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Colin Wallace '17 Awarded Rotary District 7570 Skelton/Jones Scholarship

Colin Wallace, from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, a senior at Washington and Lee University, has been awarded the Rotary District 7570 Skelton/Jones Scholarship, previously the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship.

The scholarship provides $30,000 to fund one year of post-baccalaureate study at a university outside the U.S. Wallace has applied to the University of Sydney’s Master of Development Studies program.

“I am honored to have been selected for this scholarship,” said Wallace. “I will be working towards my masters of development studies, where I plan to focus on barriers to education, the inextricable link those barriers have on employment opportunities, and the ultimate impact they have on the economic grown of communities.”

A global politics major and poverty and human capabilities minor, Wallace was a development intern for Sister Cities International, an NGO located in Washington, D.C., and through the Shepherd Internship Program, she interned for Jubilee Jobs, also an NGO in Washington.

She was a communications consultant for NISAA Institute of Women’s Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, and worked in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Senator Tim Scott. She has done international volunteer work in New Delhi; Surin, Thailand; Moshi, Tanzania; Tamarindo, Costa Rica; Managua, Nicaragua; and Mandeville, Jamaica.

Wallace has served as a pre-orientation trip leader for first-years and as the philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

“In recent years, Colin has had the good fortune to travel far and wide, and she has consistently put her travel time to good use,” said Seth Cantey, assistant professor of politics at W&L.  “She’s helped to build houses and schools, taught English, raised money for students without access to quality education, and much more.

“This Rotary Scholarship will enable her to continue her important work abroad, adding to her already significant global perspective and complementing her college work in global politics and poverty studies at Washington and Lee. Colin is a strong student and a remarkable young woman. I have no doubt she will be an excellent representative of Rotary and W&L.”