MARQUETTE – Juliana Hagembe, a Northern Michigan University graduate student from Kenya, has been selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for the 2007-08 academic year.
Hagembe, a first year master’s candidate in biochemistry, competed for her $26,000 scholarship against five other applicants in her district, including two other NMU students. The other competitors were from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lawrence University, and Finlandia University.
“The scholarship is very prestigious, so I knew that most of the applicants would be really strong,” Hagembe said. “I was therefore really excited and honored to hear that I was the one who had been selected. It feels like I have been given a master key that I can use to open so many doors.”
In 2007, Hagembe plans to pursue studies in Hong Kong for public health/international health.
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships are the world's largest privately funded international scholarship awards. Their purpose is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.
The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups.