Contributions may be made to The Rotary Foundation to fund health, education, international and welfare projects.
Local donations may be directed to support the Rotary Club of Santa Clara Scholarship or Charities Foundations.
The Santa Clara Rotary Foundation (SCRF) was established in 1994 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, with a goal of funding scholarships for students attending Santa Clara High Schools wishing to attend a local community college.
Since its inception, the SCRF has extended the Scholarships to students who go on to four-year colleges and is now the vehicle for other club projects such as, Steps For Success, Enterprise Leadership Conference (ELC), Christmas For Kids, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and projects to aid Senior Citizens and returning Veterans.
Over the past twenty years the SCRF has been funded by Wine Dinners and Auctions, the Santa Clara Rotary Cup Soccer Tournament, Scotch Tasting Dinners, and since 2012, the Silicon Valley Barbeque Championships. The SCRF is also funded by individual contributions from our members.
The SCRF Board consists of seven directors, which include the immediate four Past Presidents, the current club President, the President Elect and the current Chair of our largest Fundraiser.
The Santa Clara Rotary selects four Rotary Scholarship recipients each year for a $2,000/year scholarship to attend community college or a trade school. These scholars can receive up to four years of funding if they remain as full time students and maintain the required GPA. You must be a student at one of the Santa Clara high schools and have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.25 in order to qualify. The scholarship application is available in the counseling office at all of the high schools in Santa Clara in the early part of the calendar year, typically around mid-January.
The Rotary Club of Santa Clara has funded projects that has helped provide clean water in Honduras, medical supplies to Nicaragua and Romania and shoes and books to children in India.