A 2016 Hendrix College graduate was recently awarded a $30,000 Rotary International Global Grant.
Fayetteville native Rachel Zweig will be using the gift – from the Rotary Foundation Mary Doyle Endowed Global Grant Scholarship Fund representing a partnership between Rotary District 6170 in Arkansas and the Rotary Club of Ede-Kernhern located in Rotary District 1560 in the Netherlands – for the Earth and environment graduate program.
At Hendrix, Zweig double-majored in chemistry and mathematics, taking a semester to study abroad in Chile. She also served as a co-captain on the varsity women’s soccer team, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was a 2016-17 Fulbright Research Grantee to Spain, where, after, she moved to Morocco.
“Her immersion in agricultural life there kindled an interest in helping small-scale farmers,” a news release from the college states.
Zweig said with the scholarship, she will be able to build on several long-held interests including sustainability, agriculture, helping others, working in the dirt, entrepreneurship and learning new cultures and languages and through her earned degrees she will be able to study soil chemistry and sustainable agriculture at the “best agriculture university in the world.”
“Being a recipient of a Rotary Global Grant will allow me to participate in a global network to help further my and Rotary’s goal of service,” she said.
Zweig plans to work with small-scale farmers worldwide after she completes her master’s degree, with goals to help improve the “productivity and the nutrient value” of the crops, which may “prove particularly crucial in the face of climate change.”
Claudia Courtway, assistant director of international programs at Hendrix, said seeing Zweig’s growth as a student at the college and since, has been “amazing.”
“She took full advantage of international travel opportunities as a student, which led to her Fulbright and other paths for exploring her areas of interest,” she said. “Students like Rachel demonstrate the value and impact of a strong liberal arts education.”