Rotary District 1090 hosts a large number of Rotary Scholars each year at universities in the Thames Valley including Oxford, Oxford Brookes, Reading, New Bucks and Brunel.

The District has records going back to 1949, profiling Rotary scholarships which have been awarded to students by the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary scholarship initiative is 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.

The current scholarship model started in 2013. Rotary Scholarships are funded by Global Grants and are for overseas graduate study under one of Rotary’s seven 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 the last academic year there were around 240 Rotary Scholars.

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.

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