- SCHC Student Receives Rotary Global Grant
University of South Carolina senior Leila Heidari has been named as a recipient of the Rotary Global Grant to obtain her Masters in Global Health at Oxford University in Oxford, UK during the 2014-2015 academic year. Heidari is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Five Points in Columbia, South Carolina, which is in Rotary District 7770.
A senior in the South Carolina Honors College, Heidari is pursuing a Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (BARSC) degree in Environmental Health, with a focus on biology, psychology, environmental science, and public health. She holds the Class of 1939 Reunion Fund Carolina Scholarship, is a Palmetto Fellow, and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. Additionally, she received the 2012 Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year Award, and received a Magellan grant to fund her research project "Developing a sustainable after-school gardening program that emphasizes nutrition and environmental education."
Heidari's interest in global health is supported by her numerous campus activities and research experiences. A member of GlobeMed, she is an active leader with both Project Vida and the Honors Council. She has done research with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, as well as with the Center for Excellence in Learning in Education, Science and Technology in Boston. Heidari has worked with Dr. Tim Mousseau's lab to complete the SURF-funded research project "Is radioactive contamination from Fukushima accident increasing genetic damage in animals?" She has also been involved with the Green Learning Community, Carolina Service Council, and the Newman Club. Alongside her studies at Oxford, Heidari hopes to continue working to address the needs of elementary school students by partnering with local elementary schools to establish a gardening and health promotion and education program. Both her studies and her community project fall under the area of disease prevention, one of the Rotary's six areas of focus.
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. Rotary Global Grants are valued at over $30,000, provide nine (9) months of study abroad, and encourage recipients to engage in community service work.
Heidari brings the university's total of Rotary Scholars to 83 since the 1994 establishment of the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (OFSP) which assists students as they prepare applications for national fellowship competitions. To learn more about such competitions and view a complete list of the University's Rotary Scholars, visit www.sc.edu/ofsp.
For more information about applying for the Rotary Global Grant, join OFSP for a Rotary Workshop on Monday, February 3rd at 3:30 p.m. in the Gressette Room of Harper College.
Click here to read more about Leila and her sponsoring Rotary Club.
- Senator Hollings Visits With USC Hollings Scholars To Celebrate His Namesake Program
USC has been home to 13 NOAA-Hollings Scholars since the scholarship program began in 2005. Named after Senator Ernest F. Hollings, who proudly represented South Carolina in the US Senate for 38 years, USC Hollings scholars were honored to celebrate their succes sith Senator Hollings last March. The Hollings Scholarship provides successful undergraduates with awards that include up to $8,000 per year, and a 10 week full time paid internship at a NOAA facility. Eligible sophomores are encouraged to talk with a national fellowships advisor and apply by January 31, 2014 application deadline.
- USC Celebrates 21 Years of Goldwater Scholars
Keeping up a 21 year tradition, USC is proud to announce that two students have been named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars in the 2013 competition cycle. Drew DeLorenzo and Mackenzie Sunday are Scholars, while John Clegg and Francesco Risalvato have been named honorable mentions in this highly competitive pool of 1,107 nationwide applicants. Since 1990, 43 natural science, mathematics, and engineering students have been named Goldwater Scholars at USC.
- Critical Language Scholarship takes Anthropology Major to Morocco
Interested in less commonly studied languages like Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Persian, or Turkish? The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) offers a summer of intensive language study. A 2013 CLS has taken USC junior Lauryn Lehman on the trip of a lifetime to study Arabic language and culture over the summer in Tangier, Morocco.
- USC is 2012-13 Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer
A banner year produced 12 Fulbright Scholars who scattered all over the globe to perform research or teach English, which earned USC the distinction as a 2012-13 Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer. Knowledgeable and zealous faculty support gave a boost to students' applications by way of expert guidance and international connections.
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