Lee Belas Youth Exchange Scholarship
 
   The purpose of the Lee Belas Youth Exchange Scholarship is to expand the youth exchange opportunity to students eligible for the exchange program but whose family would be unable to sustain the financial burden of participation in the program.  
 
     Lee Belas was an exchange student to Belgium in 1985/1986, an experience that changed his perspective of the world and redirected his plans for the future.  He discovered that he loved learning other languages and wanted someday to be a foreign ambassador.  Lee treasured his exchange experiences and frequently expressed the wish that students would not have to miss this wonderful opportunity simply because they could not afford the expense.
 
     Following Lee's death in the gulf war in 1991, Port Orchard Rotarians established the Lee Belas Foundation as a memorial to fulfill Lee's wish by helping outbound students with travel costs.  Amounts awarded are based on financial need, as well as a history of community service, and a determination to learn more about other cultures.  Budget for the annual awards depends on interest earned from the foundation investments.
 
To apply for the scholarship, fill out the application and email it to the Committee Chairman at inquireatrye5020@gmail.com.  
 
 
 
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