Maiden (Med) Manzanal of Abbotsford, BC, sponsored by the Abbotsford-Sumas Rotary Club, applied for and was accepted to the three month Professional Development Certificate program and will begin her studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand on 7 January 2015.

Amelia Kent of Everett, Washington, sponsored by the Everett Rotary Club, applied for and has been accepted as an alternative for the Master's Degree program at University of Queensland, Australia.

Both of these young women were interviewed by their respective sponsoring Rotary clubs' scholarship committees and then by the District Scholarship Committee, and both were rated as excellent candidates.

Rotary Peace scholarship are awarded to about 50 candidates in each program every year.

In the case of the Master's Degree program more that 400 applicants were considered world-wide. The number of applicants for the Professional Development program was not provided.

Med has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Diplomacy/International Relations from the Lyceum of the Philippines, along with a Master's Degree in International Studies from the University of the Philippines as well as Executive Education Studies in International Development at McGill University, Quebec.

She has worked as Regional Program Manger for the World Fair Trade Organization Asia, as Diversity Coordinator for the City of Abbotsford, as Senior International Development Specialist for GlobalStakes Consulting, and as an independent consultant.

Amelia obtained an Associate Degree of Arts and Science from Everett Community College, Bachelor of Social Work from Seattle University.

She worked as a Minority Acheivers Program Lead for the YMCA, as a Mental Health Technician for Compas Health, as a Human Trafficking Prevention Volunteer for the Peace Corps in the Philippines.

These are just some highlights from very impressive applications.



Each year Rotary International offers 60 scholarships to six universities worldwide. The selection process starts in local Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 5050 serving Rotary Clubs in British Columbia and Washington State.

The Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution is a major educational priority of The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation has established partnerships with universities in Japan, Sweden, England, Australia, Thailand and North Carolina in the US.

Applications must have earned an undergraduate degree and be proficient in a second language.

The District 5050 Scholarship Committee accepts applications for Rotary's Peace Fellowship program starting in the spring of each year.

The Fellowship consists of two programs: one is at the master's degree level (15 to 24 months) the other is at the certificate level (3 months). The Fellowship includes tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship/field study expenses.

The Professional Development Certificate would be valuable to first responders or emergency personnel.

Applicants must apply through a Rotary Club, download the application form from the Rotary website (, and be interviewed by the District Scholarship Committee. The Committee must then have the applications in the hands of the Rotary Foundation by July 1st.

The clubs role in this process is to find, interview, and prepare candidates and forward their applications to the District Scholarship Committee.

The Committee welcomes Rotarians interested and willing to participate in the District interviews.

For further information please contact District Committee chair Jack Rae at