CHARLOTTE Charlotte Shelburne Rotary Club is inviting students from Shelburne, Charlotte and Hinesburg to apply for the District Ambassadorial Scholarship for study abroad during the academic year 2008-2009. The scholarship, awarded to the student chosen from those who apply throughout Rotary District 7850 which includes northern Vermont and parts of New Hampshire and Quebec, is for a stipend of up to $23,000. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship studies. Applications should be submitted to the Charlotte Shelburne Club by the middle of June and if there are multiple applications the club will have an interview process to choose which candidate will be submitted to the District level where the final choice will be made. To receive information about the scholarship, and an application form, contact Charlotte Shelburne Rotary President Katie Camardo at KatieC@VTBear.com. Since 1947 nearly 37,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad under the auspices of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Today it is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. Nearly 800 scholarships were awarded for study in 2005-06. Through grants totaling approximately US$500 million, recipients from some 70 countries studied in more than 70 nations. The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries. Rotary members worldwide contribute to the scholarship fund in the belief that the students who are Ambassadorial Scholars today will be tomorrow's community and world leaders.