Meet The 2022/23 Scholars

Mon, Nov 7th 2022 at 7:00 pm- Thu, Nov 24th 2022 - 9:00 pm

Six zoom events to hear our Rotary Scholars speak

Here are some of the group at this year’s Briefing in Oxford
Here are some of the group at this year’s Briefing in Oxford

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How many Scholars are there?

The Rotary Foundation awards about 300 scholarships for postgraduates each year, who study overseas, and follow a subject that addresses one of the Seven Rotary focusses.


Rotary in Thames Valley hosts about 30 of these scholars each year; we are helping our fellow Rotarians around the world who send them, as well as helping the youngsters. The D1090 clubs that ‘godparent’ these young people often say what a privilege it is to be involved with them while they are with us, helping them on arrival to settle into their colleges, showing them a bit of English culture, often making friends for life.

The Focus of studies

The focus of their studies is fascinating, yes they are in an academic environment, but some of the objectives are very practical:

Helping to defuse conflict, finding solutions for remote groups to be self-sustaining in growing food, protecting vulnerable women, researching medical solutions, designing policies to disincentive the co-optation of minors in organized crime, find ways to reduce gun crime, sustainable energy in Nigeria, ….

Six Zoom events to meet the Scholars

Six clubs in D1090, who are closely involved with hosting (or godparenting as I call it) are staging an evening (75 minutes) when you can ‘Meet’ four or five scholars, who will tell us what they are doing, and how the award they have been given will benefit those less fortunate than ourselves, and so meet the Rotary objectives.

Who is speaking: Where and When:

 Date:  Monday 7th Nov  Wednesday 9th Nov  Thursday 10th Nov
 Time: 19.00 19.30 19.30
 Host: Peter Wilkinson Richard Kirby Chris Scruby
 Club: Witney Abingdon Oxford North
 Scholars:  Ani Alaberkyan  Reem Abdulla  Rachel Finlayson
   Alessandro Giammaria  Taylor Plett  Ayomide Olaniyan
   Carlee Goldberg  Maria Gargiulo  Emma Walker-Silverman
   Annika Theodoulou  Laurie Yousman  Chian Yang
     Marta Ziosi

 Date: Monday 21st Nov Tuesday 22nd Nov Thursday 24th Nov
 Time: 18.30 20.00 19.00
 Host: Chris Philip Tessa Hammond George Argyropoulos
 Club: Newbury Eynsham Reading Thames
 Scholars:  Sandrena Frischer  Sammi Bennett  Jack Baldwin

 Luke Spajic  John Crocker  Max Nathanson

 Pierfrancesco Lapollo Losasso  Ariel Dempsey  Ayomide Olaniyan

 Jelka Stojanov  Ella Mascia  Alice Yu
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Check out the individual Scholar Profiles

Take a quick tour through the Scholars’ Profile Book (or scroll through it below) to see if there are any whose story appeals, or to whom you would like to ask a question. 

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Here are some of the group at this year’s Briefing in Oxford

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