Lee Belas International Scholarship Foundation

History


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 to someday be an 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 1991, Port Orchard Rotarians established the Foundation as a memorial to fulfill Lee's wish by helping outbound students with travel costs. 
 

Since 1996, scholarships have been awarded to District 5020 outbound exchange students representing Rotary clubs in Tacoma, Centralia, Nanaimo, Campbell River, South Cowichan, Qualicum Beach, Port Townsend, Bremerton, Lacy, East Jefferson and Parksville.