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I. La Jolla Rotary Scholarship Programs for Graduates of La Jolla High Schools

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La Jolla Rotary Foundation administers two scholarship programs under which approximately $140,000 is distributed each year to graduates of La Jolla High School, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day School and The Preuss School. These are known as:

  • La Jolla Rotary Scholarships and
  • Florence Riford Scholarships

Youth At Rotary LJ Mtg.Both of these scholarship programs provide financial assistance during the first year of college, and are intended to reward achievement and enable graduating seniors of these four La Jolla area high schools to further their education. However, the criteria for considering the scholarship applicants differ somewhat and are described in sections A. & B. below. Students may be eligible to receive additional scholarship assistance during their Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. (See section D. below).

La Jolla Rotary Foundation is a charitable “501(c)3″ corporation, contributions to which are fully tax-deductible.

A. La Jolla Rotary Scholarships

  1. Applicant must attend a four-year college or university in the United States as a full-time student with enrollment commencing in the fall after graduating high school.
  2. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  3. Applicant must have an un-weighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  4. Applicant cannot be a child, grandchild, niece or nephew of a member of La Jolla Rotary.
  5. Applicant must submit a completed application (refer to section C.) before the specified deadline (refer to section E.).
  6. Evaluation criteria include academic achievement, financial need, extracurricular activities, community service, notable experiences or skills, and interview impression.

Funds to support La Jolla Rotary Scholarships are derived from donations, grants, bequests and fundraising activities of the La Jolla Rotary Club. Scholarships awarded to graduating seniors tend to be in the range of $3,000 to $5,000.

B. Florence Riford Scholarships

  1. Applicant must attend a four-year college or university in California as a full-time student pursuing studies leading to a career in science, mathematics, engineering or medicine, with enrollment commencing in the fall after graduating high school.
  2. Preference will first be given to applicants enrolling at UCSD, and then to those enrolling in other California four-year colleges or universities.
  3. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  4. Applicant must have an un-weighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.5
  5. Applicant cannot be a child, grandchild, niece or nephew of a member of La Jolla Rotary.
  6. Applicant must submit a completed application (refer to section C.) before the specified deadline (refer to section E.).
  7. Evaluation criteria include academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community service, notable experiences or skills, and interview impression. Financial need is not a criterion in the awarding of this scholarship.

The Florence Riford Scholarship program was established and endowed by the late Mrs. Florence Riford, who was the first female member of the La Jolla Rotary Club. Scholarships awarded to graduating seniors tend to be in the range of $3,000 to $5,000.

C. How to Apply for Scholarships

Scholarships are available to graduating seniors of La Jolla High School, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day School and The Preuss School. Students who might qualify are encouraged to apply for both scholarships, although each student is eligible to receive only one scholarship.

Links to downloadable (.pdf) documents:

La Jolla Rotary Scholarship Application
Florence Riford Scholarship Application
Florence Riford Letter of Recommendation

D. How to Reapply for Scholarships

Additional scholarship assistance may be available to college students who received either La Jolla Rotary or Florence Riford Scholarships as graduating high school seniors.

Download Reapplication Requirements for La Jolla Rotary and Florence Riford Scholarships

E. Important Dates and Mandatory Deadlines

  • Scholarship applications from graduating high seniors must be received at La Jolla Rotary’s post office box no later than April 1, 2014.
  • Scholarship reapplications from college students must be received at La Jolla Rotary’s post office box (or, with respect to a reapplication letter submitted by email, at La Jolla Rotary’s email address for scholarship matters) no later than April 1, 2014.
  • Scholarship interviews for graduating high school seniors will be held Saturday, April 12, 2014 (tentative date, subject to change), at a location to be announced.
  • La Jolla Rotary’s Scholarship Awards Lunch honoring scholarship recipients will be held Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (tentative date), at La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla.

F. How to Receive Disbursement of Scholarship Funds

The following procedures must be followed by scholarship recipients in order to receive disbursement of scholarship funds for the 2013 – 2014 academic year. Please note that strict compliance with these procedures is obligatory.

On or before October 15, 2014, we must have received from you all of the following:

  • An official certified document issued by the registrar of your college or university confirming you are a full-time student (a class schedule or a letter accepting you to your college or university is not sufficient)
  • the mailing address to which to send your check, and
  • your current email address and a phone number (in the event we need to contact you).

Upon receiving all of the foregoing in a timely manner, we will issue you a check as promptly as possible.

If we have not received the requisite Registrar’s certified document and all other required information on or before October 15, 2014, your scholarship will be forefeited…. no exceptions!

G. How to Contact La Jolla Rotary Regarding Scholarships

For all scholarship matters, contact Rotary at:

Chair, Scholarship Committee
Rotary Club of La Jolla
P.O. Box 525
La Jolla, CA 92038

PLEASE NOTE: La Jolla Rotary sends out all notifications to students via email. To insure that these emails are received, students are encouraged to check their inboxes carefully, set their spam filters and check their spam periodically when they expect to receive an email from a La Jolla Rotary member or representative.

II. Other La Jolla Rotary Scholarship Programs

A. Tijuana Rotary Youth Scholarships

A collaborative endeavor of Rotary Club of La Jolla and Club Rotario de Tijuana. The scholarships are awarded to 6th grade students in poor districts in Tijuana who have demonstrated superior academic and leadership performance and who wish to continue their schooling through the 12th grade. To enhance their educational experience, the students have been organized into an Association of Rotary Youth Scholars, which meets weekly in a Scholars’ Lab in Tijuana. Emphasis is on instruction in computer usage and in facility in the English language. For further information, please refer to http://www.tjscholars.com/.

B. Strive Scholarships

Awarded to promising students graduating from the Garfield High School in San Diego. The goal of the La Jolla Rotary Foundation’s STRIVE scholarship program is to assist graduates to further their education and to reward their achievements.

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