Ambassadorial Scholarships, Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known programme, closed end June 2013. Founded in 1947, it was an international programme aimed at encouraging those who had just graduated to undertake an additional year of study abroad to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. Nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices and as such has attracted many students to Ireland. It was the world's largest privately funded international scholarship's programme.
The Club has sent and hosted students on this Programme. During their time spent with us the Club welcomed the Scholar to our weekly meetings and events and they were active participants with Rotaract. They also spoke to other Rotary Clubs.
We would like to thank PP Bryan Johnston who was the Club's Host Counsellor to the Scholars who assisted them with day-to-day issues of adjusting to a new culture and society and also accompanied them on their round of talks to Rotary Clubs and the US Consul in Belfast.
Recent Ambassadorial Scholars to the Club (click on photo for more information)
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Recent Visiting Ambassadorial Scholars who addressed the Club
From time to time we were delighted to welcome Ambassadorial Scholars being hosted by other Rotary Clubs to Club Meetings.
Monday 10 June 2013 Martha Eisenhour from Reno Nevada gave a lively presentation. She advised that Reno was sheep rearing country 9 hours north of Las Vegas. There were 11 clubs in Reno and she was representing all. She was studying, along with 14 other students, conflict resolution at the Trinity College Dublin campus off the Antrim Road!
She had been on a polio trip to the UN in Geneva all rotary branded and highlighted that eradication would not have taken place without Rotary. Also, that India has been more successful with eradication than Africa because of the Rotarians on the ground. At the Londonderry Peace Conference, which she enjoyed, she met the RI President.
Monday 25 June 2012 Nora Tobin, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar attached to Dublin Central Rotary Club gave a most interesting presentation on her home State Iowa and her work in Ireland on conflict resolution.
Monday 31 October 2011 two American Ambassadorial Scholars, being hosted by the Rotary Club of Londonderry, Elaine Marie Joy and Katie Cooper. From Gallipolis, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee respectively spoke about their backgrounds and how the Ambassadorial Programme had transformed them.
We were pleased to hear two Scholars, Emily Sernaker (left of picture) hosted by Dublin North and Megan Black, 25, hosted by Dublin Central speaking to the Club Monday 9th May 2011 about themselves and their experiences.