Thomas R. Mendez

The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship *

The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship is Rotary’s oldest and best-known program. Since its inception nearly 38,000 scholars from over 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices.

In 2005-2006 nearly 800 Ambassadorial Scholarships were awarded to individuals.

Rotary’s academic year Ambassadorial Scholarship provides recipients a flat grant of $24,000(USD) to live and study abroad. Through grants totaling approximately $500 million, recipients from 70 countries have studied and conducted service projects in communities around the globe.

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarship is to increase awareness of and respect for cultural differences to build a foundation to instill peace. 

Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’ provides the basis for the Ambassadorial Scholarship as it seeks to develop leaders who are capable of addressing the humanitarian needs of the world community. Rotary also seeks to foster a lifelong relationship between itself and its scholars in order to continue to promote and provide life changing experiences, such as the Ambassadorial Scholarship.

To find out more about the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship and other opportunities, please visit their website:

*Information taken from the website of fellow District 5890 Ambassadorial Scholar Jessie Martinez