The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. Donations to the Foundation help fund service projects and programs worldwide that support Rotary's six causes - Promoting peace, Fighting disease, Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, Saving mothers and children, Supporting education and Growing local economies.
Rotary's educational programs promote international understanding by bringing together people from different countries and cultures.
- Rotary Club of Waterbury offers scholarships to High School Seniors who are going on to a college or university. See your school's guidance office for more information and applications.
- Rotary Foundation offers Rotary peace fellowships at one of the six partner universities and Foundation water scholarships for students admitted to one of UNESCO-IHE's eligible 18-month Master of science degree programs.
- Youth Exchange - The Rotary Youth Exchange program offers the widest variety in international destinations when compared to other exchange programs. As a Rotary student, you will enjoy the opportunity to visit more than 85 countries in Europe, Asia, Australia, South Africa, and the Americas.
- Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - leadership training program for students in grades 10, 11 and 12 (Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors)
- Interact - Service clubs for ages 12 - 18
- Rotaract - Service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30