Former Global Scholar Accepted at George Washington University

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Jul 132014

I have exciting news to share with my Rotary family. I have been granted the opportunity to pair my passion for global health with a clinical skill set through George Washington University’s Physician Assistant Program in Washington, DC. This is a nationally leading program with a strong focus on public health, patient advocacy, and community service. My ambassadorial year with Rotary played a huge role in facilitating this opportunity. I am humbled and excited to train with such an outstanding cohort of individuals and to become better equipped to meet the physical needs of vulnerable populations throughout the world – to play a part in redeeming that which is broken – to offer a voice and dignity to those who are sick and living in poverty.

This is a bit of a delayed update, as I am actually six weeks into the program. I was offered a seat in the class in May, one week before classes started. I uprooted from Charleston in three days’ time, so life has been a bit full with the transition, not to mention the intensity of the program itself! I am taking seven classes this summer semester, with a nice balance between clinically oriented courses (clinical assessment, anatomy, biochemistry) and public health oriented courses. I am finding life in DC to be busy and full of change and opportunity. My instructors are all leaders in the field, a benefit which has already provided great insight to our clinical focus, as well as opportunities to become involved in policy with our close proximity to the Capitol.

Many of you have come to know my husband Ben through my time as a scholar. He has been offered a job teaching high school history at an inner city charter school, so we will be living in the city for the next couple of years. We are beyond thankful for this opportunity and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us. I will be sure to keep you all informed of milestones throughout this journey! We hope to find ourselves back in the Lowcountry from time to time!

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 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.

Rotary Club of Five Points Sponsors Global Grant Scholar

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Dec 052013

Heidari hdshotUniversity of South Carolina senior Leila Heidari has been named a Rotary Global Grant Scholar to obtain her Masters in Global Health at Oxford University in Oxford, UK during the 2014-2015 academic year. Heidari is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Five Points in Columbia, South Carolina.  Five Points Rotarian Louis Dessau, who led the nominating process for the club, says, “We have many talented students in the Columbia area who can represent Rotary throughout the world.  Leila Heidari is exceptional and will be reporting back to us during her year in the UK.  Rotarians everywhere should feel pride in what they accomplish by donating to the Rotary Foundation, which enables students like Leila to spend a year abroad and learn how people from different cultures can do business with one another and live together peaceably.”   President Andrew says, “One of my goals in this year is to be involved in the community, to let people know what Rotary is and what Rotary does for young people to help them succeed.  We’ll follow Leila through her year as a Rotary scholar and after she returns from Oxford.  Thanks to District 7770 for making this possible.”


Important Dates for Global Grant Scholarships

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Oct 032013

new generations Seek qualified applicants Fall 2013 and 1st Quarter 2014

 Sponsor clubs screen and select applicants January – April 2014

 Applicants submit application to sponsoring Rotary Club April 1, 2014

 Sponsor clubs submit applications to District Scholarship Committee June 1, 2014, including a preliminary proposal for the Scholarship to meet the minimum $30,000 requirement. The costs to include all tuition, books, travel, living expenses and a one month language training course in the country of destination as required. A local project in the country of destination can be included to meet the $30,000 minimum.

 Coach and prepare applicant for District Interview June – July 2014

 District Interviews late July, 2014

 Host and Sponsor Districts submit applications online to TRF March, 2015 for approval on July 1, 2015

 Each Rotary Club in District 7770 may submit two (2) applications for the Academic Year.

Applications and additional information are available at the web at pdf/fv_global_ grants_scholar_applications_en.pdf 

Or Contact Pat Richards 843-471-2522 phrichards8(at)gmail(dot)com or Beth Wingard 803-251-1706 bethwngrd(at)gmail(dot)com

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