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Rotary Club of Gettysburg Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg began its scholarship fund in 1956 when a bequest by former club President Charles Eicholtz was received by the club. The initial funding has been added to from time to time by various club members. Today, the Fund has assets approaching $100,000. Those funds are currently being managed and safeguarded by the Adams Country National Bank. Mr. Eicholtz’s bequest allowed for both loans and for scholarship grants. For many years the club operated a loan program for needy students but in 1990, converted over to an all scholarship program.

High School seniors who are going on to higher education are eligible to apply for a club scholarship. The student must live in either the Gettysburg, Upper Adams or Fairfield schools districts to be eligible. They can attend schools in any of those three districts, could attend high school at a private high school or could be home schooled. No relative of a Rotarian is eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to appear in person for an interview.

The club has both Vocational and Academic Scholarships available each year. The Vocational awards are targeted toward students in hands on vocations that involve 18 to 24 month training programs. The academic awards are targeted toward students pursuing a four year degree in a business or professional field. In 2010, the Rotary Club of Gettysburg awarded three academic scholarships of $1,000 each and one vocational scholarship of $1,000. Find out more, download our brochure.

Community Involvement

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg feels strongly about the future of our nation and the world by addressing the importance of youth. The Rotary Club of Gettysburg has actively participated in youth understanding by establishing an Interact Club at the Gettysburg High School and the Rotaract Club at Gettysburg College.

The Gettysburg Interact Club. The Interact Club follows the Rotary mission to foster humanitarian service and help others. Our own Tammy Myers is the Rotary Club Advisor to the GAHS Interact Club. The High School Advisor is Mrs. Randi Kubeck. The 2012-13 GAHS Club President is Gisel Garcia and the club officers are Kate Hessler, Aisling McCready, and Brooke Myers. The club’s motto is to “Interact for Change” and “To Act for each other.”

The Gettysburg Rotaract Club. A service club at Gettysburg College, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, the Gettysburg College Rotaract Club is a true partner in service with our local Gettysburg Rotary Club. The goal of this college level service club is to address the community's physical and social needs, while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 8,400 clubs in about 170 countries and geographical areas.

As a member of Rotaract, one may also:

For more information about Rotaract in your area, contact Rotary International. To find out more about what Rotaract does, download the Rotaract Handbook (PDF) and the Rotaract Promotional Card (PDF).
The 4-Way Test Essay Contest
Each year, local 9th graders are invited to participate in our 4-Way Test Essay Contest. The topic of the essay is Rotary’s “Four-Way Test” and what it means to the conduct of my daily life. The written essay should explain your personal understanding of the “Four-Way Test” and how it relates to your life experiences and/or society. How does it influence what you say, think, and do?

The Four-Way Test:
  1. Is it TRUTH?
    2 Is it FAIR to all concerned?
    3 Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  2. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The winner of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg 4-Way Essay Test is awarded a prize of $100.00 and goes on to represent the Gettysburg Rotary at the district level. The District prizes are: First Place - $500, Second Place - $300, Third Place - $100.

For the 2013-14 Rotary Club of Gettysburg 4-Way Essay Test, submissions close in December 2014. The winner will be announced in early Spring 2014.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
A conference held each year for young women and men who are entering their senior year in high school and who have demonstrated leadership potential in their academic and extracurricular regimens. This year's camp will be held June 16- 30th, 2013.

Qualifications: Current Junior Class young men and women with leadership qualities in one or more of the following areas: scholastic attainment; citizenship; school organizations (Student Council, Honor Society, etc.); extracurricular activities like athletics, debating drama, music, etc.

Completed applications are duh on Month day, Year. Download a RYLA application. You will also need to include a completed Challenge Course Release Form with your application.

To find out more about the conference, including goals and daily activities, visit the RYLA page of our District 7390 website.

2015 Rotary Club Scholarships
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Graduating senior of the Gettysburg, Upper Adams, or Fairfield High School are invited to apply for the 2015 Rotary Club Of Gettysburg Scholarships. This year we are offering three Academic Scholarships ($1000 each), and one $1000 Vocational Scholarship.

2015 Academic Scholarship Application
2015 Vocational Scholarship Application

The application deadline is Wednesday April 1, 2015. Completed applications should be returned by the student to their high school guidance office. Your guidance counselor will then forward your application to the Rotary Club of Gettysburg for review. A Rotary committee will review the applications, and select students to interview. Interviews will be held this year on Tuesday, April 28th. The student must be present for the interview to be considered for the scholarship.