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From left, Loren "Doc" Gauthier and St. Lawrence Admissions Senior Clerk Beverly Gauthier, of Canton, parents of Katie Gauthier '04; Peter Bashaw, of Massena, incoming governor, Rotary District 7040; Edmund Lanthier, of Ottawa, outgoing district governor; Coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership Brooke James '06, with her mother, Kim James; and Rene-Paul Forier, incoming Canton Rotary Club president. (Photo courtesy of Susan Mende and The St. Lawrence Plaindealer)

Two students nominated by the Canton Rotary Club for prestigious Ambassadorial Scholarships were awarded them and both are graduates of St. Lawrence University. Only three were awarded in the entire region, and it is highly unusual for two to be awarded from the same club.

Katie Gauthier '04, of Canton, and Brooke James '06, coordinator of student activities and leadership at St. Lawrence, were awarded the $24,000 scholarships, which fund international travel and study. The awards were celebrated at a recent Rotary Club meeting in Canton; Gauthier, studying towards a master's degree in international studies at the University of Oregon, was unable to attend, but sent thanks.

According to Rotary International, "The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country."

Host countries for ambassadors are chosen by the Rotary Foundation, but James says her "top choices" are South Africa and Barbardos. She plans to study for a master's degree in culture and heritage tourism in 2009-2010. Gauthier indicates that her top picks are in Egypt and Uganda.

More: Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Posted: June 17, 2008

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