Getting scholarships is important and can be challenging. While there is never a guarantee, belonging to Big Thompson Interact can be beneficial especially when you have been more active – like holding an office, leading a project, etc.

The following is information about some Rotary related scholarships and activities. Be sure to include your Interact participation when applying for these or any other scholarships to help give you a better chance.

Loveland Rotary Scholarships

· We provide two scholarships of $2000 each for four years (in other words, total of $8000 if students keep their grades up). Eligible schools are Loveland High, TV High, Berthoud High and Mountain View.

· We provide one $1000 scholarship for one year for a Ferguson H.S. student.

· We provide two $2300 scholarship for one year donated by Jay Baily for his son David Baily. All high schools are eligible EXCEPT Ferguson.

· Lucile Erwin scholarship is funded by the Lucile Erwin family and is $1000 for one year. We are considering changing the criteria for this scholarship to be a vocational (instead of academic) scholarship. Again, all high schools are eligible except Ferguson.

Timing – Around November, counselors at each of the high schools are reminded about these scholarships and the judging criteria. The counselors at each school has turn in their 3 top candidates by March. The final recipients are selected from the 3 top candidates from 5 high schools (Mountain View, Loveland, TV, Ferguson and Berthoud) in April.

Criteria –

· Scholarship – Student grade point average, class ranking, and standardized test scores (ACT and SAT) will all be considered when evaluating scholarship. In addition, the rigor of each students program will have an influence on the final decision for scholarship. AP and or IB classes will be considered when evaluating rigor.

· Financial Need – Both the family income and the ability to finance a student will be components for judging financial need. Factors such as the number of children in the family, the health of the family members, and other family stressors will be factored into a final decision.

· Community and School Involvement – Rotary is interested in students who are involved in school and community projects. With the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, involvement is an important issue for Rotarians.

· Leadership – Rotarians desire to help the leaders of tomorrow through the scholarship program. Students need to show that they are developing leadership skills.

· Positive Rotary Ambassador – Ethical behavior representing Rotary is mandatory. A Rotary scholar must show that they live The Four Way Test and represent the high standards set by Rotary International.

RYLA and Young RYLA

What is RYLA?

RYLA is a 5-day leadership conference, held during the summer and sponsored by Rotary Districts 5440 and 5450. Conference attendees will come from Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska. Most students who go find it life changing in the best way possible.

The objectives of RYLA are

  • To encourage and assist youth leaders and potential leaders in methods of responsible and effective leadership by providing them with a positive learning experience.
  • To encourage continued and stronger leadership of youth by youth.
  • To publicly recognize the outstanding qualities of many young people who are rendering service to their schools and communities as leaders.

Senior RYLA camp is held at the YMCA of the Rockies, in Estes Park, Colorado. Any current High School Sophomore or Junior may apply.

Young RYLA Camps are held at the Ponderosa Retreat & Conference Center in Larkspur, Colorado. Any current 7th grader may apply.

Students register online at Watch the website for when you can sign up!