Information as of February 10, 2017
Detailed information on the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship program, including materials to download, may be found at the Rotary District 7620 website, www.rotary7620.org. Click on "Scholarships" (one of the blue tabs on the left navigation). It is the responsibility of potential candidates to familiarize themselves with information on the website.
The information presently showing on the website is for the 2018 selection process, to select Rotary Global Grant Scholars who will begin their studies in September or October of 2018 (for study institutions in the Northern Hemisphere, where the school year is typically September/October through May/June) or in February or March of 2019 (for study institutions in the Southern Hemisphere, where the school year is typically February/March through November/December). It is too late to apply for a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for studies beginning in the fall of 2017.
The deadline for submission of an application through Rotary Clubs in our Rotary District for the 2018 selection is October 31, 2017. Since the preparation of a suitable application requires a lot of reflection and research, it will be difficult for someone who has not yet begun preparing an application to meet the deadline.
One may apply through a Rotary Club in the place of one's permanent residence (home town), or where one presently lives, or where one studies, or where one works, which might theoretically be four different places. A listing of Rotary Clubs in our Rotary District may be found at this website: Rotary District 7620 Clubs List.
If one's application indicates that one would be a viable candidate, the candidate will normally be invited by the Rotary Club through which he or she applied to an interview, probably on a weekend, probably some time in November. The club's interviewing committee is composed of Rotarians who are members of the club, all of whom volunteer to serve on the committee. If a candidate is invited for an interview, he or she must appear in person on the date scheduled for the interview, or his or her application will not be considered further, so it is best for candidates not to schedule any travel on weekends during that period.
On the day of the interview, if the club has more than one candidate, the club's interviewing committee normally chooses the best candidate from among those interviewed and forwards that candidate's application on to District 7620's selection committee. This committee typically receives seven to fifteen applications a year from the various Rotary Clubs in the District. If a candidate's application is forwarded on to District 7620's selection committee, and if the committee finds the application particularly strong in comparison with the applications it receives from other Rotary Clubs in District 7620, it will invite the candidate to an interview. The interviews for the 2018-2019 academic year will take place in January 2018, probably on a weekend. At the Rotary District level, the rule is the same as at the club level: if a candidate is invited for an interview, he or she must appear in person for the interview on the date scheduled or his or her application will not be considered further. So it is best for candidates not to schedule any long-distance travel on weekends during January.
Of the candidates interviewed at the District level, District 7620's selection committee normally selects two candidates to propose to Rotary International, the umbrella organization representing all the Rotary Clubs of the world, which decides whether or not to endorse the candidates chosen by the Rotary District. Unless something is seriously wrong with or missing from the application, the endorsement by Rotary International is normally a formality.
In recent years, the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars selected by Rotary District 7620 have typically had a 4.0 grade point average as undergraduates. They have had broad, wide-ranging knowledge; outstanding writing skills (as evidenced in the essays included with their applications); glowing letters of recommendation; personal qualities of kindness, generosity, warmth, and humility; altruism as evidenced by a good record of volunteer activities and service to the community; and charisma, which comes across during the personal interviews. This paragraph is included not to discourage candidates from applying but rather to demonstrate that the competition is very fierce.
The two candidates selected by District 7620's selection committee should know by early 2018 whether Rotary International has approved District 7620's selections and to which institution overseas they will be sent (in late 2018 or early 2019).
In Rotary Year 2016-2017, Rotarian Octavian Ionici (firstname.lastname@example.org) is chairing the Rotary Scholarships Committee for the Rotary Club of Washington, D.C.