Issue date: 11 January 2002

Rebecca Brown, an ex-Bristol Business School student, has won a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship which will enable her to continue her studies in New Zealand. Rebecca graduated with a 1st class honours in Business Studies with Tourism in 1998 and has since been working for the Bristol Tourism and Conference Bureau as a Marketing Executive responsible for publications. Rebecca will use the £15,000 scholarship to fund travel, fees and some living expenses to go to Otago University, Dunedin in the South Island to work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management.

Rebecca saw an advertisement placed by Wimborne Rotary Club in her local paper, Minster Press, and decided to apply. Her achievement is very significant as there were several hundred applications throughout the district. She said, “This scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for me to travel and gain a new qualification at the same time as meeting some great people. I have won the Rotary 1100 District Scholarship which covers East Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire, the Isle of White and the Channel Islands. The aim of the scholarship is to promote world peace and international understanding by creating a personal relationship between sponsor and host Rotary Clubs. Part of my scholarship responsibility will be to get involved with fundraising work and to promote the activities of Rotary through giving presentations, which will be organised by my host Rotary Club, Dunedin South.

“When I return from New Zealand I would hope at some point to use my experience towards gaining a Masters qualification. I’m very much looking forward to going to New Zealand if not a little apprehensive but I’m sure it will turn out to be a fantastic year.”

David Bruce, Bristol Business School, was Rebecca’s referee for her application for the scholarship. He said, “This scholarship is very well deserved and I feel sure that Rebecca will be a great ambassador for Rotary. Rebecca was an excellent student who has gone on to work in a role closely related to her area of study.”


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