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The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships program is currently the world’s largest, privately funded international scholarships program.

Have empowered students to improve international under- standing for over half a century

Introduce scholars to the cultures of over 70 different countries • Send scholars from almost 70 different countries


The Ambassadorial Scholarships program supports the mission of The Rotary Foundation to further international understanding and world peace by

• Increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country

• Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active participation in Rotary service projects

• Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home communities and countries

• Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community

• Impacting all areas of the world through a balanced geographical distribution of scholars

• Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars

During the study period, scholars are expected to be outstanding ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country through appearances before Rotary clubs and districts, schools, civic organisations, and other forums. After study has been completed, scholars share their experiences with the people of their home countries and with the Rotarians who sponsored their scholarships.



Borjan Zic from Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA exchanging Rotary club banners with Past President Victor Jennett

Andrew Buchswald from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Donna Swanson, formerly from Belvidere, Illinois, USA,

Skye Geerts from Birmingham, Alabama, USA presenting President James Dale with a Rotary banner

Serena Giordano from Monza, Italy receiving a Banbridge Rotary club banner and a gift of Irish Linen from President James Dale

Martha Josephson from Detroit Lakes, USA presenting President James Dale with a Rotary banner

Phillip Londeree from the state of Mississippi, USA presenting President George McCaigue with a Rotary banner

Korah Winn of Illinois, USA with President John Dawson and his wife Jenny.
Korah’s host club is the Rotary Club of Antrim, and her sponsoring club is Rock Falls Rotary Club. She was born in Dixon, Illinois (the hometown of Ronald Reagen); she lives two hours west of Chicago and considers herself more of a country girl than a city girl, so Banbridge felt a bit like home to her. Korah enjoys the Queen’s Canoe Club and her church, and she is enjoying Northern Ireland very much and finds the people to be incredibly warm and welcoming.

Courtnai (Chang Heng-Yu to give her her full name) from Taiwan with President Eddie Carr and Rotarian Ellen Hillen (Lisburn)

Suzuki Ayako Okegawa from Saitama, near Tokyo

Chester (Hsieh-Che Tsai to give his full name) from Taiwan with President Robin Mowbray and Martin Sayliss (Past President RC Newtownabbey)

Alexandra Chung from Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA

Toshiki Tatara from Ashikita, Japan with Past President John Dawson

Jennifer Smerdon from Victoria in Western Canada

Chris Cunningham from Kentucky exchanging Rotary banners with Past President John Dawson

Bipasha Ray from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Yuko Chiba from Japan with President Billy Ferguson, his wife Millicent, Past President John Dawson and his wife Jenny

Also hosted were: Vanessa Burrows from Indiana, Bobby Frigo from Chigago, Casey Adrian from Texas, Jeremy Shull from Pennsylvania, Rachel Lyle from Cedar Falls in Iowa, and Rebecca Shea from Sterling Heights, Michigan, (all from USA)