Since 1946, Rotarians in the state of Georgia, USA, have promoted world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. It is a unilateral scholarship, not an exchange program, nor is it a needs-based scholarship. All three Georgia Districts participate in the program. Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students recommended by a Rotary Club in their home country. In Georgia, the students become adopted members of a Rotarian “host family”, living on campus at the school they attend. Each year more than 40 students from all over the world make friends in the US and learn about differing cultures and lifestyles. Rotarians believe that ‘Peace is Possible’ and through GRSP Georgia Rotarians promote international goodwill through the bonds of friendship and understanding.
The scholarship covers one scholastic year from August to May and is for undergraduate study in colleges and universities located in the state of Georgia. It pays for tuition, book allowance, meals, and a dorm room at the college. Applicants must provide for transportation from and return to their home country, medical insurance, $3000 spending money, and must pay any taxes imposed by any government on the scholarship.
To be eligible, a student must be able to pass an English proficiency test; meet the entrance requirements, including GPA, of the school they will attend; be 18 but not 25 years of age by August 1 of the year that the studies begin; must be an undergraduate and must have not studied in the USA. They must be single and remain single for the duration of the scholarship.
Since this program is unique to Georgia, every Georgia Rotarian has an obligation to publicize the GRSP program, especially when visiting foreign Rotary Clubs. For more information, or to obtain application information, please contact: GRSP, P.O. Box 61327, Savannah, Georgia, 31420; phone 912-961-1331; or on the web at www.grsp.org.