Rotary discusses upcoming scholarships

BY Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

Donna Landry, First Lady of Rotary District 6200. was introduced during Tuesday’s luncheon at the Town Club as the guest speaker of the subject of Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship Program.

Landry, who is the wife of District Governor Greg Landry, has belonged to Rotary for more than 20 years and holds a journalism degree which she earned from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

She holds this program as “nearest and dearest” to her heart because of her experience of the program in the 1980s when she traveled abroad to study in Egypt.

The program, which began in 1947, has benefitted more than 38,000 scholars worldwide in the “sharing of culture and experiences that are just awesome,” raved Landry. Rotary looks at these opportunities as a way to improve international relations.

She advised that in the month of April, each club would receive new scholarship applications and members should “seek out likely candidates” for the experience.

Two opportunities to applicable candidates that Rotary International extends are: at the district level and globally.

District level applicants are awarded a $15,000 scholarship and must possess two years of college experienced and two years of workplace or graduate studies. Each must possess adequate verbal and written communication skills, as well as a good understanding of Rotary International and its goals and purposes.

At the global level, the amount increases to $30,000 and is only available to graduate students. Applicants must also secure their own arrangements with a university chosen for them and the program is much more subject- restrictive. On the other hand, these scholarships may be granted up to four years per applicant, whereas, district wide they are not.

“We are in the midst of creating a larger vision plan for the program, and we urge each member to become involved and to create a larger awareness of the program and its benefits,” Landry said enthusiastically.

On behalf of the program, Landry thanked Crowley’s club for their active participation throughout the years.

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