Community Service Projects

Local Community Service Committee
In the first annual Rotary Club of Knoxville Local Community Service Committee Project, the Rotary Club of Knoxville provided funds to Beaumont Magnet Elementary School to purchase approximately 700 new books and establish literacy programs within the school to encourage students to read more and improve literacy skills among the 550 students enrolled at the school.  Beaumont Magnet Academy is a Title I elementary school (grades K-5), which means that it has high numbers of disadvantaged children. 75% of the students are economically disadvantaged and many of these students read below grade level.  The project was carried out between September 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 with book clubs continuing through the end of the school year and beyond.

In 2016, RCK will help finance and work to restore the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Elkmont Ampitheatre to provide a long-lasting resource to our community by providing an area where thousands of park visitors can enjoy recreational and educational programs held by the Park. This is one of the major ampitheatres in the entire Park where Rangers do their educational talks and the Rotary Club of Knoxville is proud to continue our longstanding support of the Park.

Do you have a Local Service Project that could benefit from a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant? Download an application and turn it in to a Local Service Committee member or the Rotary Office.

Rotary Foundation of Knoxville Scholarship Awards

The 2023 Scholarship award is now open.  Download the 2023 Application.  

Since 1996, the Rotary Foundation of Knoxville has annually awarded a 4-year college scholarship to a deserving Knox County graduating senior.  Currently, RCK supports five (5) students through college scholarships. Beginning in 2016, the maximum scholarship amount has been increased to $20,000 per student, paid by the Club at $5,000.00 per academic year, directly to the university. Each scholarship is paid for a maximum of 4 years. Scholarship funds are paid directly to the college or university for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. Grades are required from the recipient each semester, in advance of the award.

Arts Education Outreach

The Rotary Club of Knoxville has a long history of supporting the Arts and since 2011, the Club has provided support by sponsoring arts events for under-served student audiences, by supporting projects that open cultural experiences to deserving children in the Knoxville area.  Partner organizations include the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Clarence Brown Theatre, the Knoxville Opera Company and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in addition to the Community School of the Arts and many public schools in the Knox County school system.  Each of the funded organizations submits a proposal for support from RCK to enable children to experience their art forms.  From scholarships to summer art camp to attendance at the Theatre, Opera or Symphony, over 10,000 students are impacted annually.

Education Recognition Awards

Annually, RCK selects two “Outstanding Teachers of the Year” from the Knox County School System, one from primary/elementary/intermediate school group and one from the middle/high school group. The selection process includes nominations from school principals and PTA/PTO organization throughout the county.  Each honoree is presented with a check for $500 from the Club and a $250 gift certificate for the purchase of supplies for their classroom (courtesy of A&W Office Supply).

The Rotary Club of Knoxville actively supports current literacy needs and initiates and supports positive changes in attitude and service toward literacy issues locally, nationally and internationally. Academic, social, and cultural literacy is essential to the quality of life of individuals within our society as well as for the well being of our communities. The Rotary Club of Knoxville seeks to be a driving force in achieving and sustaining a literate community.

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