Rotary Youth Exchange Program

Applying for 2020-2021 school year abroad

Important Dates:
NOTE: The Wooster Rotary Club welcomes your interest for the 2020-21 year abroad program. For those who express interest using THIS LINK, you will be on our mailing list an receive emails with appropriate updates regarding upcoming meetings and the overall the process.
In general, this is the timeline of events:
  • IMPORTANT MEETING:  SEPT 29 2019 from 2p - 4p Andrews Library, bottom floor, College of Wooster --  There will be an informational session. Please bring at least one parent with you/more are welcome! Please attend if you are interested, even if you are not sure for which year you might apply. You will see a presentation of the program, hear from students who recently participated in the program, and have ample time to ask questions and get acquainted with the costs, timelines, requirements, etc.

  • October 31st -- Online applications must be finalized and submitted by this time.  (application link coming soon)
  • Mid October -- There will be a help session (required) for parents and students to take a look at on-line application progress to date and trouble-shoot any issues leading up to the application deadline of October 31st. Check back here later for exact date and location.
  • LOCAL INTERVIEWS: November 10 2019 1 pm - 4pm -- Andrews Library, bottom floor, College of Wooster. Local interviews of students and parents who have completed the online application.  Interview times will be by appointment. 
  • Early December -- District interviews of students and parents who have completed the online application and who have been approved through the local interviews. Interview times will be by appointment.
  • End of December -- Students notified of their acceptance status into the program.
  • January through May --  Monthly overnight sessions hosted by various clubs throughout the district. All of these overnight sessions are mandatory for students accepted into the program.
Official Registration Link: start your application

Rotary Club of Wooster Youth Exchange Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose: To provide financial assistance to qualified outbound students who otherwise may not be able to participate in the Rotary International Youth Exchange program.

Scholarship Eligibility: Applicants must meet the outbound eligibility criteria established by the Youth Exchange committee of the Rotary Club of Wooster and have been accepted for the next academic year of travel. The Wooster Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship Program is open to any outbound Wayne County High School student with preference given to Triway and Wooster students.

Scholarship Term: One academic year

Scholarship Application: Once an outbound applicant is accepted, applicants must submit a “Youth Exchange Scholarship Application” form available as a download here.
  • Please submit the completed form and either email it to: or mail it to Ferenc M. Relle, Jr. 1552 Saunders Drive, Wooster, OH 44691.
  • To ensure that he receives your application, please text him at 330-749-5141 to let him know that you have emailed or US post-mailed the application. 
Scholarship Amount: Varies depending on financial need and travel destination. This year’s budget allows for total awards of up to $4,000. No scholarship checks are made directly to the students, but rather to the District to be applied for the training fee, round trip airfare to the host country, health insurance, and any incidental expenses, including special travel trips while on exchange.

Scholarship Review Process: A sub-committee consisting of three members of the Wooster Rotary Scholarship Committee shall review the applications and make recommended recipient and award amounts to the Wooster Rotary Board for approval.

Application Deadline: January 31st



Every year more than 7000 students learn about the world in a unique manner. Instead of studying the culture, history and accomplishments of a society in school, they immerse themselves in the day-to-day life of the country. They live the culture and gain a deeper understanding of both themselves and the world.
As these young people become adults, many become leaders in their communities and bring the benefits of their world-view to these positions. As a result the Rotary Exchange program is a powerful force in the promotion of tolerance and peace throughout the world.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program is open to any student with good character and academic performance. Rotary seeks mature students in good academic standing who are involved in their school and community. Most students choose to participate after graduation although the exchange program is open to students between the age of 15 and 18½ at the time of exchange (generally mid-August). The exchange program is for one full year.
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