Service Above Self Scholarship
Review the resources on this page so that you can successfully understand the intent of the program and requirements for the scholarship.
Do you exemplify the Rotary spirit?
Irvine Rotary opens the doors for you to make a difference. Whether it’s in Irvine, Orange County, or internationally, Rotary provides both the means and the resources to help.
With more than 35,000 clubs in over 180 countries around the world, Rotary is global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
This scholarship is for juniors and seniors attending high schools in Irvine that carry out impactful acts of Service Above Self. If you have an idea to strengthen our community and the commitment to plan, organize, and see it through to completion, keep reading.
How do I apply?
Follow these simple steps.
The 2021-22 application cycle is now closed.
Applications for 2023 will be accepted starting in January 2023. Continue reading to prepare for next year.
Identify a service project
Think of an impactful ‘hands-on’ project that you can plan, coordinate, which our members can execute locally that has benefits for Irvine and Orange County.
Get parental consent
If you are under 18, you’ll need parental consents to participate in this opportunity.
Share your idea and plan it out
Share Your Idea
Tell others about your idea. Think about how you can best impact our community. Consider resources, time, budget, and practicality. Oh, and make sure to have some fun too.
Apply for scholarship
Time for you to apply — The Rotary Club of Irvine funds the most impactful, well-planned projects. It’s time for you to share with us your scholarship winning idea.
What is an example of a major issue facing our community?
Our country and our community have witnessed challenges that it has never experienced before. COVID19, wildfires, layoffs, changes in farming, and business closures are all forces that have caused many thriving families to face realities and experiences both new and frightening. Consider helping us find a solution to address some aspect of the resulting homelessness with consideration of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.
Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus
Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 115 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.
Now…it’s your turn.
Clean Water & Sanitation
We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. Project ideas: beach/ocean clean-ups, water awareness and conservation, hand-washing/sanitation.
Preventing and treating disease
We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Project ideas: Blankets for cancer patients, COVID prevention, blood drives.
Saving mothers & children
We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger. Project ideas: meal packaging, nutrition awareness, stopping domestic violence, day-long clinic for dental/vision.
Improving education & literacy
Rotary aims to strengthen access to basic education and increases literacy for children and adults. Project ideas: book collection/distribution, poetry exhibits, literacy resources for refugees/prisons/other populations.
Growing local economies
We enhance economies by lifting up everyone in our community, create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. Project ideas: vocational training, financial literacy, reducing homelessness.
Building peace & resolving conflict
Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. Project ideas: Mediating conflict, anti-bullying, reducing discrimination, building goodwill between conflicting groups/cultures.