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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 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 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.
|Date:||Monday 7th Nov||Wednesday 9th Nov||Thursday 10th Nov|
|Host:||Peter Wilkinson||Richard Kirby||Chris Scruby|
|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|
|Date:||Monday 21st Nov||Tuesday 22nd Nov||Thursday 24th Nov|
|Host:||Chris Philip||Tessa Hammond||George Argyropoulos|
|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|
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.
back This is the one of Rotary's largest programmes, running since 1947.