The Rotary Club of San Francisco is the lead sponsor for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). Each year, this club pays for the cost of about one fourth of the campers to attend and at least four $1000 academic scholarships.
The Rotary Club of San Francisco has been an integral part of RYLA in Rotary International District 5150. In 1985, the Rotary Club of San Francisco, the second oldest Rotary club in the world, started the RYLA program as a club project known as Camp Enterprise. In 2012, the project was open to the whole district. However, the SF Rotary Club has remained the largest single source of financial support. It not only provides funds for academic scholarships, but it pays for the participation of over 20 campers each year.
Since 2013, the San Francisco Rotary club has stepped forward and enhanced that support by designating specific funds to be awarded as academic scholarships.
Scholarships are awarded to individual campers based upon evaluations and observations made by the RYLA camp staff. RYLA alumni have used the scholarship funds to support their study at UC Berkeley, John Hopkins University, Indiana University, Diablo Valley College, and San Diego State University.