How a Rotary Scholarship to Ireland changed my life

By Rotary International

Dave Revsine

Dave Revsine

By Dave Revsine, former Rotary Scholar and studio host for the Big Ten Network, adapted from a presentation to the Rotary Club of Deerfield, Illinois, USA

A year in Ireland as a Rotary Scholar changed my life. It is something I still think about every day. It altered my life trajectory, and allowed me to see the world in a different way.

I was entering my senior year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and trying to figure out what to do with my life, when a good friend of my dad’s, a professor at Rice University, set up a lunch to talk about my career aspirations. As a history major, I had good grades, was starting an LSAT review course, and figured I’d probably end up going to law school. But I wasn’t excited about it.

Through a series of questions, he learned I had a desire to study abroad, though I had never wanted to miss a year on campus. He let me know I could still qualify for what was then called a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.

It sounded like an incredible opportunity, so I called my high school principal who was active with the Northbrook Rotary Club, got an …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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