Two years ago District 6330 selected 2 candidates for the Rotary Foundation Global Scholar program. Both Surer Mohamed and Andrew Player went to the UK to further their studies during the past academic year.
Surer to pursue her Master of Philosophy in International Relations and Politics at the University of Cambridge - and - Andrew pursued his Master of Science in International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Surer Mohamed

As a Rotary Global Grants Scholar in the 2016-2017 academic year, I studied at the University of Cambridge pursuing an MPhil in International Relations and Politics. This year’s experience has been invaluable for my growth as a researcher, academic, and scholar. Throughout the course of this year, I was exposed to the cutting-edge of my academic discipline and made to broaden my intellectual horizons in ways that I could not have imagined. During the final term, I conducted archival research, analyzed my data, and produced a 25,000 word dissertation entitled “Perpetual Peacebuilding: Charting Somalia’s Role in Discourses of the International.” With the submission of my dissertation on July 15, 2017, I successfully completed the requirements for the MPhil in International Relations and Politics.
Visiting the Rotary Clubs surrounding Cambridge absolutely enriched my learning experience over the course of the year. I was invited to speak at the Cambridge club, Ely Hereward, and spend the night in Norwich. These experiences allowed me to burst the academic bubble, to come to know the surrounding areas of Cambridge with a degree of comfort that otherwise would not have been possible without Rotary. As well, I grew close to several of the other Rotary scholars, which allowed me to create (hopefully) lifelong connections with bright young people that endeavor to change the world.
Over the course of the year, I was admitted to pursue a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Without the training that the MPhil program provided, and without the support of Rotary, this certainly would not have been possible. In future years, I hope to enter academia and conduct research that makes a meaningful impact on peacebuilding and justice-making in war-torn countries. I could not have done this without the support of Rotary, and for that I am eternally grateful. I hope, in the future, to prove my worth as a Rotary Global Grants Scholar.

Andrew Player

Andrew Player shown here exchanging banners with his host club - Kew Gardens in the UK. 
He presented them with the District 6330 banner, and they presented him with their club banner.
Andrew is returning home in October and is available to tell his story at club visits. To arrange a suitable time with him, please contact him at