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Rotary is a completely new angle of

friendship, one that's not private and one

that's not strictly business."

- Susanne Prahl-Landzo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Educational Programs

These programs promote international understanding by

bringing together people from different countries and cultures.

Ambassadorial Scholarships , an international program for

university-level studies, sends about 800 students each year to

serve as ambassadors of goodwill while abroad.

Rotary World Peace Fellowships are awarded to individuals

for study in master's degree programs at the Rotary Centers for

International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program is a short-term

certificate program for study at the RotaryCenter for Peace

and Conflict Studies in Thailand.

Group Study Exchange is a short-term cultural and vocational

exchange program between districts in different countries for

non-Rotarian professionals ages 25-40.

Rotary Grants for University Teachers are awarded to

higher-education faculty to teach abroad in an academic field

of practical use to people in a low-income country.

Humanitarian Grants Program

Humanitarian grants enable Rotarians to increase their support

of international service projects that provide water wells,

medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials to people in

need. Rotarian participation is key to the success of these


Matching Grants assist Rotary clubs and districts in carrying

out humanitarian projects with clubs in other countries.

District Simplified Grants enable districts to support service

activities or humanitarian endeavors that benefit local or international


Volunteer Service Grants support the travel of qualified

Rotarians and their spouses as they plan needed projects or

provide essential services in a community.

Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants fund long-term,

self-help, and grassroots development projects that use a sustainable,

integrative approach to address humanitarian needs.


The PolioPlus program provides funding for mass immunization

campaigns as well as support for social mobilization,

surveillance, and laboratories to help carry out the final stages

of global polio eradication. Rotarians have raised funds that

amount to more than $650 million in support and provided

hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours. Rotary is a

spearheading partner with the World Health Organization,

UNICEF, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

in the initiative to eradicate polio worldwide. As a

result of their efforts, two billion children under age five have

received the polio vaccine, five million people who might

otherwise be paralyzed are walking today, 500,000 new cases