2020- 2021 District 5870
District Grant Vocational Scholarships

District 5870 will be sponsoring seven (7) District Vocational Scholarships for the 2019-20 Rotary Year that starts on July 1, 2020.
DGE Rick Stacy has decided that our District Scholarships will support vocational students who live in one of the 23 counties that comprise District 5870 and are planning to study at a community college or technical school located in one of these 23 counties; or in an adjacent county if that school is closer or a more economical option than a school located in a District 5870 county.
For the purpose of these scholarships, vocational education and training is defined as education that prepares students for jobs, careers at various levels from a trade to a craft, or a position in engineering, accounting, nursing, medicine and other healing arts, architecture, pharmacy, and law that do not require a 4 year college degree to perform.  Please see Section 2 of the District 5870 Vocational Scholarship Handbook for the areas of study that are acceptable for study under a District Vocational Scholarship. 
Please note that these scholarships are not intended for students wanting to attend a community college or technical school with the intent of later transferring any credits earned to a 4 year, upper level college.
Each District Vocational Scholarship will be $5,000, funded with District Designated Funds (DDF) received from TRF.  These grants can support up to two years of study, thereby enabling you to fund a student’s training through certification. 
Sponsoring clubs will be expected to contribute at least another $250 towards the student’s expenses and can, if they desire, increase this amount to cover project costs. 
The download section of this page has two very important documents:  
1.  The District's 2020-21 District Grant Vocational Scholarship Handbook,
2.  The 2020-21 District Grant Vocational Scholarship Application.
Please note that we expect you to read the handbook before you begin the process of finding a scholar.  It contains important information that you will need as you navigate through the process of finding and proposing a scholarship candidate, and (if your candidate is successful) getting the scholarship funded by District 5870.
Applications must be received by the POC to Barb Merlo, District Vocational Scholarship Chair (email to merlobarb@gmail.com), no later than May 22, 2020.
The district will hold scholarship interviews on June 13, 2020.  The time and place of interviews will be announced.