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Scholarship Criteria
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The New Bedford Rotary Club Invites applicants to apply for its

$1,000 Scholarship Awards in 2023

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • A 2023 high school graduate
  • A resident of New Bedford and/or a graduate of a New Bedford area high school
  • An entering freshman at an accredited college or university
  • Able to use the $1,000 award in the 2023-2024 school year


To be considered for a scholarship, applicant must comply with all of the following requirements:


  • Complete the Rotary Club of New Bedford Rotary scholarship application.
  • Provide an official high-school transcript
  • Provide an acceptance letter from the college or university (or copy thereof)
  • Provide an original essay (approximately 250-300 words, typed and double-spaced); the subject of the essay is left to the applicant's discretion (this is your opportunity to tell the club about yourself; what's important to you, what your goals are, etc.)
  • Provide at least two letters of recommendation (from teachers, guidance counselors, etc.)
  • The completed application and supporting documentation as referenced above must be received by the Rotary Club of New Bedford no later than Friday, July 14, 2023; late or incomplete application packages will not be considered.


Selection will be based upon:

  • financial need
  • academic achievement
  • community service
  • essay


Scholarships will be paid out upon receipt of proof of enrollment for the second semester (Spring 2024).


For further information, please contact Cheryl Barrett at 774-930-3806 or via e-mail at



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