Service Above Self Scholarship

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"Service Above Self” is the core value that links all Rotarians

Do you exemplify the Rotary spirit?

The Rotary Club of Irvine is proud to support the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) high school sophomores and juniors by offering the Service Above Self Scholarship Award.  We are business and professional leaders who volunteer our time and talent to serve the community and the world.

We live our lives with the principle of “Service Above Self” and “The Four Way Test” and want to give youth in our community the opportunity to learn these standards in a way that provides help for our community and helps finance college ambitions. If you have an idea to strengthen our community and the commitment to plan, organize, and see it through to completion, keep reading.

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.

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.

How much is the scholarship and what can I use it for?

Scholarship winners will receive up to $5,000, based upon available funding. The money must be used for educational purposes.

Program funds are split between contest winners at local Irvine high schools.

What is an example of a major issue facing our community?

Our country and our community have witnessed challenges 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. Help us find a solution to address some of these challenges with consideration of Rotary’s Seven Areas of Focus.

Rotary’s Seven Areas of Focus

Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For 120 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.

Rotary Areas of Focus Circle Rotary Club of Irvine

What are the criteria for the project?

The project must be an original one created by the student. It must fit within at least one Area of Focus. It must be within Orange County, and have activities that Irvine Rotary members can participate in. The project itself would be implemented in the 2024-2025 school year.

How do I apply?

Follow these simple steps.

The 2024 application cycle is now open.

Applications for 2024-25 are due by midnight on March 31, 2024.

Identify a service project

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

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.

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