This year 264 applications were received by The Rotary Foundation for Rotary World Peace Fellow scholarships. The district 5040 candidate was not selected. We feel we put forward a very good candidate but the scholarship is very competitive.
Each application was read and scored by two of the Rotary Foundation committee members or advisors. The selected Class 10 fellows represent the most promising peace builders from across the globe. The average age is 32 years old with an average of 7 years of professional experience. A third of the selected Fellows are coming from work with an NGO and another 20 percent come from backgrounds in education or peace building. Class 10 Fellows are from 44 different countries. 44% of the Class 10 Peace Fellows are from low-income countries.
For applicants and clubs interested in reapplying, the 2012 Rotary Peace Center application will be available on line in mid-December 2010 on the Rotary website. 2012 Rotary Peace Fellowship applications are due 1 July 2011. I encourage every club in District 5040 to look in their community for the best possible person to put forward. District 5040 has had three successful candidates since the program started.