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Rotary Club of Columbus Awards Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarships

Published: April 6, 2017 7:34 AM


APRIL 4, 2017

The Rotary Club of Zanesville is proud to announce that it has awarded the prestigious Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship to a high school student, Maren McClelland, of John Glenn High School, New Concord, OH. The scholarship, valued at over $24,000.00 each, cover room, board, tuition and a monthly stipend for one academic year. This scholarship is awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year by the Rotary Club of Zanesville.

In August 2017, Maren will begin her role as a global ambassador when she departs for her year-long exchange. Maren’s exchange will be in Italy. Between now and her departure date, she will be involved in extensive language & cultural training and preparation to be immersed in her new culture provided by Rotary.
Annually, 8,000 students between the ages of 15 and 18.5 years old participate in this program worldwide. The program began in the 1920’s and its primary mission is to work towards peace and understanding the world. Rotary Youth Exchange is a member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), a non-profit organization committed to setting standards for international educational travel and monitoring compliance with those standards. It is also approved by the U.S. Department of State.

The Rotary Club of Zanesville

The Rotary Club of Zanesville was chartered in 1915, has a dynamic membership of more than 70 men and women actively dedicated to fostering service above self in their community and around the globe, and is part of Rotary International District 6690.

District 6690 Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE)

The Youth Exchange (YE) program in District 6690 covering Central and Southeast Ohio is growing through the efforts of the YE committee, the district leadership, and individual clubs. In 2017, District 6690 RYE received, for the fifth time, the Gold District Achievement Award at the annual conference of the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN).
District 6690 RYE has exchange agreements with over 25 countries and has an annual exchange ratio of 1:1 resulting in over 80 total students participating (year-long and short-term summer program). District 6690 is seeking potential host families in Central and Southeast Ohio for the 2017-18 academic year. The host family is responsible for providing room and board for the inbound exchange student for approximately three months. Host families are a vital part of the cultural exchange program.


Walter Lundstrom, District Youth Exchange Chair - Rotary District 6690
walterlundstrom@gmail.com| 614-592-2255 | www.rye6690.com

Marion Gilliland, Youth Exchange Officer, Zanesville Rotary Club
gilliland@ee.net | 614-603-0404 | www.rye6690.com

Ciao! Mi chiamo Maren. Hello! My name is Maren. I am a senior at John Glenn High School, and I will be spending a gap year in Italy. I am extremely excited to have this opportunity and be able to experience the Italian culture and language. I am thankful for the Zanesville Noon Rotary club for sponsoring me and allowing me to have this opportunity. I became interested in culture when I was eight years old because my family adopted two of my sisters from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since then, I have travelled to Costa Rica in 2013, and I did a Short Term Rotary Youth Exchange to Germany June 2016. Outside of being a Rotary Exchange Student, I am involved with marching band, steel pan orchestra, concert band, National Honors Society, and Girl Scouts. My life at home consists of three younger sisters, a dog, a cat, a turtle, and two chinchillas. I am excited to mix up my hectic American life and integrate some Italian chaos. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to embark on the journey of a life time!

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