The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a complete scholarship awarded to men and women of high school age who are leaving their junior year and will be next year’s senior high class.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a complete scholarship awarded to men and women of high school age who are leaving their junior year and will be next year’s senior high class. The intent of the program is to prepare these students for leadership roles in their senior year and beyond. The International RYLA was actually started by Rotarians in Australia in the early 1950s. It is the object of RYLA to bring the business, social, professional and educational leaders of the community and the nation together with the young leaders of the future to share with them ideas, techniques, philosophy and inspirational messages. RYLA scholarships are among the thousands of scholarships given each year by Rotarians worldwide. Through our exchange studies and scholarship programs, students can also visit other countries and attend schools and colleges that might not ordinarily be available to them. At Camp RYLA you will have the opportunty to learn more about yourself through the voices and eyes of people who have experienced life, people who can help you see things from a different viewpoint. You will learn not only from special speakers, volunteer Rotarians and non-Rotarians, but by interacting with other scholarship winners just like yourtself from high schools from northern California and Nevada.

How RYLA Scholarship Students are Selected

The RYLA program is open to all high school students completing their junior year. The selection of the students is very important to the success of the program. We are looking for students of all backgrounds that have demonstrated leadership potential and will benefit from an opportunity to attend a leadership camp. The interviewing process by each Rotary club should start no later than April1. Students should contact their school counselor or local Rotarians to learn of the exact date for application.

Rotary International RYLA Policy

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive training program for community youth leaders. Young people chosen for their leadership potential attend an all-expenses-paid seminar, camp or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice.

RYLA’s Core Curriculum

Every RYLA includes the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Problem solving and conflict management
  • Rotary’s purpose and service to the community
  • Building self confidence and self esteem
  • Elements of community and global citizenship

In addition to the core curriculum, Camp RYLA participants can expect to further develop their personal and leadership skills in the following areas:

  • Communication Skills: Participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Develop interpersonal skills
    • Communicate, listen and write more effectively
    • Engage in some form of public speaking in a warm, supportive environment
  • Personal Qualities: Participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Identify the various types of personalities
    • Help people get along with each other
    • Manage their own time more effectively
    • Avoid stressful situations
    • Plan for a healthier living
  • Leadership: Participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Identify the characteristics of effective leaders
    • Become aware of the various styles of leadership
    • Observe effective leaders in a meeting situation
  • Problem solving strategies: Participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Brainstorm and think creatively
    • Engage in practical problem solving and decision making
    • Use a problem solving model in a practical situation

Officially adopted by Rotary International in 1971, RYLA is one of the most significant and fastest growing programs of Rotary service. Each year thousands of young people take part in the program worldwide. the impact spreads further as the program influences other young people. RYLA programs often lead to the formation or strengthening of Rotaract and Interact clubs. RYLA aims to:

  • Demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth
  • Provide an effecive training experience for selected youth and potential leaders
  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth
  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities


If you have a child, grandchild or want to sponsor a child who is a high school junior to attend RYLA this year, contact Renee Fredrick for an application. You can reach Renee at or by calling 918-781-6109 or 918-869-2904.

Space is limited and highly competitive so Renee encourages early application. She will need applications by February 15. Muskogee Rotary pays program fees for the students selected and transportation to and from the camp is provided.

The camp will be held
Thursday, March 26, 11:30 am – Sunday, March 29, 12:30 pm
The Salvation Army’s “Heart O’ Hills” Camp & Conference Center
Welling, OK (east of Tahlequah)

Also, any Rotarian who is interested in being a chaperone at the camp (and it is a positive experience) can obtain applications from Renee or from District 6110’s website at On the website select “Youth Services” from the menu on the left side of the page then select “RYLA”.