A chance to study overseas

If being paid to travel overseas and study sounds good to you, then you may want to consider applying for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.

The Rotary Club of Lismore West is seeking applicants to apply for a Rotary Foundation academic year Ambassadorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 Rotary year. The successful applicant would receive $US26,000 to study abroad for twelve months at the institution of their choice. To qualify, you need to have completed two years of a university degree or have been employed in a recognised vocation for at least two years.

Jane Gullickson, from South Dakota in the USA , received the scholarship last year and is currently studying in Lismore at Southern Cross University.

“I graduated in political science and journalism and I’m studying for my masters in public policy here,” Jane said.

Jane said that Rotary were looking for a person who was open-minded, well-rounded, and adaptable who would benefit from the cultural experience.

“Part of the obligation is to visit and speak at Rotary clubs in the country you are living in,” Jane said. “You need to be a good ambassador for Rotary, uphold the Rotary principles and represent your home country well. You need to promote cultural understanding and when you go home, give people a good idea of what it is like to live in another country.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me and every day I learn so much. Rotary members here in Lismore have given so much support and I’m happy to be here with such nice weather.”

Scholarship applications close on July 1. For more information, contact the Rotary club secretary, Norm Robinson by email on norm1934@tpg.com.au. You can also get information by following the links to the scholarship on the Rotary website at www.rotary.org.

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