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Guliver Rojas '11 Earns Ambassadorial Scholarship

Guliver Rojas '11 Earns Ambassadorial Scholarship

Guliver Aladin Rojas-Navarro of Cajamarca, Peru who graduated this month with his BA in Psychology from Holy Cross College has been awarded the prestigious Ambassadorial Scholarship from Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, founded in 1947, selects scholars to study abroad and spread goodwill and understanding.

While Ambassadorial Scholars are most frequently chosen from America's top universities, this is the first such award for a Holy Cross College graduate. "This is an outstanding vote of confidence for a BA program that is only six years old," said college President Br. John R. Paige, C.S.C., Ph.D.

According to the Chair of the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee on the South Bend Rotary Club, Betty Tonsing, Ph.D., "The South Bend Club is proud to be sponsoring Gulliver. His life experience, outstanding educational achievements, and application proved that he is exactly the kind of scholar this program was designed to benefit."

Today the Ambassadorial Scholarship is one of the world's largest privately funded international scholarships programs. In 2010-11 nearly 500 scholars from some 50 countries studied in more than 60 nations, at a program cost of approximately US$12.5 million. Through grants totaling approximately US$16.2 million, recipients from about 70 countries studied in more than 80 nations. Famous alumni of the Ambassadorial Scholarship include U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Jr., former NPR Host, journalist and Goucher College President, Sanford Ungar, and Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert.

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of $27,000 for one academic year of study in another country. These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies.