Posted by Sheila Clarke on Mar 18, 2024
High school seniors are invited to apply for Reading Rotary's Service Above Self Scholarship.  Download application here.
Service Above Self Scholarships from Reading Rotary will be awarded to selected outstanding high school seniors who demonstrated the following:
• Leadership and volunteerism that personify Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self, whether in the school or other areas of the community.
• Consistent effort and commitment toward improving the quality of life for others.
• An awareness of and action toward raising awareness or addressing humanitarian needs in the immediate community or elsewhere in the world.
• A commitment to dedicating him- or herself to these ideals even into college and professional life.
• Interest in Interact and Rotary throughout high school.
Each scholarship will be for an amount up to $1,000 award to the selected candidate (the final number of candidates and scholarship amounts will be determined by the Club).  We hope that this scholarship will foster a lifelong association between Rotary International and the recipient!
Each applicant must complete the worksheet, below, and submit an essay addressing his/her leadership in demonstrating Service Above Self during their lives.  The essay must focus on those elements of service in the candidate’s background and not on GPA and courses of study.  Tailoring the essay to the qualifications listed above is strongly recommended.
Successful applicants are expected to participate in the following activities:
• Attend a future meeting of the Reading Rotary Club to present what you are doing in college and how you have embedded service into your future plans.
• Attend an event in July to receive your scholarship (if available).
• Participate in at least one service project for the Reading Rotary Club, your college, or a Rotary Club in the community in which you are studying.
• Make yourself available for public relations interviews.
• Maintain full-time, post-secondary academic studies with distinction, giving equal importance to all aspects of the Service Above Self Scholarship.
If you are awarded the Service Above Self Scholarship, you will receive your funds after the following documents have been provided to the Reading Rotary Club Scholarship Coordinator:
• Evidence that the student is enrolled in an institute of higher education
Please complete the application available here and sign the certification document.
Submit the completed application by email to Reading Rotary no later than midnight on April 22, 2024. Applications received after that date will not be considered.  You may use this form or submit the information in a different format provided it is complete.