Rotary Club of Belfast

Global Grant Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding to non Rotarians through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships.

The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years in any approved University located in a country where there is a host Rotary club or district, outside of the applicant's home country.

Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary's six areas of focus:
Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development.

Interested candidates must apply through a Rotary Club and

The Rotary Club of Belfast welcomes applicants and would be delighted to act
as a host Club for any Rotary Club or graduate student

  • SarahPresentsDistrictBanner 18.09.17The Club are delighted to welcome Sarah Mardley, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who will be studying violence, terrorism and security. She presented President Rosemary with her District Banner on her 1st visit to the Club September 18. We wish her a happy and successful year.
  • PresIvanAndPPBryanWithGlobalScholars2016 bThe Club was delighted to welcome 2 Rotary Global Peace Scholars attached to the Club for the 2016/17 academic year. They introduced themselves on Monday 12 September and are: Catherine Glen (on the left), sponsored by the Rotary Club of Spartanburg, South Carolina, who will be studying for a Masters in Childhood Adversity at Queens University. and Laney Lennox, sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Shreveport, Louisiana, who will be studying for a Masters in Conflict Resolution also at Queens University. they gave a presentation to the Club Monday 28 November. Their well received address detailed their backgrounds, current activities and future plans.

    CatherinePresentationCatherine advised that she came from South Carolina near Florida which is famous for its official State Hospitality Beverage - tea (particularly 'sweet tea' which is 50% sugar! South Carolina being the first place in the United States where tea was grown) as well as shrimps and crisps. She has been involved in working with children since university helping children improve their lives in the US and Japan. CatherinePresentation2Noting that childhood adversity results in life long negative health and educational outcomes and children are more likely to be aggressive, involved in anti-social behaviour, or go to prison she advised that her thesis included working with Barnados welcoming Syrian refugees into schools. She concluded by stating she wanted to continue improving special needs programmes after school, develop school community interventions, train youth as leaders and promote peace.

    LaneyPresentationLaney advised that she was from Louisiana, 200 miles north of New Orleans, which has a very mixed culture heavily influenced by Texas influences, the streets having names relating to the Alamo. She noted that had wanted to study abroad as part of her peace studies degree and chose Northern Ireland. She is particularly interested in “narrative theory” (how people deal with experience by observing stories and listening to the stories of others) noting sharing stories creates common human identities. She concluded by noting that NI is amazing place for someone interested in story telling and that she is involved in story-writing centres and workshop groups for different communities hoping to work in this area when her studies are finished.

    PresRosemaryAnd ScholarsThey visited the  Club on many occasions and went to the District Conference; Laney is shown here left on 24 July 2017 with 2 other Scholars Kristina McLaughlin, the guest speaker who discussed her recent travels and study at Trinity College Dublin of historical memory in post-conflict areas and Shaley Moore from Missouri, USA (sponsored by Webb City-Carl Junction RC) who through the Rotary District 6110 Kirchner Scholarship is studying for a Master's degree in International Peace and Reconciliation at Magee College, University of Ulster who also address the Club on 14 August.

    LaneysPresentation 18.09.17Laney was delighted to report to the Club 18 September 2017 that she had completed her dissertation for her Masters in Conflict Resolution at the George Mitchell Institute, Queens University. She advised that having done a semester in Belfast whilst studying for her BA in creative writing at Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, she became interested in how Belfast could be used in creative storytelling. Following graduation she spent a year in Galway editing literary reviews but wanted to get back to the conflict and social justice area and applied for her Masters to come back to Belfast through which she has been researching storytelling and how it can be used. This study introduced her to archives and Laney has done an internship in archive filming former prisoners’ experiences in Long Kesh and Armagh Women’s Prisons and is now interested in how archives help in recording the past. She was also delighted to have had a Masterclass with George Mitchell.

    LaneyPresentsBanner 18.09.17She advised that her time in Northern Ireland had had a major influence on her future career choice and that the sort of work she wants is more established in NI than other places so she is applying for jobs hoping to stay and apply her experience.

    Laney stressed that her involvement with Rotary had given her great experiences attending the Conference and speaking to Clubs and she attended a USA election party last November. She thanked the Club for the support and presented a banner of her sponsoring Rotary Club of South Shreveport.

    We wish both Scholars every success in their future careers.
  • ExchangeOfBannersThe Club was delighted to welcome during the year Global Scholar Kjelsie Hass.

    Kjelsie was being hosted by Dublin Rotary Club but was based in Belfast and was a frequent visitor. She presented a banner from her sponsoring Rushmore Rotary Club, Rapid City, South Dakota, District 5610 on her first Club visit 07 December 2015 to President Elect Ivan McMinn.

    On her final visit to the Club, Monday 13 June, Kjelsie bade her farewells. She thanked the Club for her support and guidance particularly President Ronnie, PPs Bryan Johnston and Derek Baxter and Eric Rainey.

    Addressing the Club, Kjelsie noted that she had been undertaking an MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation In Trinity College, Dublin and the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast. After a picture quiz she disclosed that her home was Rapid City, South Dakota and having in 2009 completed her Global Studies at South Dakota University she backpacked in Europe. This led to her changing tack to a career in diplomacy and in 2011 she interned at the State Department in Brussels and at the US-EU Communications Hub. In 2013 she became a Corps member of "Teach for America" and taught 11-15yr old disadvantaged children – 98% of whom qualified for free lunches and they had a reading level of only 5-7 years age.

    KjelsieQuestionTimeShe revealed that, coming from a sheltered background, she found this a difficult period; there was a culture of violence and she and her family had 2 death threats. But the 2 children she made particular progress with inspired her and led to her undertaking this year as a Global Scholar in Peace and Reconciliation. Her dissertation studies the link between trauma and truth in post conflict societies particularly comparing NI & South Africa and she left for Capetown Tuesday 14 June. Her experiences have again shifted her focus from International Diplomacy as the one thing she will be taking back is the importance of direct work in communities and working on the ground and she is currently interviewing for a post with Non-Profit companies.

    Loudly applauded she ended with thanks for generously hosting her. We wish her well.

    We are delighted to report that she has 'excitedly' emailed February 2017 that not only did she graduate with distinction, but has also been awarded the James Haire Prize for Best Dissertation of 2015-16 for her MPhil program noting she couldn't have done this without the support of The Belfast Rotary Club during her time here. She will be returning for the summer commencement ceremony in June and we forward to hopefully her attending a meeting then.

    In her email she related that having returned home she visited her family in South Dakota for the first time in nearly a year while also finishing her dissertation and started her new job in Jacksonville, Florida working as an Organizational Development Training Specialist at PACE Center for Girls. She states: "I love my new job! I work at our Headquarters office and travel frequently to our 19 centers across the state of Florida. We are also expanding to Georgia within the next year and New York soon after that. PACE provides academic and counseling services to girls from at-risk backgrounds. We are regularly invited to conferences at the White House to discuss and promote effective programming for women and girls, and we were involved in a recent national research project that puts PACE as the leading organization in the U.S. working for girls from at-risk backgrounds due to our strength-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed approach. I was also chosen in September to participate in a 1-2 year leadership fellowship here through Teach For America called the Halverson Alumni Fellowship. The fellowship aims to position Jacksonville's Teach For America alumni as a force of change in the education movement here both inside and outside of the classroom, creating relationships amongst organizations and movements across our community so that we can become effective educational leaders who will continue to lead the movement. I presented as a guest speaker at a couple of local Rotary clubs here in Jacksonville 2 weeks ago. February is the Rotary's Peace and Conflict Resolution month so my presentation fit in well to introduce this theme. The Rotarians here loved hearing about how welcoming you all were to me during my time there! Our District Governor was also coincidentally in attendance at the first club I spoke at. He loved hearing about my time as a Global Grant Scholar so he emailed all Presidents in the District recommending my presentation so I have several more presentations scheduled in the coming months.
  • PresRonnieAndKatieThe Club was delighted to welcome 2014/15 Global Scholar Katie Scrantom, who was sponsored by the Far North Rotary Club, Chicago, while she studied for for an MSc in Psychology of Childhood Adversity at Queens University Belfast.

    She addressed the Club on Monday 24 November, noting that she was being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chicago Far North, she thanked Rotary for the support which has enabled her to undertake this study - a pilot one year programme. She spoke about her work with children and how it led her to this study.

    She had been an undergraduate in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina hit she moved to Chicago and spent 7 years there, her longest stay in any one place as she had travelled all over the States as her father changed jobs. She has spent her life working with children through High School, summer camps, two week visits to orphanages in Mexico and Honduras and, being particularly interested in childhood adversity, 4 years as a social worker in Chicago. She started with others the Dwon Madiki Partnership - a partnership between student members of Invisible Conflicts (IC) at Loyola University Chicago and primary students and families in Lacor, Uganda (the name Dwon Madiki translates to "voices of tomorrow" in Lacor's native language, Acholi). Recognizing that all children have a right to a prosperous education, Invisible Conflicts raises about $17,000 per year to fund the education (tuition and school supplies) of twenty Ugandan students from vulnerable backgrounds at multiple boarding and day schools in northern Uganda. Lacor was the epicentre of a conflict between the government and the Lord's Resistance Army, which began in 1986 and roughly ended in 2006. The IC Plunge (where students collect donations and take a dip in Lake Michigan in December!) raised $13,000 in the first year. She first came to Belfast in 2013 to work with Tools for Solidarity, which was when she learned about the Queen's MSc which has a specific focus on development in the context of adversity particularly in a post-conflict setting.
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    Under her professional name Kale Quinby, she also finds time to be a professional singer! It was in this guise that she performed at the Club's Christmas Dinner and beautifully sang 2 of her own compositions concluding with the whole room singing I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.


    During her time here she made 6 presentations to other Rotary Clubs accompanied by Past President Bryan Johnston or Past President Derek Baxter - shown left at her last visits at Londonderry and Dungannon respectively.

    On her final visit to the Club, 7 September 2015, Katie having completed her Dissertation for Masters in Art, Peace and Child Psychology outlined her degree work. Her special area of work was child development and she concentrated on using art to build special bridges in society and to give children confidence to establish good relationships. This had involved her interviewing 10 children from a broad ethnic background in Dungannon and she related some interesting comments by the children.

    Now moving to Northern Spain, she said her sad farewells. She thanked Rotary for the wonderful opportunity she had been given, the Belfast Club in particular for her reception and guidance and the help and support from PPs Bryan Johnston and Derek Baxter Loudly applauded she ended with a very tearful goodbye!

    We wish her well.

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