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Willamette Grad Named Rotary "Ambassador"

Lindsay VinesLindsay Vines '03 has been awarded a 2004-05 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. Vines will receive funding to cover round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board and educational supplies for one academic year, up to a maximum of $25,000. A 1999 graduate of Roseburg High, Vines majored in politics and Spanish at Willamette. She plans to study linguistics and philology (historical linguistics) at the Universidad de Granada in Spain. During her time abroad, Lindsay hopes to learn about the effects of culture and society on language and to study the changing political structures of Spain.

At Willamette, Vines participated in numerous student organizations, took weekly ballet and jazz classes and worked part-time at the College of Law. She also volunteered in bilingual classes at a local elementary school and helped at a Latino health clinic for families without health insurance.

Vines is one of more than 1,300 students worldwide to receive a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship this year. Designed to promote international understanding and goodwill, the scholarships give students the opportunity to study in one of the more than 160 countries where Rotary clubs are located. While abroad, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars speak to Rotary clubs and districts, schools and civic organizations and act as "ambassadors of goodwill."

Rotary is currently accepting applications for a 6 month cultural scholarship designed for cultural and language immersion and a two-year masters/certification in world peace and conflict resolution. For more information, contact Richela Grantz, scholarship chair: grantz@peoplepc.com.