Ambassadorial Global Grants Scholarship Applications Is June 1

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May 212014

This is a friendly reminder that the deadline of June 1st for submission of applications for the 2015-2016 Ambassadorial Global Grants Scholarships is near!  I hope you are working closely with your candidate(s) to put their applications together for submission, and I am sure we have some wonderful candidates for the program this year.

The Club Sponsor will be responsible for collecting all items from the candidate, to include the application, draft costs proposal budget, a photograph headshot, official college transcript, and two letters of recommendation, and then submitting in a hard copy by mail and also in an electronic copy by email to me.   The draft costs proposal should meet the minimum grant requirement of $30,000, and should include tuition, housing and utilities, food and basic living expenses, books and supplies, airfare and local travel.  If the candidate’s budget does not meet the minimum amount of $30,000, the candidate may include a service project of their own design to get the budget up to the $30,000 requirement.  A project may not be included if the budget already meets or exceeds the minimum.

The Club Sponsor should advise the applicant to have the references sent directly to the Club Sponsor and not to the candidate.

A Club Endorsement Form is included in the attachments with this email, and will need to be completed by the appropriate club representatives and included in the application.

I am attaching the Areas of Focus master document from Rotary International, the District Submission Guidelines, and also the Club Endorsement Form.  It is very important in reviewing your candidates application that BOTH their course of study selected, and their professional objectives fall within one of the Six Areas of Focus as defined by Rotary International; please refer to the RI document to ensure the program and goals fall within these definitions.

***Please note we do ask the club sponsor to communicate any questions or information from the committee to your applicant, and vice versa in order to keep the process as objective as possible.  Please send the hard copy application to me at the following address:  Beth Wingard, 271 Saluda Woods Place, West Columbia, SC 29169.  The electronic copy will need to be sent to me at bwingard@bbandt.comas one email with three labeled attachments:
1.) Application
2.) Costs Proposal
3.) Supporting Documents (references, transcript, photograph, club endorsement form).

All applications must be received from your club no later than June 1, 2014.   Any applications received after June 1st will be considered ineligible.

Your club may sponsor up to two (2) candidates.   The candidate should not apply to their intended university; we ask only that the candidate identify their intended program of study and university.  The program must be for graduate-level study.  District 7770 will only fund one year of study; any further study will be the responsibility of the candidate.  A direct lineal descendant (child or grnadchild) of an active Rotarian is not eligible to apply unless the Rotarian has been out of Rotary for three full years.

We greatly appreciate your assistance in supporting your candidate during and after the application and selection process.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to our committee members Mary English and Amanda Jordan should you have any questions or concerns.  Their email addresses are included below.

Kindest Regards,

Beth Wingard

District 7770 Ambassadorial Global Grants Scholarship Chair

Tel: (803)422-3741

Email:  bwingard(at)bbandt(dot)com


Mary English

Email:  northportpt(at)aol(dot)com


Amanda Jordan

Email:  rcsdcatlee(at)gmail(dot)com


Ambassadorial Global Grant Scholar Receives Fulbright Scholarship

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Apr 282014

A quick story and photo on Levi Vonk, one of our current Ambassadorial Global Grant Scholars at Sussex University in the UK. He has received a Fulbright Grant that will allow him to do research in León, Mexico for a full year in 2015.

Levi is a 2012 graduate of the College of Charleston and has worked extensively in South Carolina with immigrant populations and has dedicated his academic and professional path to bettering the lives of immigrants and their families.

In his own words……..

My Fulbright grant will allow me to do research in León, Mexico for a full year in 2015.  I’ll be conducting independent research on migrant reintegration in the state of Guanajuato.  That is, I’ll be studying how Mexican migrants who have been living in the US are reintegrating into Mexican society, why they decided to move back, what opportunities there are for them in Guanajuato, etc.  All the research that I’ll be doing will be directly modeled after the anthropological research I’ve done in Sussex, meaning that without my Rotary Grant the Fulbright research wouldn’t be possible.

Ambassadorial Scholar Accepted at Johns Hopkins

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Apr 192014

Allysan Scatterday, former Ambassadorial Scholar (2012-13) was accepted into Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Health department of International Health and Human Nutrition. Allysan worked on her MPH at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris during her Rotary year and is thrilled to continue her studies in public health. The program consists of core course work done in Baltimore followed by a practicum and thesis often done in an international setting. Allysan hopes to ultimately pursue a career in public health leadership and research and to affect nutritional policy change both domestically and internationally.

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Check Out What’s Happening With An Ambassadorial Scholar

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Feb 062014

District 7770 has Ambassadorial/Global Scholars all over the globe. Here is the blog link for one of our Ambassadorial Global Scholars, Chantel Lucas, attending Sussex University in the UK. This is Chantel Lucas’ blog

Also her Vimeo link

Ambassadorial Scholar Returns from Morocco

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Jan 162014

ann marie quinnAnn Marie Quinn, an Ambassadorial Scholar just returned from 18 months in Morocco, is shown giving a presentation on her experiences to the Mt Pleasant Rotary Club. Ann Marie was very involved with the Rotaract Club in Morocco and participated in a number of service projects with them as well as her Host Club, the International Club de Fes. Ann Marie attended Al Akhawayn University, a renowned center of learning known as the “Harvard” of Morocco. Ann Marie will be returning to Morocco in mid January to take a position with an NGO and charged with writing Grants to enable the NGO to plant tens of millions of crop trees to help  Morocco’s exports.

New Generations Month in Action

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Sep 232013

Our District 7770 Ambassadorial Scholars are New Generations Month in Action. At the District Foundation and Membership Seminar, 2012 – 2013 Scholar Allysan Scatterday gave an update on her year in Paris.

She earned a masters in public health and will use her experience to apply to medical school. During her time in Paris, she was able to volunteer on various Rotary projects, including a medical trip to Tunisia to work with abandoned children in an orphanage.

During the school year, she helped to establish an inaugural international conference on public health issues, and she traveled to Berlin to represent her Rotary area.

She said her scholar experience changed her life and the direction of her medical studies. She hopes to use her education to do more medical volunteering. We in District 7770 are proud to have Allysan and our other scholars represent both our District and our country as an ambassador for Rotary.

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