Study & Exchange Programs

Global Milwaukee Committee


The Rotary Club of Milwaukee is in the early stages of developing a program to help manufacturers in Wisconsin believe that the world can be a trustworthy place to do business –by leveraging our unique global organization that’s been built on a 100-year history of trust and Midwestern values.


One of the first steps in exploring new marketplaces is often simply finding a few key business people who can be trusted.  That challenge seems especially difficult outside the U.S., which prevents many manufacturers from seriously thinking about exporting their products.


Rotary International has 34,000 clubs in nearly 200 countries around the globe – 28,000 clubs outside the U.S. – comprised of nearly one million business people who value ethics. One of the basic tenets of Rotary is the encouragement of these high ethical standards in business and the professions. As any member who has attended a Rotary meeting abroad can attest, these shared Rotary values can lead to an instant sense of camaraderie and trust.


RCM gathers Rotarians and area manufacturing executives monthly to discuss global business and learn how Rotary might provide a framework for building trust in international business relationships. The group has been gathering data and forming a pilot program to test Rotary’s benefits as a “trust bridge” for doing business globally.


Learn more about the process here.


Youth Exchange


The Rotary International Youth Exchange Program is designed to advance international understanding, peace, and goodwill at the individual level. The Rotary Club of Milwaukee does not currently sponsor any Youth Exchange applicants. For more information on our Rotary District's Youth Exchange activities, check out the District 6270 website



Ambassadorial Scholarships


The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. Scholarships fund one year of study abroad. 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.


District 6270 awards one Ambassadorial Scholarship every other year. The next scholarship will be awarded for study in the 2017-18 academic year. Applications will likely be due in January 2017.


Funding is intended to cover round-trip transportation, required academic fees for a normal course load, reasonable room and board expenses, and some educational supplies. Generally, awards will range between $11,000 and $25,000 depending upon actual costs at the assigned study institution, with no award to exceed $25,000.


To apply, you must be a graduating senior or have completed your undergraduate degree and be intending to apply the scholarship toward graduate level studies abroad. You must be a resident or full time student in the Milwaukee area. Persons with disabilities and members of Rotaract clubs are eligible and encouraged to apply. Children of Rotary members are not eligible.


To learn more about this scholarship, check out the District 6270 website



Rotary World Peace Scholarships


Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree (2 year program) in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution (3 month program).


Each year, scholars are selected to study at one of the six Rotary Centers worldwide. Fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their careers.


The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has established the Rotary Centers for International Studies:

  • to advance research, teaching, publication, and knowledge of issues of peace and goodwill, causes of conflict, and world understanding;
  • to provide advanced educational opportunities for a group of Rotary World Peace Scholars chosen from various countries and cultures in order to advance knowledge and world understanding among potential future leaders of government, business, education, media, and other professions;
  • to establish a program through which The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and the member clubs of Rotary International may become increasingly effective in promoting greater tolerance and cooperation among peoples, leading to world peace and understanding.


To learn more, go to the Rotary International web site



World Affairs Seminar


The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) takes place each summer at Carroll University. The Seminar is a unique educational program that provides a forum for future leaders (high school students) to be introduced to some of the most perplexing global issues and problems present today. It enables the best and brightest students from all over the world to come together and to study and discuss these issues in a safe and non-threatening environment. In the process, participants also learn about each others' customs, traditions, opinions and aspirations.


The academic program is based on a central theme, and experts are invited to speak on related topics. The daily schedule consists of lectures, panel presentations, films, informal discussion sessions, breaks for meals served at a university dining hall, and numerous opportunities to participate in social and recreational activities across the campus. Domestic high school students who will complete their sophomore or junior year just prior to the start of the Seminar and international students are eligible to apply.


Some scholarships are available through the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Call the Rotary office at 414-276-4425 for more information.


To learn more, go to the WAS website.