Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarships
Every year, Kingston Rotary clubs select students from the Kingston area to study for a year abroad. High school students are chosen based on their grades, general knowledge of Canada and world affairs, speaking ability, and aspirations. Rotarians, or friends of Rotarians, in a foreign country host them for 3 to 4 months at a time. The host Rotary club provides room and board and a small monthly allowance. In return, Kingston Rotarians and friends host incoming students for the year.
Our club has participated in this program every year since the early 1980s and our outbound students have gone to countries such as Brazil, Ecuador, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Spain, Czech Republic, Japan, Germany, India, Mexico, Slovakia and Thailand. They attend high school, continuing their learning, but they also learn the local language, returning fluent. They have made life-long friends, not only through their hosts but also with other exchange students whom they meet during the year.
Students (between the ages of 15 and 18-1/2) apply in the Fall. For more information, visit the District 7040 Youth Exchange website.
Global Grant Scholarship Program
These scholarships are available to university students applying to the first year of a Master's program.
The criteria for District 7040: The scholar must be studying outside of the Canada/USA, entering the first year of a Master's program, and must be a permanent resident of the District. In addition, the area of study must be strongly attached to one of Rotary's six areas of focus: (1) child and maternal health, 2) water and sanitation, 3) basic education and literacy, 4) economic and community development, 5) health and disease prevention, or 6) peace and conflict resolution.
For more information, please visit the District 7040 website.
Kingston Rotarians Assisting Refugees
KRAR includes Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kingston, Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston, Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac and the Kingston Waterfront Rotary Club.
KRAR believes that Kingston will be a stronger community if we welcome and assist newcomers, especially those rebuilding their lives after coming from turmoil abroad.
KRAR supports private refugee sponsor groups in the Kingston area (including Gananoque and Napanee).
The International Service Committee has been active for many years on various projects around the world. Most recently, surplus hospital equipment from Providence Continuing Care Centre has been transported to Kenya and a native reserve in Northern Ontario.
The committee has also provided funds for a school in Phulbari, Nepal, and supported students as they have graduated and gone on to university where they have started a Rotaract Club.
Contributions to Disaster Relief
Kingston area Rotary clubs have joined forces to send much needed funds to areas in the world devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes. The money is collected by members' personal contributions and forwarded to disaster relief agencies to help alleviate the loss felt by residents in ravaged areas such as Nepal, Haiti, Turkey, Honduras, Ecuador, and Southeast Asia.
Our club also supports ShelterBox Canada. Each box contains a tent, which will house 10 people, sleeping bags, water carriers, purification tablets, rope, tools, mosquito netting, eating utensils and a multi-fuel cooking stove. These boxes weigh 126 pounds (57kg) and are packed into a 33"x24"x24" fiberglass box. They are very portable and can be easily flown into a disaster area. Rotary clubs all over the world participate in this program by raising funds to fund boxes at a cost of approximately $1300 each.
Queen's International Centre
The Centre was started in the late 60's by Rotarian Ed Churchill to help international students studying at Queen's University. It provides experienced staff to help meet the needs of young people from around the world. It also provides information for local students intending to study abroad. Ed Churchill started the $45,000 campaign for the new Centre in 1962. It wrapped up in 1965 with the help of neighbouring clubs. Ed contributed 10% of all donations received, and over the years, made many more. The Rotary Club of Kingston contributed over $50,000 towards its expenses.