The Rotary Foundation has named two new Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholars at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, first-year students John Mensah and Izehi Oriaghan.
Each student is the recipient of a $45,000 scholarship that can be used to cover academic, personal, and travel costs associated with the Clinton School program.
A graduate of the University of Cape Coast with a degree in social sciences, Mensah worked as an assistant field officer with the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Protection. As a volunteer, he was as a liaison with the District Social Development Officers (DSDOs) helping to get low-income people enrolled onto social intervention plans in rural communities. Mensah’s public service interests include international politics, poverty reduction, and economic and community development.
Oriaghan is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University with a degree in international relations. Her work experience includes time as Senior Administrative Officer at the Lagos Waste Management Authority under the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment. Oriaghan also spent time volunteering as a development knowledge facilitator on the Millennium Development Goals Community Advocacy Project. Her public service interests include international development, international economics, and environmental politics.
“We are most grateful to Rotary for again awarding these prestigious scholarships to two outstanding Clinton School students,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “We also very much appreciate the work of Dr. Bob Warner of Jonesboro and others who are strong advocates of higher education.”
Mensah and Oriaghan join current students Darlynton Adegor (Delta, Nigeria) and Vinay Raj (Chennai, India) and graduates Demas Soliman (Alexandria, Egypt) and Arjola Limani (Tirana, Albania) as Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholars from the Clinton School.
The grant sponsor is Rotary District 6150, that includes parts of central and northeast Arkansas, and District Governor Nancy Leonhardt in cooperation with 12 Rotary Districts in the United States.
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