Rotary Beds, Bucks and Herts are proud to host four Global Grants Scholars from September, 2017 through to August, 2018.

2017-18 Schloars

These are the four Global Grants Scholars who are being hosted by our District 1260 from September, 2017 through to August, 2018. They are available to visit Rotary Clubs throughout their study year, and this facility is part of their Grant Terms and Conditions. You have options. Invite one Scholar along to your club meeting, or it might be worth considering organising a Scholars Evening and invite two  along together. It costs nothing for  our District and Clubs to ‘host’ these terrific young professional and ambitious students. (Except perhaps an evening meal.) All you have to do is contact the appropriate scholars host councillor  listed below by phone, text or e.mail and arrange mutually agreeable days/ dates. Global Grant Scholars  must carry out between six and ten Rotary Club presentations during their study year, so please take advantage of the opportunities. Thanks in anticipation of your support. If you have any queries, or need help or advice, please get in touch with me.

The Scholars will be available from around mid-October onwards. Please take advantage of their availability.

2016-2017 Scholars

The nine 2016/17 Global Grant Scholars which the District has been hosting are now coming to the end of their studies at London universities.They have already started going their separate ways and their integration and participation within the district has been outstanding, as has that of many of the Rotary Clubs within the District. The Scholars have  visited around thirty five Rotary Clubs and have collectively given more than seventy presentations, which is a magnificent achievement. 

    • Crystal Nwosu (Baldock) has gone to Grenada to continue her studies and hopes to return to the UK to study for a further two years.
    • Grace Petrie (Amersham) has returned to New York to study/ work.
    • Jordan Delorenzo (Hatfield) has landed a job in Iraq.
    • Jourdan McGinn (Newport Pagnell) will shortly be going to work in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
    • Lusine Mehrabyan (Letchworth Garden City) has graduated and is hoping to stay to work in London.
    • Ben Tidwell, (Ware) Wyatt Hoffman (Hemel Hempstead) and Brenna McCallick (Luton Someries) have all completed their courses successfully and will be looking for new challenges, no doubt.
    • Chelsea Phipps (Winslow) is staying to study for a further year.She is currently, I understand, working short term in London for the Bill and Melanie Gates Foundation.

     My sincere thanks to all the clubs, Host Councillors and grant committees who have helped in any way to make this year with the Scholars so successful. 

    Neil Beeton
    Global Grant Scholars Co-ordinator

    CHELSEA PHIPPS
    Host Club - Rotary Club  of Winslow

    Chelsea is in her second year studying at the London School of Economics and Political Science for a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Her sponsor club is the Rotary Club of Valdese, District 7670, USA. Her home is in Washington DC and she has worked as a Communications Associate for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s political affiliate, the NRDC’s Global Strategy and Advocacy Programme to advocate at the UN during the Sustainable Development Goals design process.

    Chelsea has had experience as a volunteer in a Rape Crisis Centre and has also been actively involved in fund-raising for a women’s shelter in DC Before moving to DC, Chelsea studied international development, political science and foreign policy as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC, Chapel Hill. She has spent time in Delhi studying water project sustainability for an undergraduate honours thesis.

    Chelsea has also worked with the Foundation  for Sustainable Development in Masaka, Uganda and also with International Development Enterprises in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

    Born in Gunnison, Colorado and raised in Sylva, North Carolina, she  attended Smoky Mountain School, where she was Student Body President, played Varsity soccer and acted in school musicals

    Chelasea  is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Winslow
    Her Host Councillor is
    Lucy Ralph
    Tel: 01296 711389 (H)  07764 189004 (Mob)
    E-mail:   bottle8@icloud.com

    PAUL SHAKESHAFT
    Host Club  - Rotary Club of Milton Keynes Grand Union

    Paul  is a Rotary Global Grant scholar pursuing a MA in Philosophy by Research with the University of Buckingham. His sponsor club is the Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest in District 6450, Illinois, USA.

    Paul is an honours graduate of Elmhurst College and the Centre for Mediaeval & Renaissance Studies, Oxford. While obtaining his law degree in Virginia, he competed in moot court and volunteered with the Centre for Global Justice, Human Rights, & the Rule of Law.

    He has Irish connections in that his father was born in Dublin and is a veteran of the Royal Navy, and met his mother in Chicago, where they raised three sons. In his spare time he enjoys walks in the country, visiting historical landmarks, and the arts.

    Paul is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Milton Keynes Grand Union
    His Host Councillor is
    Susan Jackson
    Tel:-  01908 260933 (H)  07799 768265 (M)
    E-Mail:- susan.jackson35@btinternet.com

    MIMA FONDONG
    Host Club – Rotary Club of Amersham

    Mima is studying at the University of Westminster on a one year couse. She is 22 years old  from Alexandria, Louisiana, USA. Her sponsor club is the Rotary Club of South Shreveport, District 6190. After being raised in Alexandria for most of her life, her departure commenced after graduating at Alexandria Senior High School in May of 2013, Mima then continued her education at Baylor University located in Waco, Texas where she recently received a Bachelor's degree in Health Science Studies, Pre-Medicine.

    Her short-term plans involve furthering her studies in London  in pursuit of a Master's of Science degree in Global Public Health and Nutrition. Eventually, she would like to return to The United States and earn a Doctorate of Medicine degree, reaching her life-long goal of becoming a physician specializing in emergency medicine.

    Her immediate family consists of her mother, Dr. Stella Immanuel, who is a pediatrician in Oakdale, Louisiana, U.S.A. and a younger sister, Bernette Fondong, who is enrolled in her third year at the University of Houston located in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. Mima loves to travel, exercise, and spend quality time with friends and family. Above all, she aspires to be someone of influence and make the world better for all of the beautiful people it withholds.

    Mima is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Amersham
    Her Host Councillor is
    Phil Roberts
    Tel:- 07706 988059 (M)
    E-mail:-  phil_eileen42@btinternet.com

    ZACHARY BEECHER
    Host Club - Rotary Club of Baldock

    Zach was born and raised in Randolph, New Jersey, USA. He is in the UK for one year studying at Kings College London for a Masters Degree in Conflict, Security and Development. His Global Grant Scholarship has been secured by the Rotary Club of Morristown, District 7470. North New Jersey, USA

    After graduating at high school, he attended Princeton University where he studied national security policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  During his time at Princeton University, Zach served as class president for all four years and served with several civic engagement organizations while also travelling to Central America, the Balkans and Southeast Asia to study conflict resolution with the Office of Religious Life. 

    In 2013, Zach commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Logistics Corps with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Last year, he deployed to Iraq where he led the logistics advise and assist effort for Iraqi forces fighting to liberate Mosul. Zach’s ultimate objective is to join the United States foreign service or pursue a career in international law. An avid traveller, reader, and talker, Zach can’t wait to explore London and as much of Europe as he can in his studies next year.

    Zach is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Baldock
    His Host Councillor is
    Bob Hemmings
    Tel:- 01462 895366 (H)   07711 320311 (M)
    E-Mail:- rob.hemmings@empower-ltd.com

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