Elon University/Today at Elon/Allison Potter ’22 Receives Rotary Global Grant for Graduate Study Abroad
Potter, a double major in public health studies and policy studies, will pursue her masters at the London School of Economics next year.
Allison Potter ’22 has been awarded the Rotary Global Grant, a prestigious award that will support her in her Masters studies at the London School of Economics after graduating from Elon in May. Potter was awarded the Rotary Club 7690 Piedmont District Scholarship.
“This opportunity will help me grow in humility and cultural independence as I navigate life and learning through differences,” Potter said. “Leaving Elon, moving overseas and pursuing higher education won’t be easy, however, it will be an amazing adventure and will prepare me well for the future,” said Potter, a double major in public health studies and political studies.
A Periclean Fellow in the Class of 2022 and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Kappa Omicron Nu honor societies, Potter hopes to work in global health consulting on program monitoring and evaluation or in refugee resettlement before pursuing her PhD. and work in an academic setting.
“I am extremely grateful for this award and the dedicated members of the Rotary Club of District 7690 who will help me complete my Masters in London where I can pursue a global education that matches my global career goals,” said Potter.
Her passion for maternal and child health was forged during a public health internship at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India. Observing the work of local villagers caring for women during and after pregnancy while learning about the needs of women and children in low- and middle-income countries had a profound effect on Potter.
“I learned the importance of creating interventions for public health issues through a strengths-based and culturally responsible approach, grounded in conversation with community members, which I will use throughout my career. career,” she said.
The Rotary Global Grant isn’t the only highly selective postgraduate scholarship Potter has won; she recently learned that she had been selected to teach English in Nepal under the Fulbright US Student Program.
With public health lecturer Amanda Tapler and professor of public health and social service studies Cynthia Fair as mentors, Potter spent time as an intern for the refugee resettlement program at Lutheran Family Services in summer 2020 and with Bright Minds Africa in summer 2021.
Potter thanks both departments of her major as well as the Office of National and International Scholarships for helping her prepare for this “once in a lifetime” opportunity.
“Being surrounded by my classmates and teachers from around the world at LSE will push me to think about maternal and child health in ways I have never done before and provide incredible insight for my future career,” Potter said.
Faith Leslie ’21 was the Rotary Global Grant recipient from Rotary District 7690 last year. District 7690’s $30,000 grant is only awarded to one student per year studying in Rotary’s seven areas of focus: peacebuilding; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; community economic development; and environment.
Winners of this competitive scholarship cannot study at universities located in the United States and should blog about their experience, speak with Rotary clubs in the United States and in their country of study, and, if possible, attend the annual regional convention of their host Rotary club. .
To learn more about the Rotary Global Scholarship, the U.S. Fulbright Student Program, and other nationally competitive awards, visit the National and International Scholarships website.