Rotary Global Scholar Wins Fulbright Scholarship

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Aug 262014

Levi Vonk just finished his year as Rotary Global Scholar in the UK. He’s been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research migrant workers in Mexico.

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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 Speaks at Chapin Rotary Club

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Nov 022013
rotary ambassadorial scholarEmily Dawes, a 2010 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar  spoke to the Chapin Rotary Club about her exciting experiences as a Rotary Exchange Student at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, where she received an MA in history. Prior to her Rotary Scholarship,Ms.Dawes had recently graduated from Purdue University and was a post graduate student enrolled at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Following Beirut, she returned to the prestigious Moroccan University where she completed her second MA in International Studies and Diplomacy.
She was sponsored by the Lafayette Rotary Club in District 6560. Her host club was the Beirut Cosmopolitan Rotary Club and she was a member of their Rotoract Club.
She is currently an Adjunct Facility Member in the Midlands Tech Political Science Department and an ESL instructor at the Hammond School in Columbia.
Also pictured, reluctantly, is PAG George McConnell, who with wife Karen also spent time working and traveling in the Middle East, including beautiful Lebanon, sometime after the Crusades.
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Chapin Rotary Club

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.

Ambassadorial Alumni Pursuing PhD in Marine Science

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Sep 202013

Karly Miller, Ambassadorial Scholar Alumna from Lexington Rotary Club who spent a year in Lima, Peru in 2011, entered her second year of graduate study at the University of California, Santa Barbara this fall.  She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Marine Science, building on the marine science degree that she earned from USC in 2009.  Her graduate research spans the gap between natural and social sciences, examining various social and ecological factors that affect patterns of resource use and conservation in the coastal zone.  Her interest is in finding ways to address conservation and development goals by viewing them as linked priorities (you cannot have one without the other).

This research allows Ms. Miller to pursue both her love of the ocean and her passion for people.   When asked about why she is going to graduate school she explained: “I grew up loving the ocean, and as I realized how much it was being changed by human activity, I dedicated myself to marine conservation.  But as I studied, I became frustrated by how often conservation efforts were in direct conflict with human-use.  My year in Peru helped me see how much people all over the world depend on the oceans.  I realized that in order to have a sustainable future, we need to find ways that conservation and development can be combined.  Its not easy, but it’s incredibly important.”

While Karly still has years of school ahead of her, she hopes to complete her degree and become a professor.  This would allow her to continue looking for answers through her research, and also to teach and mentor university students with passions of their own.  Shortly after moving to Santa Barbara, Karly located the nearest Rotary and offered to talk about her experiences with Rotary in South Carolina and Peru.  She continues to be in touch with them and says, “Its wonderful, every time I go to a Rotary meeting it feels a little bit like home.  I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had thanks to Rotary, and for all the friendly faces that greet me whenever and wherever I show up.”

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