Global Grant Scholarship Information

Rotary accepts applications for $40,000 scholarship

Southern Indiana Rotary clubs are accepting applications for a $40,000 scholarship that will enable a southern Indiana scholar to study one to four years in a graduate program at any qualified university outside the U.S.

The 2023-24 program is open to students who have graduated – or will graduate by May 2023 -- from a four-year college in southern Indiana (or who maintain a legal residence in the district) and who plan to pursue graduate-level studies at an overseas university.

The program supports exceptional scholars dedicated to pursuing a career in an area of great humanitarian need and who demonstrate a long-term commitment to measurable, sustainable change. Scholars must present a plan of study and a career commitment that align with one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.  

Application deadline: December 19, 2022.  




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Previous recipients:

·      Aubrey Seader (2018-19) of Bloomington who earned a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management at King’s College London. She uses storytelling in theater and in other communication channels to build peace and understanding among people of different cultures.

·      Alexandra Starry (2019-20) of Bloomington who earned a master’s degree in Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

·      Clarice Cross (2020-21) of Brownsburg who earned a master’s degree in International Development at Waseda University in Tokyo.

·      Cameron Davidson (2021-22) of Salem who is seeking a master’s degree in Global & International Studies from the University of Salamanca in Spain. 

·      Kelsey Lechner (2022-23) of Columbus who is seeking a master’s degree in Education, International Development and Social Justice from St. Mary’s University in London. 

Rotary International has 1.4 million members in 37,000 clubs and in more than 200 countries.

Questions?  Contact Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Jim Bright at or (812) 219-0228.


Global grant scholarships are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s seven causes: Promoting peace; Fighting diseaseProviding clean watersanitation, and hygiene; Saving mothers and children; Supporting education; Growing local economies; and Supporting the environment. Scholarships last from one to four years and can include an entire degree program. Global grant scholarships are funded using cash or District Designated Funds matched by the World Fund. 





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