Educational opportunities offered by Rotary Clubs
The Rotary clubs in the area are offering several educational programs for academic year 2009-10. The offerings include:
$11,000 Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship
This scholarship is for three months of intensive language study and cultural immersion in another country and provides a flat grant of US$11,000 or its equivalent for the three (3) months. Funds are intended to defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, language training expenses, and home stay living arrangements. Applications are considered for candidates interested in studying Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish. One year of prior college-level study in the language is required. Application deadline is August 1. Contact District Governor Nominee Joe White 814-765-1859.
$13,000 Rotary Grant for University Teachers
Faculty members of any college or university in Rotary District 7350 (parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia) are encouraged to apply for a three to five month Rotary Grant for University Teachers to teach in a Rotary designated low-income country during Rotary Year 2009-2010. The grant is in the amount of $12,500, and may be used at the discretion of the recipient for living expenses, transportation to and from the host country, teaching and research costs, and miscellaneous ambassadorial expenses. The purpose of the program is to promote international understanding and development through advanced education in developing countries. The program also aims to establish ties between educational institutions, leading to an exchange of ideas and information across the globe. Contact Past District Governor Glenn Smith 717-530-5490.
Master's degree study
Rotary Centers for International Studies program offers fellowships for master's degree study fields related to peace and conflict resolution. Beyond academics, Rotary World Peace Fellows also gain practical skills in conflict resolution appropriate to their individual careers. Up to 60 Rotary World Peace Fellows each year enroll in the six Rotary Centers based at leading universities in five countries: International Christian University, Japan; Universidad del Salvador, Argentina; University of Bradford, England; University of Queensland, Australia; University of California-Berkeley, Calif., U.S.A., and Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. (US citizens must study in Japan, Australia, England, or Argentina.) Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program is a professional development program held in Bangkok, Thailand, through which up to 30 participants embark on three months of intensive study instructed by some of the leading specialists in the peace and conflict resolution fields. The specialized curriculum has been crafted to capitalize on the experience of both participants and lecturers while balancing theoretical and practical learning. Contact Past District Governor Ms. Kelly Wike at: email@example.com, phone: 814-941-7428.
Group study exchange
Teams of four young professionals will be offered the opportunity to study their professions for a period of one month in the Philippines, Puerto Rico, or Denmark during calendar year 2009. The team going to Puerto Rico will consist of all Spanish language teachers in any level school from kindergarten to graduate level professors. The teams traveling to the Philippines and Denmark will be professionals in any recognized profession. Applicants must be between 25 and 40 (no exceptions). Program covers all travel expenses, and team members stay in the homes of Rotarians in the host country. Applications must be submitted as early as August 1. Contact Past District Governor Glenn Smith at 717-530-5490.
Applicants for all of the above programs must live, work, or study in one of the following areas served by local Rotary clubs (there may be more than one Rotary club in some of these general areas): Maryland: Cumberland, Frostburg, Grantsville, Hagerstown, Hancock, Oakland, Williamsport. Pennsylvania: Altoona, Bedford, Bellefonte, Chambersburg, Claysburg, Clearfield, Coudersport, Curwensville, Emporium, Galeton, Greencastle, Holidaysburg, Huntingdon, Johnsonsburg, Lewistown, Martinsburg, Mercersburg, Mifflintown, Houtzdale, Pleasant Gap, Ridgway, Roaring Spring, St. Marys, State College, Tyrone, Waynesboro. West Virginia: Berkeley Springs, Charles Town, Keyser, Martinsburg, Romney, Shepherdstown.