CHS Freshman awarded Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship: Will study abroad in Turkey in 2018


Circleville High School freshman Oscar Knece has been awarded the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship for a year-long foreign exchange program to Turkey for the 2018-19 academic year.

This coming August, he will begin his role as a global ambassador when he departs for his year-long exchange. Oscar’s exchange will be in Turkey. Between now and his departure date, he will be involved in extensive language & cultural training and preparation to be immersed in their new culture provided by Rotary.

“Oscar exemplifies the traits needed to succeed as a goodwill ambassador representing Rotary International and the USA abroad,” said Beth Spears, student communications coordinator for Rotary International.

Annually, 8,000 students between the ages of 15 and 18.5 participate in this program worldwide. The program began in the 1920’s and its primary mission is to work towards peace and understanding the world. Rotary Youth Exchange is a member of the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), a non-profit organization on committed to setting standards for international educational travel and monitoring compliance with those standards. It is also approved by the U.S. Department of State.

The scholarship, valued at over $24,000, covers room, board, tuition, and provides a monthly stipend for one academic year.

Chartered in 1989, the Rotary Club of Circleville has a membership of more than 77 men and women actively dedicated to fostering service above self in their community and around the globe, and is part of Rotary International District 6690.

Congratulations to Oscar on this prestigious honor and for exemplifying what it means to serve as a good will ambassador.