GRSP Class of 2023-24

GRSP Class of 2023-24 includes 20 males and 22 females from 24 countries. The scholars are sponsored by 93 Rotary Clubs within Georgia and attending 24 public and private colleges/universities throughout the state

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This program is one-of-a-kind. We have been bringing nations together since 1946. The program began with only 4 scholars, and now we are proud to say that we have more than 3,692 alumni from all over the world. The program’s purpose is to broaden the understanding of world peace through people and that is exactly what we’ve done.

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GRSP Conclave Ushers in Class of 2023-24

GRSP Conclave Ushers in Class of 2023-24

Cabaret, featuring songs, skills, humor, national costumes and more, showcased a variety of talent and diversity among the Georgia Rotary Student Program’s Class of 2023-24 in Macon. Directed by Chair Emeritus and GRSP Foundation President Jim and Lynn Drake, the...

GRSP Names Officers, Honors Jones as Trustee Emeritus

GRSP Names Officers, Honors Jones as Trustee Emeritus

Georgia Rotary Student Program named officers and Chair J. Michael Sweigart honored former GRSP Foundation President Joe Jones with a resolution proclaiming him Trustee Emeritus at the 2023 Summer Trustee Business Meeting in Macon Saturday. Jones joined Rotary...

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Having a host Rotarian who welcomes you into their family simply sweetens the experience for Georgia Rotary Student Program scholars, as it has for the pair studying at Kennesaw State University this year.
Tinashe “Tina” Mukuro, 20, is from Zimbabwe and sponsored by the
Rotary Club of Paulding County and the Rotary Club of East Cobb. She enjoys playing tennis, drawing, painting, reading and exploring local attractions, such as local cafés, restaurants and markets. Her goal is to make a positive, sustainable impact through her civil engineering degree. She says she used to struggle with math but right now calculus is her favorite subject. She said her involvement with GRSP has taught her how different people can be from one another but still have important history. She loves spending time with her host Rotarian Aaron Strimban and his family, who she says treats her like part of their own family, which has been amazing for her.
Roosa “Julia” Toytari, 25 of Finland, is sponsored by the Roswell Rotary Club. She credits her host Rotarian Nancy Alterman for showcasing both the state and other states to her during her time with GRSP as well as welcoming her into her home as her own. She said her host mom also taught her to cheer, “Go Dawgs!” Julia received her bachelor of business administration in March of 2023 and is now taking courses to help her career goal of working with a governmental organization such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or with a non-profit association. When the current class was asked who spoke the most languages, they all immediately replied, “Julia!” She speaks four languages and is familiar with a few more.
“Understanding the world around us is essential for everyone,” Julia said. “It is richness to learn from other cultures, customs, and ways of living.”
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Having a host Rotarian who welcomes you into their family simply sweetens the experience for Georgia Rotary Student Program scholars, as it has for the pair studying at Kennesaw State University this year. 
Tinashe “Tina” Mukuro, 20, is from Zimbabwe and sponsored by the 
Rotary Club of Paulding County and the Rotary Club of East Cobb. She enjoys playing tennis, drawing, painting, reading and exploring local attractions, such as local cafés, restaurants and markets. Her goal is to make a positive, sustainable impact through her civil engineering degree. She says she used to struggle with math but right now calculus is her favorite subject. She said her involvement with GRSP has taught her how different people can be from one another but still have important history. She loves spending time with her host Rotarian Aaron Strimban and his family, who she says treats her like part of their own family, which has been amazing for her. 
Roosa “Julia” Toytari, 25 of Finland, is sponsored by the Roswell Rotary Club. She credits her host Rotarian Nancy Alterman for showcasing both the state and other states to her during her time with GRSP as well as welcoming her into her home as her own.  She said her host mom also taught her to cheer, “Go Dawgs!”  Julia received her bachelor of business administration in March of 2023 and is now taking courses to help her career goal of working with a governmental organization such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or with a non-profit association. When the current class was asked who spoke the most languages, they all immediately replied, “Julia!” She speaks four languages and is familiar with a few more. 
 “Understanding the world around us is essential for everyone,” Julia said. “It is richness to learn from other cultures, customs, and ways of living.” 
Rotary District 6900

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Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) honored multiple recipients at the Rotary District 6900 Conference in Jekyll Island in March. Will Pridgeon of the United Kingdom, sponsored by the
Americus Rotary Club, was named the Will Watt Award, which is presented by the Rotary Club of Thomasville, home of GRSP Founder Will Watt. The award is presented to the GRSP scholar designated by the Rotary Club of Pelham from their annual International Student Weekend as emulating the ideals of GRSP and furthering the spirit of unity and accord among nations.
The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs presented the District Level Award in honor of Frank E. Bentley, Sr. GRSP Leadership Award to Debbie Goodman of the Rotary Club of Thomasville. The award honors a District 6900 Rotarian who has displayed outstanding Leadership in the promotion of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Debbie has served for more than 21 years as a leader for GRSP, raising funds for the GRSP Foundation. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has donated over $600,000 to GRSP since records were kept. Debbie led her club’s involvement in raising funds for the Generations of Generosity campaign to recognize GRSP’s 75th anniversary and to fund the GRSP Peace Plaza and William A. Watt Memorial Fountain. Thomasville Club members and friends donated $61,325 of the $161,805 raised. Debbie and husband Wallace, were recognized as platinum donors.
The Roswell Rotary Club named Peace Cyebukayire of Rwanda the Donald and Barbara Thomas Peace Award for exhibiting the spirit of the GRSP. The students share their stories and need for additional financial assistance as part of the scholarship application. Peace, a computer science major at Emory University, will receive a $1,500 scholarship for this award, which will be presented at her sponsoring Rotary Club of Atlanta West End meeting in April.
For advancing “World Peace through Understanding,” the designation from Rotary Club of Griffin honors the clubs with the highest cumulative contributions to the GRSP Foundation in categories 1 to 4. The honor is named in memory of GRSP Fellow Jake Cheatham, a former member of The Rotary Club of Griffin who faithfully served GRSP in leadership as secretary and treasurer for more than 30 years. Winners included Category 1 (1-30 Members)
Muscogee Rotary Columbus, Georgia; Category 2 (31-59 Members)
Camilla Rotary Club;, Category 3 (60-99 Members) Rotary Club of Carrollton and Category 4 (100+ Members) Thomasville.
Two GRSP Scholars, Julia Toytari of Finland, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Roswell, along with Muhammad Abbas of Pakistan, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, took to the stage at Saturday’s brunch for Youth Programs, sharing some of the ways GRSP and Rotary have impacted their lives this year. Keynote Speaker, Past RI President and current Rotary Foundation Trustee Barry Rassin made his way to their GRSP table to meet each student and share a special moment.
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Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) honored multiple recipients at the Rotary District 6900 Conference in Jekyll Island in March. Will Pridgeon of the United Kingdom, sponsored by the 
Americus Rotary Club, was named the Will Watt Award, which is presented by the Rotary Club of Thomasville, home of GRSP Founder Will Watt. The award is presented to the GRSP scholar designated by the Rotary Club of Pelham from their annual International Student Weekend as emulating the ideals of GRSP and furthering the spirit of unity and accord among nations. 
The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs presented the District Level Award in honor of Frank E. Bentley, Sr. GRSP Leadership Award to Debbie Goodman of the Rotary Club of Thomasville. The award honors a District 6900 Rotarian who has displayed outstanding Leadership in the promotion of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Debbie has served for more than 21 years as a leader for GRSP, raising funds for the GRSP Foundation. The Rotary Club of Thomasville has donated over $600,000 to GRSP since records were kept. Debbie led her club’s involvement in raising funds for the Generations of Generosity campaign to recognize GRSP’s 75th anniversary and to fund the GRSP Peace Plaza and William A. Watt Memorial Fountain. Thomasville Club members and friends donated $61,325 of the $161,805 raised. Debbie and husband Wallace, were recognized as platinum donors.
The Roswell Rotary Club named Peace Cyebukayire of Rwanda the Donald and Barbara Thomas Peace Award for exhibiting the spirit of the GRSP. The students share their stories and need for additional financial assistance as part of the scholarship application. Peace, a computer science major at Emory University, will receive a $1,500 scholarship for this award, which will be presented at her sponsoring Rotary Club of Atlanta West End meeting in April.  
For advancing “World Peace through Understanding,” the designation from Rotary Club of Griffin honors the clubs with the highest cumulative contributions to the GRSP Foundation in categories 1 to 4. The honor is named in memory of GRSP Fellow Jake Cheatham, a former member of The Rotary Club of Griffin who faithfully served GRSP in leadership as secretary and treasurer for more than 30 years. Winners included Category 1 (1-30 Members) 
Muscogee Rotary Columbus, Georgia; Category 2 (31-59 Members) 
Camilla Rotary Club;, Category 3 (60-99 Members) Rotary Club of Carrollton and Category 4 (100+ Members) Thomasville. 
Two GRSP Scholars, Julia Toytari of Finland, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Roswell, along with Muhammad Abbas of Pakistan, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, took to the stage at Saturday’s brunch for Youth Programs, sharing some of the ways GRSP and Rotary have impacted their lives this year. Keynote Speaker, Past RI President and current Rotary Foundation Trustee Barry Rassin made his way to their GRSP table to meet each student and share a special moment. 
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Congratulations Will! Fellow Will Watt Award winner here.

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Being a part of the Georgia Rotary Student Program has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. This program has afforded me the opportunity to forge lasting friendships with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. This, perhaps, is the greatest gift that one can hope to get for it allows us to see through differences across cultures and instead find similarities between one another. I feel that such fellowship across participants, both students and host families, is what made this program such an enriching experience for me.

Ali Shaaban Shahid
Pakistan
GRSP 2013-14

Since 1946, Rotarians in Georgia, USA, have promoted world peace through understanding by offering ambassadorial scholarships to international students for one year cultural immersion and of study in Georgia colleges and universities.

Each year, students from all over the world make friends in the United States and other nations and learn about differing cultures and lifestyles. Georgia Rotarians believe “Peace is Possible” and through GRSP promote international goodwill through friendship and understanding.

The students become adopted members of a Georgia “host family,” living on-campus at the school they attend. This is an ambassadorial scholarship program, not an exchange!

Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students recommended by a Rotary Club in their home country.