMaddie Callis studied International Business Administration at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prior to that she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN. Formerly International Operations Coordinator, Children’s Radio Foundation, New York City, she is currently a graduate student at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Her sponsoring club was Columbia South Rotary; Susan Hart was her sponsor counselor.

Ambassadorial Scholars sponsored by District 6080 for 2012-13

Nicholas ReasorMarissa Fugate, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar, will study the literature of violence at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. A native of Bowling Green, KY, she is working on two doctoral degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri. She holds degrees from the University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, and Boston University. The Columbia Metro Rotary Club is her sponsoring club, and James Spieler is her sponsor counselor.

Nicholas ReasorAmy Williams, an Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar, is currently a third-year law student pursuing the Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Missouri. She plans to study international law and human rights at the Universiteit Utrecht (Utrecht University) in The Netherlands. She is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a graduate certificate in non-profit management from the University of Missouri. Her sponsoring club is the Rotary Club of Columbia; host counselor is Melvin Platt.

Ambassadorial Scholars sponsored by District 6080 for 2011-2012

Nicholas ReasorNicholas Reasor, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar. He will pursue study in International Business with emphasis on Economic Development and Sustainability at the INCAE Business School in La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica. He is a graduate of Nixa (MO) High School and Evangel University.

His sponsoring club is the Rotary Club of Springfield. George Crawford is his sponsor counselor.

Gregory RocksonGregory Rockson, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar is studying International Diplomacy at the University of Copenhagen. Gregory is a native of Ghana where he received his elementary and secondary education. He is a senior at Westminster College in Fulton. He hopes to eventually earn a doctoral degree and pursuing a career as a diplomat at the United Nations.

His sponsoring club is the Fulton Rotary Club, where his sponsor counselor is Ray Brown.

Judith RowlandJudith Rowland, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she is studying Political Science and International Development. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at Missouri State University. As a part of her degree program at MSU, she spent one semester each in study at the University of Central Lancaster (England), the University of Ghana in Accra, the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, and a university in Quingdao, China.

Her sponsoring club is the Rotary Club of Springfield, and her sponsor counselor is Stanley Adamson.

Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by District 6080 for 2010-2011

Katherine RhoadesKatherine Rhoades, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is pursuing study in International Business Management.
She is a senior at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Her sponsoring club is Springfield North Rotary Club. Marvin Johnson is serving as her sponsor counselor.

Ambassadorial Scholars sponsored by District 6080 for 2009-2010

Lora DeanLora Dean, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, where she studied International Relations and Diplomacy during the spring and fall of 2010. She continued her studies a second year at the University of Queensland and completed her master’s degree in International Studies with an Emphasis in Peace and Conflict Resolution in December 2011. She is a 2009 graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

Sponsoring club: Harrisonvile Rotary Club; her sponsor counselor is John Foster.

Ashley RowanAshley Rowan, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, where she studied Business Administration and International Relations. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Business degree with minors in Spanish and Global Studies at Drury University in 2011. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English at Missouri State University.

Sponsoring club: Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club; John Himmel is her sponsor counselor.

Ambassadorial Scholars sponsored by District 6080 in 2008-2009

Kara MartinKara Martin, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand where she studied Spanish, Linguistics, and International business during the spring and fall of 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Sponsoring club: Springfield Southeast; her sponsor counselor was Dennis Whaley.

Brian PellotBrian Pellot, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar at the American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He completed course work in Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies, and Journalism during Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. Between semesters, he presented at clubs in Egypt, Cypress, and Lebanon, attended two club meetings as well a Rotaract club meeting in Jordan, and participated in a club meeting in Armenia and another in Georgia. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Convergence Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Missouri in May 2010. During his senior year, he won a George Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford University for two years.

Sponsoring club: Columbia South; his sponsor counselor was James Scott.

Ambassadorial Scholars sponsored by District 6080 in 2007-2008

Shannon DavisShannon Davis, Six-Month Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt where she studied Arabic from January through June 2008. She received permission from the Rotary Foundation to remain in Cairo until December 2008 to complete further study of Arabic at her own expense. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with minors in International Relations and Music at Evangel University.

Sponsoring club: Springfield Rotary Club. Guy Mace was her sponsor counselor.

Erin CrabbErin Crabb, Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholar to Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, where she studied German, German Literature, and German Culture and History from September 2007 to May 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Music from Illinois Wesleyan University in May 2006.

Sponsoring club: Rotary Club of Columbia; her sponsor counselor was Melvin Platt.