District Names Global Scholar

Briana Acosta has been selected as the District’s 2017-18 Global Scholar and will begin her studies, in September, at the Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology in Chiapas, Mexico. Briana was sponsored by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club. Five additional candidates vying for the one scholarship were sponsored by the East Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Clubs. This year the slate of candidates was exceptionally well qualified and all participating clubs are commended for their efforts in the selection process.

Briana was recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duke University with a double major in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health. Her goal at the Center for Research is to pursue graduate studies within The Rotary Foundation’s focus of Disease Prevention and Treatment. Her studies and research will focus primarily on the prevention of HIV/AIDs and other sexually transmitted infections among the migrant indigenous female youth of Mexico. Her ultimate goal is a Master’s Degree in Public Health and eventually a doctorate in that area.

In addition to her academic preparation Briana has completed field experiences in Kenya, in Chile and in Costa Rica. She has an advanced level in Spanish in both written and spoken proficiency.

In one of recommendations, the writer is quoted, “She is a wonderfully prepared and positioned to make the most of this extraordinary opportunity. She has both the intellectual firepower and the personal grace and charm to do it well”.

Clubs are encouraged to invite Briana to your club events to celebrate her selection as our scholar. She can be reached at briana.acosta321@gmail.com.

We wish Briana a successful year.

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