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Rotary Club invites applications for humanitarian travel scholarship

Rugby Club of Rotary, Great Central Way,, scholarship

AS part of its centenary celebrations this year, The Rotary Club of Rugby is offering residents the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship worth up to £2,500.

The lucky recipient will be given the chance to embark on an international project that will also benefit their career path and in the areas of:

  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water sanitation and hygiene
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Community economic development and
  • The Environment

The scholarship will cover all costs involved but the applicant’s employers are encouraged to assist with funding, especially if the project directly benefits their business in any way.

Applicants are invited to produce an outline of their plan before the interview and a detailed proposal before departure and are expected to make all arrangements for travel and accommodation etc. But the Rotary Club may be able to assist if there is a local Rotary Club in the area where the person will be engaged on the project.

Projects such as building toilet blocks to orphanages in Africa are typical of the international aid provided by Rotary.

Rotarian and Centenary Committee member Julian Hall, said: “We’ve only offered this opportunity once before when, for our 75th anniversary, two ladies were given a travel scholarship to Scandinavia to see how they dealt with and looked after children with disabilities. The time spent learning from each other was valuable to all involved and a report from the trip was sent on to Government and other interested bodies. The main beneficiaries were the children, both at home and abroad, who reaped the benefit of the knowledge exchange.

“We would hope that whatever project that was undertaken this time would have a similar lasting beneficial outcome, that would help people not just in the UK but in the country the selected person chose to work in.

“The scholarship would be a wonderful opportunity for someone to gain experience in their chosen field.”

On return, the person will be expected to present the findings for the project to a meeting of the Rotary Club and other interested parties.

To apply this time, applicants must be studying at university, aged between 18 and 30 (on April 1st 2022) and a resident of Rugby – or have their home in Rugby.

A summary of their project, including who will benefit, how it will be carried out and which countries will be visited, should be sent, before the closing date of June 30th, to Julian Hall at: where further information is also available.

Rotary Club of Rugby, Great Central Way, scholarship
Great Central Way following the three years of work by Rotarians and volunteers

To mark their special anniversary, last month (April) Rugby Rotarians also celebrated the completion of their Great Central Way Centenary project.

The Club has been working in conjunction with Rugby Borough Council and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to upgrade the 1.2km section of the former railway line between Hillmorton Road and Abbey Street, a three-year project which last year received the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland Environmental Award.

For further information about the Great Central Way project or any of the Rugby Rotary Clubs – Rotary Club of Rugby; Rotary Club of Rugby Dunsmore and Rotary Club of Rugby Saturday, visit here