The scholarship program of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles "LA5" is an acclaimed cornerstone of the Club intended to support Los Angeles area high school seniors who often are the first in their families to attend college and come from households with limited financial means. The Club is known as "LA5" because it is proud to be the fifth oldest Rotary Club of more than 35,000 thousand clubs in more than 200 countries around the world. An overview of the LA5 scholarship program is here.

Each year, LA5 receives over 150 applications from some of the best and brightest high school seniors around Los Angeles and awards scholarships to just 20-30 students to assist them toward achieving a college undergraduate degree program or technical studies. LA5 scholarship recipients have gone on to attend some of the country's most prestigious universities, including, Brown, Princeton, MIT, Harvard, UCLA, UC Berkley, Stanford, Wellesley, and USC, among others.

Some Rotary Basics

The first Rotary club was founded in 1905. Today, there are more than 35,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.

Rotary members believe that we all have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotarians work together to: promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.

Rotarians follow a 4-Way Test. Of the things we think, say or do:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Here is a short video that describes the 4-Way Test:

About the Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students who will be graduating high school within the County of Los Angeles and attending a four-year college/university in the Fall.

Scholarship awards typically range from $4,000 to $8,000 in total. Scholarship money is awarded in four equal installments starting in the summer after graduation. In order to receive the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th installment, scholars are required to submit minimal additional info evidencing enrollment, grades, and community service.

Students who receive a scholarship receive the money directly from us and can use the money in any way they want. Past scholars have used scholarships money to pay for clothing, computers, travel, food, books, rent, and DACA certificates, among other things.

Scholarships are very competitive. We receive more than 150 applications and award approximately 20-30 scholarships. Typically, students who receivescholarships maintained an unweighted GPA between 3.7 and 4.0 and had SAT scores between 520 and 750.

How to Apply (Deadline: February 24, 2020)

1) Download our worksheet and certificate here.

2) Study the worksheet and plan your responses.

3) At the end of the application process you will be required to upload a single pdf file that contains multiple documents. It is critically important that you plan ahead and get 100% organized before submitting your application.

4) Have at least two people to submit letters of recommendation to us directly on your behalf. (Instructions about how they submit letters on your behalf are below).

5) Here’s the list of what you need to gather to upload:

  1. Scholarship Certification
  2. High school transcript
  3. SAT or ACT Score Report
  4. Personal essay
  5. Rotary essay
  6. Early acceptance letters, if any

6) Scan documents A-F in order and as a single pdf. Your pdf must be saved with a file name as follows: [Last Name], [First Name] – 2020 Scholarship Application

7) Submit the online application available here by the deadline of February 24, 2020

8) Letters of recommendation must be on letterhead and signed and can be sent to us by email or regular mail as follows:

By Email:
A) The person writing a letter for you can email the letter to us as an attachment to: [email protected]
B) The subject line should be: Recommendation re [Last Name], [First Name]


By Mail:
​Joshua Mandell
Akerman LLP
601 W. Fifth Street, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Attn: LA5 Scholarship re [Name of Student]

We look forward to reviewing your application.

Joshua Mandell & Gina Doyle
LA5 Scholarship Co-Chairs
[email protected]

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