THE ROYCE AND JEAN ABBEY ENDOWED FUND AND VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
In recognition of Royce Abbey’s year as World President, the District Governors of 1988/89 established the Royce & Jean Endowed Fund within The Rotary Foundation. Royce and Jean Abbey decided that the Endowed Fund would finance agricultural and related scholarships to assist communities in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Scholarship recipients would spend up to three months in Australia undertaking practical training in his or her field assisted by funding of USD$10,000.
ABOUT ROYCE ABBEY AO DCM
Royce Abbey joined the Rotary Club of Essendon, District 9800, Victoria, Australia in 1954. After roles as Club President 1963/64, District Governor 1969/70, Board Member of Rotary International 1976/77, Vice-President 1977/78, he was nominated and served as President of Rotary International in the year 1988/89. He was the third Australian to attain that position following Sir Angus Mitchell and Sir Clem Renouf. The motto for the 1988/89 Rotary Year was, “Put Life Into Rotary - Your Life’. Royce subsequently served for six years as a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation including one year as Chair of the Board of Trustees.