Our Club recently received news that Zach Cooper, our nominee for a Rotary International Peace Fellowship, has been awarded this prestigious, extraordinarily competitive fellowship for 2017-2018.  Warm congratulations to Zach on this singular achievement.  Zach will be leaving shortly for study at the University of Bradford in Bradford, England, UK.
Under the direction of fellow Rotarian Bill Wahoff, our Scholarship Committee had the pleasure of shepherding Mr. Cooper’s nomination through the review process which included endorsement by our Club and our District and with recommendations to the selection committee at Rotary InternationaI.  Bill was joined in this successful effort by Rotarians Liz Green and Nelson French who, together with Bill, served as Zach’s interview panel.  Many thanks to Liz and Nelson, and especially Bill for their efforts to advance this young man’s candidacy.
Background: Each year, Rotary International selects up to 50 professionals from around the world to receive fully-funded, Master’s degree-oriented fellowships for study at one of RI’s peace centers.  Fellows pursue academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, prevention and resolution strategies, and complete all requirements for a Master’s degree in peace studies & related fields.  These fellowships – entirely funded by RI – cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding.  Zach Cooper will join the ranks of these fellows among them Zach Garinger, a Columbus Rotary-nominated RI Peace Fellow who studied at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan (2010-2011).