Karin Gaffney
2017-2018 District Governor


David & Eleanor Morley Endowed Global Grant Scholarship

Date of study begins in the Fall of 2018.  Scholarship funding may be applied to nursing, water and sanitation, conflict resolution, and much more. Interested?
This is an opportunity to get creative and have Rotary International and Rotary District 7910 help you out while you are helping the world!

Submit your grant application by February 15, 2018

To download Application Form in Word format, click here. 
To download Application Form in PDF format, click here.

Candidates for the Morley Scholarship must:

1. Be sponsored by a Rotary club in District 7910 (see list of clubs, below).
2. Reside in a community in District 7910, which covers Central Massachusetts and Metrowest (see list of communities, below). 
3. Qualify for the scholarship as part of a Rotary Global Grant.
4. Complete on-line application (see above)
5. Have letter of acceptance from institution of learning (a graduate school abroad – outbound).
6. Have Rotarians in a host district abroad and a Rotary International Sponsor in District 7910 as contacts.
7. Use scholarship for studies or research in these select fields:
  • Peace and conflict resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Economic and community development
  • Maternal and child health
  • Water and sanitation
  • Basic education and literacy
8. Be available to begin studies/research in the Fall of 2018.
The selected candidate will receive up to $35,000 for one scholarship year.
While the Morley Scholarship is open to all who reside in a community in District 7910, preference is given to graduates of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

District 7910 Clubs and Communities

Rotary clubs in District 7910 (Central Massachusetts and Metrowest) that may sponsor a full-year Morley
Acton/Boxborough; Athol/Orange; Auburn; Ayer; Bedford; Billerica; Brookfields; Brookline; Charles River; Chelmsford; Clinton; Concord; Dedham; Dracut; Fitchburg; Fitchburg East; Framingham; Franklin; Gardner; Groton-Pepperell; Hudson; Leominster; Littleton; Lowell; Marlborough; Maynard; Merrimack Valley; Milford; Montachusett Area; Nashoba Valley; Natick; Needham; Neponset Valley Sunrise; Northborough; Newton; Shrewsbury; Southborough; Southbridge; Sturbridge; Tewksbury; Tyngsborough-Dunstable; Uxbridge; Watchusett Area; Waltham; Watertown; Wellesley; Westborough; Westford; Weston-Wayland; Westwood; and Worcester.
Communities in District 7910 (Central Massachusetts and Metrowest) in which residents may qualify for a full-year Morley Scholarship:
* Has one Rotary club
** Has two Rotary clubs
Acton*; Ashburnham*; Ashby; Ashland*; Athol*; Auburn; Ayer*; Barre; Bedford*; Bellingham; Berlin; Billerica; Blackstone; Bolton; Boxborough; Boylston*; Brookfield*; Brookline*; Carlisle; Charlton; Chelmsford*; Clinton*; Concord*; Dedham*; Douglas; Dover; Dracut*; Dudley; Dunstable*; East Brookfield*; Fitchburg**; Framingham*; Franklin*; Gardner*; Grafton; Groton; Harvard; Holden*; Holliston; Hopedale; Hopkinton; Hubbardston; Hudson*; Lancaster; Leicester; Leominster*; Lincoln; Littleton*; Lowell*; Lunenburg; Marlborough*; Maynard*; Medway; Mendon; Milford*; Millis; Millbury; Natick*; Needham*; New Braintree; Newton*; Northborough*; North Brookfield*; Northbridge; Oakham; Orange*; Oxford; Paxton; Pepperell*; Petersham; Phillipston; Princeton; Royalston; Rutland; Shirley; Sherborn; Shrewsbury*; Southborough*; Southbridge*; Spencer*;  Sterling; Stow; Sturbridge*; Sudbury; Sutton; Templeton; Tewksbury*; Townsend; Tyngsborough*; Upton; Uxbridge*; Waltham*;  Warren; Watertown*; Wayland*; Webster; Wellesley*; Westboro*; West Boylston*; West Brookfield*; Westford*; Westminster; Weston*; Westwood*; Winchendon; Worcester*; and Wrentham.

What Is The Morley Scholarship?

The Rotary Foundation’s David and Eleanor Morley Global Grant Scholarship Endowed Fund provides funding to Rotary District 7910 for a scholarship for residents of communities in District 7910 (Central Massachusetts and Metrowest) to conduct studies or research at the graduate level abroad. Because the Morley Scholarship is a Rotary-endowed Global Grant scholarship, it must meet the requirements for The Rotary Foundation’s Global Grants.
The Morley Scholarship was established in 2002 in honor of David M. Morley (1915-1993) and Eleanor L. (Curtis) Morley (1916-2001).  David graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 1936, worked for General Electric and retired as manager of its engineering lab. He was an active Rotarian in Laconia, New Hampshire.
Every other calendar year, District 7910 may award a Morley Scholarship in the amount of up to $ 35,000 to be used for studies or research outside the United States. The scholarship is administered by the District 7910 Scholarship Committee.  
Fields of study or research may last one to four years and must relate to one or more of the six Rotary Areas of Focus:
  • Peace and conflict resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Economic and community development
  • Maternal and child health
  • Water and sanitation
  • Basic education and literacy
Applicants must be accepted into a graduate program in an institute of education for studies or research located outside the United States. The program may last one to four years and begin no earlier than September 2018.
To qualify for a Rotary Global Grant, applicants must also have a Rotarian sponsor in the study location (host sponsor) and a Rotarian sponsor in District 7910 (international sponsor). Those sponsors will help shepherd applicants through the application process, answer questions, and guide applicants in the financial management and reporting that is required for Rotary Global Grants.
Applicants must reside in a community served by District 7910. While preference will be given to graduates of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Morley Scholarship is open to all.
Additionally, candidates should demonstrate:
  • Excellent leadership skills and potential
  • A proven record of success in his or her academic field or vocation
  • A commitment to community service
  • Well-defined and realistic goals
  • Concrete ideas for advancing within his or her chosen field
  • Sincerity about maintaining a lifelong relationship with Rotary after the scholarship period
We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program. Candidates have until February 15, 2018 to submit an application along with a letter of acceptance from the institution of learning to District 7910 for initial review by the District Scholarship Committee.

Application Process

Follow these steps to ensure that your application receives consideration:
The Morley Scholarship, which is being offered under the Rotary Global Grant program, requires that District 7910 function as the primary sponsor of the grant. The field of study or research must relate to one or more of the six Rotary Areas of Focus:
  • Peace and conflict resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Economic and community development
  • Maternal and child health
  • Water and sanitation
  • Basic education and literacy
Global Grant scholarships fund graduate-level coursework or research abroad for one year of a one-to-four academic program. A key feature of global grants is the partnership between the Rotary district in the study location (host sponsor) and the District 7910 (international sponsor). Both sponsors must be qualified before an application can be submitted.
  1. Before applying, review the application for the Morley Scholarship and check the eligibility requirements and restrictions. Read the entire application before you begin.
  2. Apply for admission to a graduate program of studies or research in a country outside the United States, and obtain a letter of acceptance from that institution of learning before the scholarship is awarded.
  3. Complete the application and send it with a copy of your admission letter of acceptance to: District 7910 Morley Scholarship, P.O. Box 206, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 no later than February 15, 2018.
  4. You will be notified when and where an interview will be conducted with District 7910 representatives.
  5. You will receive notice if you are an official candidate by no later than July 15, 2018.
Once you are selected as an official candidate by District 7910, a district representative will assist you with the process of applying for a Rotary Global Grant:
  1. District 7910 will help you identify a Rotary sponsor in the country of the educational institution as well as a Rotary sponsor in District 7910.
  2. You must submit your application by February 15, 2018 to the District 7910 Scholarship Committee.
  3. You will be notified by May 1, 2018 whether your application has met the initial requirements.
If you are selected as a recipient of a Morley Scholarship through the Rotary Global Grant scholarship program, you would then need to:
  • Complete the legal-agreement authorization
  • Provide bank information and two signatories to The Rotary Foundation
  • Receive a letter of financial guarantee
  • Receive the grant payment
  • Participate in a scholar-orientation seminar – online self-orientation is also available
  • Submit a progress or final report 12 months after receiving the grant payment
  • Submit a final report two months after completion of your program
The following people are not eligible for the Rotary Global Grant scholarship program:
  • Active and honorary Rotary members
  • Employees of a Rotary club or district, Rotary International, or other Rotary entity
  • Spouses, lineal descendants (children or grandchildren by blood or legal adoption), spouses of lineal descendants, or ancestors (parents or grandparents by blood) of any living person in communities in District 7910 (see “Communities in District 7910,” above)
  • Former Rotary members who resigned as Rotarians within the past 36 months as well as their relatives (see bulleted item, immediately above)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am accepted into a multi-year program. Can I receive the payments in increments instead of one lump sum?

A: Yes, as long as the total award does not exceed $35,000.


Q: My program is not that expensive. Can I receive less than $30,000?

A: No, you must receive a minimum of $30,000. However, you can spend the funds on the following:

  • Passport/visa
  • Inoculations
  • Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions)
  • School supplies
  • Tuition
  • Room and board
  • Household supplies
  • Language-training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills)

You should track your expenses for your interim and/or final report.


Q: I didn’t attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Can I apply for this scholarship?

A: Yes. Although the preference is given to WPI graduates, the scholarship is open to all.


Q: Are children or family members of Rotarians eligible?

A:  No, children or family members of Rotarians are not.


Q: How is residency in District 7910 determined?

A: Applicant may be asked to give proof of residency (home of record) and/or proof of voting.


Q: Who decides who receives a scholarship?

A: The District 7910 Scholarship Subcommittee, which falls under of the District 7910 Foundation Committee.


Q. I don’t know many Rotarians in District 7910 and don’t know any in the country where I will be studying.  How do I get a host sponsor and an international sponsor?

A: When you submit your application to District 7910, you will be given the name of a Rotarian who can help you line up a host and/or international sponsor.


Q. How many Morley Scholarships has District 7910 awarded so far?

A. Since 2006, we have awarded Morley Scholarship to four recipients. We look forward to awarding many more.


Q.  If I am accepted, how would I go through the Rotary orientation?

A.  Rotary International provides an on-line orientation in the Learning & Reference section of “My Rotary.”


Q.  If I have further questions, how would I proceed?

A.  Contact Tory DeFazio, chair of the District 7910 Scholarship Subcommittee, at 781-235-0265 or tory@windsorpressonline.com.