In April, the Rotary Foundation awarded a Global Grant Scholarship to Michael Matthiesen, who will spend a year studying at the University College of London. This prestigious grant was sponsored by Rotary District 6990 and matched 100% by the World Fund for a total of $30,000.
The Global Grant Scholarship has been awarded to Michael Matthiesen who has served as an AmeriCorps VSITA for Miami Dade College’s Single Stop since graduating from the University of Miami with his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International studies.
Through its Global Grant Scholarship program, the Rotary Foundation has offered an opportunity for graduate students like Michael to study abroad in one of six focus areas: Peace and Conflict Prevention/ Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; and Economic and Community Development. The scholarship ranges from one to four years and, therefore, can support a student’s entire graduate program.
Michael’s job at Single Stop has been to reduce poverty in the Greater Miami area by helping make sure that the 46% of MDC students living below the poverty line have the resources they need to graduate.
Michael has earned the President’s Call to Service Award as well as the President’s Volunteer Service Award Gold Level. Being an AmeriCorps VISTA has been Michael’s most rewarding experience to date. Michael is currently earning his M.S.Ed in Community and Social Change at the University of Miami, and interning for Miami Dade College, Kendall’s Community College Initiative. Michael also hosts the talk show RadioActive on WVUM 90.5 FM.
As a Global Grant scholar for District 6990, Michael will attend University College London and pursue a MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics of Health. Concentrating on Rotary’s Disease Prevention and treatment focus, Michael will be studying how the United Kingdom has successfully introduced cheap, shrewd, and effective behavioral economic policies that have reduced teen pregnancy, sodium intake, and improved community well-being.
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