Heagen nominated for Rotary scholarship
July 25, 2008

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Jandi HeagenJandi Heagen, a sophomore Communication Studies/Politics and Government major at Bryan College, has been nominated by Rotary Clubs District 6780 to receive a Rotary Cultural Scholarship Grant from Rotary International.


The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, which include the Cultural Scholarship Grant program, had provided international studies opportunities for nearly 38,000 students since 1947. Students serve as goodwill ambassadors to their host countries and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. On returning home, they share their experiences with Rotarians and other groups.


Jandi, from Zanesville, Ohio, hopes to study in Ecuador, but the country assignment will be made by the Rotary Foundation. She said she is not proficient in Spanish, but has had some classes in the language. “One of the goals of the scholarship is to become proficient in the host country’s language,” she said.


She has been recommended for the award following a selection process that involved the Dayton club and Rotary District 6780, which covers East and part of Middle Tennessee. She is the first student sponsored by the Dayton club to be recommended for this scholarship.


Margie Legg, club sponsor for Jandi, said, “A committee from the Dayton club reviewed applications and agreed that Jandi’s gifts and abilities made her an excellent fit with Rotary’s ‘Service Above Self’ motto.”


Following the local selection, her nomination was forwarded to the district level, where she interviewed with a committee in June. The district committee recently forwarded her nomination to Rotary International, which is expected to announce country assignments late this year.


Jandi said she will spend the coming year securing her passport and completing the necessary paperwork for an international educational experience, including applying to a college where she will study during the three- to six-month program. She plans to be in her host country for the fall semester of 2009.


In addition to her studies, she expects to work with local Rotary clubs on service projects, and hopes to teach English in an orphanage.


The possibility of living and studying in Latin America is exciting for Jandi because “I’ve always been interested in Latin America.”


She said her parents are excited for her, although her mother is “a little apprehensive about my going to a new place where I’m not fluent in the language. But they are really supportive.


Bryan President Stephen Livesay said he is pleased with Jandi’s selection. “She is an outstanding student who will represent Bryan College, the Dayton Rotary Club and our Lord well.”