The Royce and Jean Abbey Endowed Fund was initially established with the financial support of the District Governors of 1988/89, the year Royce Abbey was President of Rotary International. It has since been supplemented by donations by Rotarians and by contributions from the Royce Abbey Awards.
The earnings of the Fund are used for Humanitarian programmes and in particular to fund a scholarship for individuals from the Asia Pacific Region to undertake practical training in Australia in the areas of food production, forestry, agriculture, environmental research, and community leadership and development.
The training is intended to equip the successful candidates to impart the knowledge gained to their own communities.
The scholarship covers travel, accommodation, tuition and practical training with funding of up to USD$10,000 for each successful candidate.