Rotary Charitable Foundation of North Bethesda
The Rotary Charitable Foundation of North Bethesda, founded in 1994, is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. The Foundation was created to provide financial assistance to deserving individuals who need help in pursuing college training, and to support worthy community organizations.
Scholarships. Currently the Foundation funds three full one-year scholarships to Montgomery College. Students competing for the scholarships must complete an application, meet selection criteria, and be interviewed by members of the Rotary Club of North Bethesda. The student’s financial need is the most important factor for selection.
Awards. The Foundation provides incentive awards to deserving high school students who complete their studies in various vocational and technical career fields. In selecting students, Rotary Club members work with high school advisors. The awards are presented by Rotary members during the school’s awards ceremony.
Fundraising. The Foundation works closely with the Rotary Club of North Bethesda and participates in the Club’s fundraising projects. In addition to receiving donations from those persons in the community who support the Foundation’s mission, most Foundation funds are received from the proceeds of our successful annual silent auction and our golf outing.
Supporting Community Needs. The Foundation is committed to assisting young people in their pursuit for higher education, to inspiring and recognizing the achievement of those who have completed their educational goal and will be entering the work place, and to supporting community organizations whose goals and objectives are to meet the needs of those less fortunate in our community.
The Foundation enhances the Rotary Club’s many services and contributions to the community. All members are volunteers and subscribe to the Rotary motto: “Service Above Self.”