In 2022, following a successful application for a Rotary Global Scholarship, Emma Jones, from Widnes, was awarded funding to begin a 2 year Master’s Degree in International and Development Studies, specialising in Gender, Race and Diversity, at The Graduate Institute Geneva, a highly prestigious institution, which is partnered with Yale and Harvard in USA. This was a new experience for Widnes Rotary and we thank our District 1285 Foundation Lead and Committee Members, Patrick Tyrell and Jackie Berry for their help and patience!
Such scholarships are awarded with the help of Rotary's own charity 'Foundation' into which members make donations across the globe. Grants of all types relating to Rotary's seven areas of focus are given out each year.
Emma’s connection with Widnes Rotary began when she started her first job at the Ring O'Bells Pub in Derby Road, at the Ring O’ Bells Pub in Derby Road, where members used to meet. Emma, studiying for her A levels at the time, was curious and asked what Rotary was. Then in 2017, Emma, who always wants to do good in the world, volunteered to work with Raleigh International, and wanted to travel to Tanzania, East Africa to help build toilets and hygiene facilities for young girls. However, to be able to travel, Emma needed to raise funds and applied to us for a small grant which helped towards her fundraising, enabling her to go. Emma’s skill set now includes bricklaying and plastering!!
Emma has gone on to work and volunteer in many places including France, China and the US and her CV is already eye watering. In 2022, Emma graduated from Nottingham University with a 2:1 in Politics and French and during her studies worked as a Disability Support Worker assisting other students.
Emma is now in her second year and currently (January 2024) visiting Uganda where she is being hosted by a Rotary family whilst doing her thesis. She wants to raise funds for a local school for disabled children who have no toys and where the local community help to raise funds to provide basic food for the children.
Emma certainly follows the Rotary ethos of 'service above self', is such a driven young lady, and we will look forward to seeing her progress.
We would all like to wish her Congratulations and Good Luck!
Some of the photos shown are of Emma’s trip to Tanzania in 2017. Emma recently visited us to say thank you and to tell us of her journey since 2015 and is pictured with our 2020-23 President, Linda.
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A wonderful gathering to say thank you to all those who helped us with the float and to make donations from the £20,333 collected from the Widnes public and local businesses! Click details for photos of the evening and more info!more