The Rotary Life Scholarship program commenced in 1978 and since then over 450 young people have finished the four-year program.  Rotary Life is a challenging, leadership opportunity combining scholarship, savings, and vocational information activities.  Fourteen eighth grade students are selected annually from all public and private schools in San Bernardino after a series of written and oral competitions to become Rotary Life scholars. Each student participates for four consecutive years until graduation.

In July of each year each student places $50.00 into the Rotary Life Fund.  With interest and other considerations from Rotary, a “sharing” scholarship of more than $2000 can be received by each Rotary Life scholar at the end of the senior year.

Each Rotary Life participant completing the program has the advantage of a learning experience no otherwise obtainable and the prestige obtained by participating successfully in an activity, which requires a commitment to high levels of academic and ethical standards.  Scholars receive the benefit of having members of the Rotary Club of San Bernardino as advisors.
Program Requirements:
  • Meet regularly with other Rotary Life Scholars and Rotarian advisors;
  • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average;
  • Maintain good health standards;
  • Set personal goals for achievement; and
  • Save $50 per year for four years.
Program Goals:
  • The developing of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • Association with adults with high ethical standards;
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations as an opportunity for serve society;
  • The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the idea of service;
  • Helping to foster and develop leadership techniques in young people as a way to understand proper leadership principles designed to improve a very fragile world.