San Rafael Rotary Student Assistance Program
For more than 50 years the Rotary Club of San Rafael has had an ongoing student assistance program for graduating students of San Rafael High School. The program has grown, and now each year we make commitments of $5,000 to each of 4 graduating students who have been accepted to 4-year university degree programs.
From the program's beginning in 1956 through summer of 2015, the Club has provided more than $577,500 in assistance to 184 students.
Candidates are recommended by the School on the basis of their academic achievement, ability to succeed, and financial need and selected by the Club's Student Assistance Committee through an intensive interview process. The terms of these grants vary with individual student circumstances.
The Rotary Club of San Rafael sponsors an Interact Club at Marin Catholic High School. Interact is a service club for young people between the ages of 14 and 18. Members of the Interact Club are responsible for planning, financing, organizing and executing their own projects under guidance from their school and the Rotary Club.
Last year, Interact members operated an ice cream stand at the Marin County Fair to raise funds for a service trip to Colima, Mexico as part of Project Amigo. This year four students have journeyed to El Salvador on a week-long project to help construct a rural school.
The Four-Way Test
From its founding, Rotary has sought to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and the professions. Rotarians are encouraged to apply the following Four-Way Test to the things we think, say, or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?