Wednesday, October 12, 2005

More about the Rotary Foundation

I'd like to share a little bit about Rotary and the Ambassadorial Scholarship that I've been awarded.

This program is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Since 1947 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied as Ambassadorial Scholars. Through grants totaling approximately US$428 million, recipients from some 70 countries have studied in more than 70 nations.
The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.

Promoting Rotary's goal of world peace, goodwill, and understanding, The Rotary Foundation's Educational Programs include Ambassadorial Scholarships, Grants for University Teachers, Group Study Exchange, and Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution, and Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program. These programs foster peace by building understanding through person-to-person contact, friendship, study, and cross-cultural exchange.

To learn more about Rotary's educational programs, please see...
http://www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/index.html

Thank you Rotary District 6630!

The Beginnings

It's getting closer! Considering that I applied for this scholarship in April of 2004 and interviewed for and found out that I received the scholarship in July of 2004, I'm feeling ready to get on with this adventure.
Don't get me wrong...the past year has been great for me. I've been working for one of the best urban park systems in the country, The Cleveland Metroparks, as a seasonal naturalist. That means I spend my days doing programs about nature and environmental issues with mostly little kids and sometimes with adults. I love it! I'll be sad when the time comes to leave the job.
Planning and logistics are now finally underway for this trip to Australia. I've been accepted to the university and am starting to work on visas, flights and housing arrangements. Very exciting!
I plan on using this forum to keep all of you up to date on my experiences in Australia, both with the university and with the Rotary Organization. Thanks for reading and please check back!