Rotary International Memorial Scholarship

Then President Ross Neilson, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Maffra, put together a proposal at the beginning of his presidential year, 2015-16, and submitted it to The Rotary Foundation to establish a memorial recognition program to honour those Rotary aid workers who have been killed in performing Rotary's Polio Eradication humanitarian programs.


It has taken some time and a number of discussion points between the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Maffra, but the outcome for the establishment of Rotary International Memorial Scholarships has been approved.


District Governor Lynne Westland said that Ross Neilson, Past President, and the members of the Rotary Club of Maffra are to be congratulated on this wonderful initiative.


From Ross Neilson (past president of Rotary Club of Maffra)

I have just received confirmation from Carol Pandak from the International PolioPlus Committee that Rotary Foundation has approved the establishment of 10 scholarships




Dear Ross, the Polio Plus Memorial Scholarship was approved.  We will begin by selecting up to 10 Nigerian and Pakistani scholars in calendar year 2017 to study at selected universities in their home countries to obtain masters-level degrees in Public Health.   While I realize the final concept was not exactly as originally envisioned, I hope that you and your club members are pleased.  Have a lovely day.  Best regards, Carol 


I think this is a fantastic outcome and the Rotary Club of Maffra would like to DG Lynne Westland and the district executive for their assistance.


Best regards

Ross Neilson

President 2015-16

Rotary Club of Maffra