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Rotary scholars Marin Mueller (left) and Karly Marie Miller
Rotary scholars Marin Mueller (left) and Karly Marie Miller.

Two awarded Rotary scholarships

University of South Carolina student Marin Mueller of Plano, Texas, and alumna Karly Marie Miller of Cincinnati, have each been awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Academic Year Scholarship for 2010 – 11.

Mueller, who will graduate in 2012 from South Carolina Honors College, is pursuing a double major in marketing and economics at the Darla Moore School of Business. She will use her scholarship to study in South Africa.

A May 2009 graduate of South Carolina Honors College, Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in marine science and is a research assistant for Dr. Kirstin Dow in Carolina’s geography department. She will study in Peru.

Mueller and Miller were sponsored by Rotary clubs in Rotary District 7770. Their awards bring the university’s total of Rotary scholars to 79 since the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs was established in 1994.

Rotary is the world's largest privately funded international scholarship program whose scholars further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas by encouraging person-to-person diplomacy. Academic-year scholarships, valued at $25,000, provide nine months of study abroad for students studying disciplines that address humanitarian needs, including disease prevention and treatment, maternal and child health and economic and community development.

Mueller, the daughter of Roger and Phyllis Mueller, is a graduate of West Plano Senior High School.

She is a McNair scholar, a Lieber scholar and National Merit finalist. Vice president of the university’s Honors Council, Mueller is the active district officer for Omega Phi Alpha service sorority, co-president of the Roosevelt Institute and a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law society. Mueller, sponsored by the Columbia Rotary Club, will use her Rotary scholarship between her junior and senior years to study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal - Howard College Campus in Durban, South Africa.

Miller, the daughter of Karen M. Whitney and Bill Miller, is a graduate of Turpin High School in Cincinnati. A National Geographic scuba instructor for Columbia Scuba, Miller is the coordinator for an afterschool program, Science Quest, and is a tutor, outdoor educator and substitute teacher at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. A recipient of the prestigious McNair Scholarship, Miller also received the Ocean Pals Scholarship and the S.C. Garden Club Babs Bernette & Hessie T. Morrah scholarships.

As an undergraduate, she was involved with SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Science) and SAGE (Students Allied for a Greener Earth). She also received the S.C. Wildlife Federation Conservation Education Award.

Mueller, who was sponsored by the Lexington Rotary Club, will study at the Universidad Pontificia Catolica del Peru in Lima.

Rotary candidates were supported by the university’s Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. To learn more about national fellowships and competitions and view a complete list of the university’s Rotary scholars, visit

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 01/04/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 01/06/10 @ 11:48 AM | Permalink

Rotary International Ambassadorial Academic Year Scholarship

  • What: $25,000 awards provide nine months of study abroad.
  • Who: Carolina recipients are Marin Mueller of Plano, Texas, and alumna Karly Marie Miller of Cincinnati.

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