Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarship (RATSITS)
Rotary International celebrated its Centenary on February 23rd, 2005. In recognition of this important milestone, the Rotary Club of Balwyn established a scholarship (“Scholarship”) for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island students to study at an approved tertiary institution (TAFE, University or other approved institution) for a period of up to four years duration. The inaugural Scholarship was awarded on a bi-ennial basis in 2005 and was followed by another Scholarship awarded in 2007. As a result of significant financial support and sponsorship from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development as well as Skills Victoria and the Department of Justice, it was possible for the Scholarship to be offered on an annual basis.
Selection is based on interview and not solely on Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank scores or means testing.
The value of the Scholarship was up to $25,000 per annum ($100,000 over four years). Total funding up to 2017 has exceeded $1.4m of which some $400,000 was provided by the Club.
Discussions are underway with the Federal Government re a proposal to transition the program from the Club’s stewardship, and funding, to a national body.
- Postgraduate Global Environmental Sustainability (PGES) Awards
To recognize the importance of global environmental sustainability, the Rotary Clubs of Balwyn and Geelong conduct a Postgraduate Global Environmental Sustainability (PGES) Awards Program. The awards are for students enrolled in at least the second year of a PhD program (by research), in an area related to environmental sustainability, and are intended to assist the recipients to attend and present their research results at an international conference, held in Australia or overseas. The conference must be held between 1 January, 2018 and 31 December, 2018. The value of the awards will normally be within the range $1,000 - $2,500. The 2018 application round focused on students pursuing research in science and engineering in areas related to Global Environmental Sustainability. Eligibility Students must be Australian citizens in at least the second year of a research-based PhD program at a recognised university in Victoria. They must be presenting a paper (talk or poster) at the conference. Confirmation of the conference presentation will be required prior to an award being made Selection Criteria The award will be made on the basis of the academic record of the student, the quality of the application, the relevance of the conference to the student's research and the international standing of the conference. As indicated above, the 2018 application round will focus on students pursuing research in science and engineering in areas related to Global Environmental Sustainability. Condition of Award Successful applicants will:
- be expected to provide a brief written report in which they indicate how attendance at the conference was of benefit to their research work, and
- if required attend a meeting of the Rotary Club of Balwyn or Geelong and give a brief presentation describing, in terms suitable to the lay person, the content of their presentation at the conference and how the conference was of value to their studies.
- Youth Programs
The Rotary Club of Balwyn is an active supporter of the many Rotary Youth programs including: Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is a week-long residential program for young people aged 18 to 25, which focuses on personal growth, leadership development and community. Sunday 3rd - Saturday 9th December 2017 Applications for RYLA now open! Are you aged between 18-25? Do you live, work, study or volunteer within District 9800? Do you have an open mind? Ready to challenge yourself? Take on the RYLA challenge ! RYLA Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Youth Leadership conference for young people who are between 15 and 17 and are year 9, 10 or 11 students. The conference is a weekend long camp designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure- based learning. RYPEN National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) runs annual residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science. It gives year 12 students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and encourages them to continue their studies in these fields. NYSF
- Four Way Test Public Speaking Competition
The Four Way Test Public Speaking Competition is based on similar competitions that had been run by a number of Clubs over many years. The objectives are to provide a competitive outlet for secondary students attending schools within the City of Boroondara to hone their public speaking skills and promote the Rotary Four Way Test to secondary students as a moral compass—a positive way of living their lives.