Georgia Rotary Student Program Scholarship

The 2024-2025 Application is now open! Click Apply Now below to begin!

Students from around the world apply each year for this amazing cultural experience. Our ambassadorial scholarship is focused on education and cultural enrichment. We want you to come to the United States as an ambassador for your country and leave being an ambassador of the United States and many other countries you will learn about from your fellow GRSP students.

If accepted into the program you will be extended a one-year (August to May), undergraduate-level, non-degree-seeking scholarship to a college or university here in Georgia. You do not get to select the school you attend. Your host club determines that. You will live on campus in a dormitory but will have a host family that will be your “home base” throughout the year. Your host family will serve as your “family” throughout the year, there to support and guide you every step of the way. You get to spend time on weekends, breaks, and holidays with your host family living everyday life in America. Our program does not contemplate an “exchange” of students, and there is no obligation in return to accept any students from the United States. All we expect is that you will come to fully engage, learn, and share with us in an effort to help us expand peace, international goodwill, and understanding around the world. We want to build life-long friendships and expand your global network and ours in hopes that we can work together to make the world a better place.

Application Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by August 1 or must not have reached age 25 by August 1 of the scholastic year (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Applicants who are married, or engaged to be married, will not be awarded a scholarship (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Applicants who have previously studied in the USA for a period exceeding four months cannot be considered for a scholarship (NO EXCEPTIONS).
  • Citizens and Dual Citizens of the United States are not eligible to receive the GRSP scholarship.
  • All students must be sponsored by a Rotary Club from your country. If your parents or friends of the family are Rotarians, ask their clubs to sponsor you. If you have no connection to Rotary, click on the box to the right to find a Rotary Club near you to approach about sponsorship.

Please review the Application Guidelines Tab to the right for more information on the scholarship and application guidelines.

We have 26 participating colleges and universities within Georgia. Some require SAT scores and some do not. Because students do not pick the college or the clubs that sponsor them, test scores are strongly suggested for the selection process, so the club reviewing the application would have an idea of the student’s ability to understand English. To meet these English proficiency requirements, schools will accept a TOEFL IBT of 74 or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing of 480. It is important that we have your TOEFL IBT and SAT Reading/Math scores at the time of your application submission or the date scheduled for your test(s), which should be taken before December 1 in order to have results returned prior to the GRSP student selection process. Not having the test scores sent to us in a timely fashion will greatly impact the likelihood of your acceptance. Please note the Test Requirements for our partnering colleges on the tab to the right.

If accepted and offered a scholarship, we will begin your admissions process with your assigned college or university. In the event that the school determines you do not meet its admissions standards, the scholarship offer will unfortunately have to be withdrawn.

The GRSP scholarship pays scholastic costs, including tuition, dormitory, meal plan, and $500 per term toward medical insurance costs. Students are responsible for covering all transportation expenses to and from the United States, the required medical insurance costs, any income taxes imposed on non-scholarship income by the U.S. Treasury, any transcript translation and/or evaluation expenses, textbooks, passports, visas, inoculations, and personal spending money. It is important to do your research and ask questions early to make sure you understand all of your financial obligations. Students need to be prepared to bring $4,000 to $6,000 in reserve to cover expenses throughout the year and must verify that they have access to such funds as part of the visa application process. Your host families are not expected or prepared to support you in any way financially throughout the year.

If you meet our requirements, embrace our mission, and are all-in for a life-changing adventure, we encourage you to apply.

Please read the Application Guidelines and Scholarship Agreement before you begin the application process.

Please note, this application CANNOT be saved. We suggest you print out a PDF copy and gather the information you need before you start the online form below. Be sure to have information on your sponsoring Rotary club and a digital photo ready to upload, too.

If you are unable to access the online application, please email [email protected] for assistance.


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