Our Rotary club offers essay-driven scholarships for high school seniors. Students are encouraged to consider how “The 4-Way Test” can be used in everyday decision-making and to express their thoughts in an essay that relates a case or story where they applied these principles in their daily life.
Students in their final year of high school are eligible to participate, preparing an essay of 500 to 1,000 words in length, and using a topic of their choice that incorporates the use of the Rotary 4-Way Test.
In 1932 Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created the Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks “Of all the things we think, say, or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”