APPLETON (LU) - Three Lawrence University students have been awarded RotaryFoundation Ambassadorial Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic yearand a fourth has been named a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for2011-12.
Jamie Gajewski, Natalie Grattan and Sonya Weston are amongmore than 500 students from 29 countries who have been named RotaryScholars and awarded $25,000 scholarships for a year of graduatestudies abroad beginning this fall. Sarah Ehlinger was awarded ascholarship beginning Fall 2011.
Grattan’s and Ehlinger’s scholarships were awardedthrough the Appleton Rotary Club and Rotary District 6220.
The Ambassadorial Scholarships provide students opportunities tostudy at participating universities in the 200 countries andgeographical areas where Rotary clubs are active. While abroad, thescholars serve as “goodwill ambassadors” for their homecountries by participating in community service projects andspeaking at local Rotary club events, civic organizations and otherforums.
Gajewski, who graduated last December with a major in Spanish,will study Arabic at Egypt’s Alexandria University. She alsoplans to work on a volunteer projected focused on Egypt's ruralpoverty or the empowerment of women. She received her scholarshipthrough the Madison Rotary Club and Rotary District 6250.
Grattan, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., majoring inbiochemistry, will attend the University of Otago in Wellington,New Zealand to study public health. She plans to pursue medicalschool at the University of Washington when she returns and hopesto eventually work with the World Health Organization.
Weston, a 2007 Lawrence graduate from Macomb, Ill., willattend the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal NehruUniversity in New Delhi, pursuing coursework in Indian politics,history and society, focusing on the social and politicalimplications of India’s burgeoning economic transformation.She also will undertake intensive Hindi language study.
Weston, sponsored by the Macomb Rotary Club Macomb, Ill., iscurrently working as a research assistant at the Woodrow WilsonInternational Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.
As a 2011-12 Rotary Scholar, Ehlinger, a junior fromWauwatosa, will have to wait a year before she heads to theUniversity of Ghana in the capital city of Accra. While herinterests include environmental hazards and human health, she isstill deciding where to focus her studies.
Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy andacademic excellence, the Rotary Foundation AmbassadorialScholarships program is one of the world’s largest privatelysponsored international scholarship programs. Established in 1947,the program has sponsored more than 40,000 scholars and countsamong its alumni former U.S. Ambassador to India and 1959 Lawrencegraduate David Mulford, former Federal Reserve Chairman PaulVolcker Jr. and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert.
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