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MHC Graduate is Recipient of Prestigious Scholarship from Rotary
Tina Rathburn, a 2011 graduate of Mars Hill College, was back in the area for her holiday break from the University for Peace in Costa Rica where she has been pursuing a masters’ degree with the help of a $25,000 scholarship which she was awarded by Rotary International. (She’s pictured here with MHC President Dan Lunsford (left) and Rotary Club of Madison County President Larry Peek.)
Tina was nominated for consideration by the Rotary Club of Madison County to go through the rigorous selection process last year. With her impressive resume of community service and top academic scores, Tina was one of two students chosen from the western North Carolina district to be part of the Ambassadorial Scholar program. As part of the requirements for receiving the scholarship to study overseas, Tina agreed to serve as an ambassador to represent the ideals of Rotary and become involved with humanitarian programs in the country where she is studying. While there, Tina also has been making presentations to groups about Rotary and participating in Rotary events.
The overall goal of the program is to encourage scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home community. While in the program, the scholars are made aware of cultural differences and learn to become leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community.