GRSP Celebrates 75 Years
Aug. 20-21, 2021

GRSP Pivots to Virtual Conclave, Postpones Dedication 

Out of an abundance of caution, the leadership of Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Thomasville’s Conclave Committee has decided to shift its in-person Conclave, the opening assembly for the incoming class, August 20-21, 2021 originally scheduled in Thomasville to a fully online format.

While COVID-19 and the Delta Variant are changing the way GRSP celebrates, it cannot diminish the excitement our program has for the incoming class of students and the dedication of the GRSP Peace Plaza and William A. Watt, Sr. memorial fountain.  GRSP plans to welcome the incoming class through a virtual venue August 19-20. All Rotarians, host families, students and alumni are welcome. Once registered, you will receive an email that will allow you access to the conference page with the Conclave agenda and session links. Friday, August 20 includes district caucus meetings at 3 p.m. and Saturday, August 21 includes general sessions that start at 9:00 a.m. and are expected to end by 12:30  p.m.  

You can access all meeting links, event agendas, presentation materials, presenter biographies and more at


Previously made registrations for the in-person events for golf and meals made through the GRSP website have been refunded and hotel reservations made at the Thomasville Marriott Courtyard for Conclave have been cancelled by the hotel management.

William A. Watt, Sr, past president for the Rotary Club of Thomasville and past district governor, founded GRSP, which has provided ambassadorial scholarships for more than 3,690 young men and women from 108 countries. This 2021/2022 academic year, GRSP will welcome 40 international college students from South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe selected for the program.

Generations of Generosity for GRSP Peace Plaza and Will Watt Memorial Fountain

The Rotary Club of Thomasville has partnered with Courtyard® by Marriott® Thomasville Downtown to commemorate Georgia Rotary Student Program’s 75th milestone anniversary by creating the GRSP Peace Plaza and a William A. Watt, Sr., Memorial Fountain in honor of GRSP and its founder. The estimated cost to develop the GRSP Peace Plaza and William A. Watt, Sr. Memorial Fountain is $100,000. Any funds raised beyond that amount will be recognized and used for the GRSP Foundation, which lowers the cost of GRSP students to Georgia Rotary clubs. Donors who contribute on the Platinum Level, $5,000 or more by August 13, 2021, will be identified on permanent signage at the Peace Plaza. See Generations of Generosity Flyer for more information.

GRSP upholds the safety of our students, host families, Trustees, leadership, staff and guests. A new date for GRSP’s 75th anniversary and plaza dedication will be rescheduled and announced once it is safe to resume group gatherings.

All donors will be listed on the 75th Conclave program and the GRSP website. Donations may be made online at, or you may mail your form and check made payable to Georgia Rotary Student Program, PO Box 61327, Savannah, Georgia 31420.

Click here for full list of Generations of Generosity Donor List


Deadline to Register is Friday, August 13, 2021