Global Grant Scholarship
(for study starting in Rotary Year 2017-18)

Global Grant Scholarships (value: US$30,000) support graduate study in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, by students from District 5360 at universities outside of Canada. Preference is given to students starting new programs of study, normally at the master’s level. Rotary’s six areas of focus are 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. Scholarships are available for 2017-18 and study must start after July 1, 2017.
 
District Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
 
Application Link: Submit an application form, copies of university transcripts, your CV and two confidential letters of reference that speak to your involvement in one or more of Rotary's six areas of focus to Hendrik Kraay, Rotary District 5360 Scholarship Team Lead.
 
For More Information, see please view the GGS Flyer or contact Hendrik Kraay, District 5360 Scholarship Team Lead, 403-852-9531.
 
 
 
Meet our Scholars

Jiliane Golczyk, MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France (Rotary Club of Red Deer and Rotary Club of Paris-Alliance), Global Grant Scholar, 2016-17

Jiliane Golczyk is a Masters student at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, where she studies Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, with concentrations in Diplomacy and Latin America. Originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Jiliane is passionate about language learning and cultural exchange and has lived in Belgium, Chile, Turkey and France. 
 
In the past, Jiliane has worked as a Page in the House of Commons, as a Parliamentary Tour Guide, as an English Teacher in Istanbul, and as an analyst for Noria Research. She has also volunteered extensively with migrants and refugees in the Paris region as a member of Sciences Po Refugee Help, and as a translator for the Canoe Joint-Canadian Undergraduate Programs Project. 
 
Jiliane is currently interning at the UNESCO office in San José, Costa Rica, where she is working to promote the rights of youth, women, indigenous peoples and afro-descendants in the Central American region. She will complete her Masters degree in June 2017, and hopes to work for an international organisation such as the United Nations or Hu man Rights Watch.
 
See where Jiliane’s career has taken her since her Global Grant Scholarship by visiting her LinkedIn page.
 
 
 
 

Sarah Pousette is a student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2016 to 2018 she will complete her Masters in International Economics with concentration in Development Economics.

 
Sarah initially moved to Calgary from Prince George, British Columbia, to train for Long Track Speed Skating at the National Training Centre located at the Olympic Oval. After several years of skating and school Sarah decided to trade her Olympic ambitions for a new dream of working in the field of International Development.
 
Sarah is extremely passionate about women’s social and economic empowerment and spent two summers of her undergraduate degree conducting research in Ghana on women’s empowerment through vocational training programs and microfinance. In Calgary she sat on the Board of Directors and hosted a radio show for CJSW 90.9, was the Vice President Operations and Finance for the University of Calgary Students’ Union, coached with the Calgary Speed Skating Club, and chaired the University of Calgary Refugee Student Board.
 
Since she grew up without watching TV (except for the Olympics every four years) Sarah likes to spend her spare time on things she loves: camping, hiking, drinking decaf coffee and reading. She hopes that, while living in Geneva, she will have a little bit of time between her studying to continue to do that!
 
See more about Sarah Pousette’s career on her LinkedIn page.

Mark Brown, MBA in Social Enterprise, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Great Britain (Rotary Club of Calgary and Rotary Club of Faringdon & District), Global Grant Scholarship, 2015-16

Mark Brown graduated from Western Canada High School in Calgary and received his BSc from the University of Victoria in 2010. After working with Engineers without Borders, he founded an agricultural investment fund in Ghana to assist small farmers in developing their businesses. Too large to benefit from microcredit financing and too small to access conventional bank loans, these small farmers are unable to develop the full potential of their businesses. In 2015-16, Mr. Brown held a Global Grant Scholarship from District 5360 to study social entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
 
In February 2016, Mark wrote about his experience at Oxford:
 
I have decided to design my career to work on the world’s most important problems. The first chapter drew me to economic development in Ghana through agriculture. After consulting with Engineers Without Borders for a few years, I started Kulemela Investments, a first of its kind agricultural investment fund. I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people and I have learned some incredible lessons. I also reached a point where I had to take my business skills to the next level and synthesise the work experiences which I had accumulated over the years in order to tackle the next level of challenges. I applied to the best social impact-focused MBA in the world – the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.
 
My experience at Oxford has been incredible. It is truly a world class group of students and lecturers, both in the program and in the wider University. I have developed a global network of new incredible colleagues and have had some fantastic personal opportunities. My highlights thus far include being selected to co-chair the Oxford Seed Fund, which invests university endowment in early stage businesses and innovations founded by Oxford alumni and students. I was among six students to be invited to the Skoll World Forum, the largest social enterprise conference in the world. I am already interviewing with some the most world-renowned international development consultancies. I am even representing Oxford on the Varsity Blues ice hockey team. The entrepreneurial and social impact focussed electives in my program have helped me understand the business landscape in a way that matches my values instead of just emphasising shareholder profits. This degree is having a truly transformative impact on the trajectory of my career and I will be so much better equipped to continue to work on the world’s most important problems when I am done.
 
None of these amazing opportunities would have been available to me without the help of the Rotary Global Scholarship from Calgary Olympic District 5360 in my hometown of Calgary. The local host Rotary Club of Faringdon District 1090 has also been incredibly welcoming and helped my wife and I settle in and acclimatise to Britain. They have also arranged visits with fellow scholars, taken us on outings to historic sites and invited me to speak at local club meetings.
 
See where Mark Brown’s career has taken him since his Global Grant Scholarship by visiting his Linkedin page.

Reema (Romá) Souraya, MA in International Education Policy, Harvard University, United States (Rotary Club of Calgary-Heritage Park and Rotary Club of Malden), Global Grant Scholarship, 2015-16

Romá Souraya received her BA in international relations from the University of Calgary in 2015 and received a Global Grant Scholarship to study international education policy at Harvard University. A native of Calgary, she lived in Lebanon and Brazil. She was the first person in her family to earn a university degree. As a student in Calgary, she volunteered with the Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, where she worked to help immigrant youth who were having difficulties in school.
 
Upon completion of her studies, Ms. Souraya took an internship with Girl Rising in New York, an NGO that promotes education for girls.
 
See where Romá Souraya’s career has taken her since her Global Grant Scholarship by visiting her Linkedin page.
 
July 2016

Danielle (Danny) Trudeau, MA in Disaster Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Rotary Club of Calgary-Crowchild Urban Spirits and Rotary Club of Copenhagen International), Global Grant Scholarship, 2013-14

Ms. Danielle (Danny) Trudeau, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary-Crowchild Urban Spirits, completed her MA in Disaster Management at the University of Copenhagen in 2014. Having worked in disaster relief for the Red Cross, this program was a natural progression for Ms. Trudeau’s career and opened numerous doors for her. “Thanks to the support of Rotary,” writes Ms. Trudeau, “completing the Master of Disaster Management has opened up more opportunities than what I could have ever imagined. I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have had to date and looking forward to seeing what’s next around every corner.”
 
She joined a class of 17 students from around the world to take classes on topics such as Disaster Risk Management, Disaster Response and Recovery, Disaster Response and Coordination, Research and Design, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Methods, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Disaster Situations. She also had the opportunity to train in GIS with the United Nations Operational Satellite Application Technology (UNOSAT), and was featured in their promotional video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLrJQy76-HU. She wrote her thesis on “The Emerging Need for Private Partnerships in Emergency Management Systems in the Canadian Arctic.”
 
Ms. Trudeau was hosted by the Copenhagen International Rotary Club. She spoke at the Danish National Rotary Conference in September 2014 and regularly attended Rotary meetings. Anne-Marie Bach, a member of her host club, described her as “a fantastic ambassador for Rotary.”
 
The Global Grant Scholarship provided Ms. Trudeau with numerous career opportunities. She was accepted onto the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Regional Disaster Response Team for the Americas and sent to French Guiana for training (June 2014). She was also accepted onto the Canadian Civilian Roster (CANADEM) for disaster management which resulted to being trained in Berlin on Information Management in disasters and was on the standby roster with the United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). She held an internship for the United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) in the People Capabilities section of the Partnership Practice Group designing, developing, and rolling out business development training for Asia, Africa, Americas and the Middle East. She was asked to support the City of Iqaluit in its redesign of emergency preparedness and response and participated as an observer on behalf of Canadian Red Cross in Operation Nanook, Canada’s largest emergency response simulation in the Territories.  She was invited to participate as one of three Canadians in a new roll-out of methodology for the Red Cross to evaluate disaster management programs in Africa. 
 
See where Danny Trudeau’s career has taken her since her Global Grant Scholarship by visiting her Linkedin page.
 
 
July 2016