Five Georgia Students Selected to Represent GRSP at University of Oslo

Georgia Rotary Student Program Chair Bert Guy announced a total of five college students from Georgia have been selected as recipients to represent Districts 6900, 6910 and 6920 with scholarships offered by the Rotarians of Oslo, Norway for the International Summer School at the University of Oslo.

Recipients include Sarah Grace Thompson of Peachtree City and Nicole Emily Kincaid of Columbus will represent District 6900 with the endorsement of GRSP 6900 District Chair Ian Bond and his scholarship committee. Camille Lagin Calkins of Gainesville and Morgan Ashley Suzanne Parker of Social Circle will represent District 6910 with the endorsement of GRSP 6910 District Chair James McCoy and his scholarship committee. Emily Flemming Rogers of Augusta will represent District 6920 with the endorsement of GRSP 6920 District Chair Rob Kellner and his scholarship committee.

The six-week program from June 27 to August 5, 2022 includes air fares from Atlanta-Oslo and return to Atlanta, a field tour to Bergen (administered by the University of Oslo), room, board, 12-credit hours of undergraduate coursework, administrative fees at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo plus visiting for one week with Norwegian Rotary host families. The recipients of the scholarships must pay their travel expense to and from Atlanta airport, plus provide their own personal spending money.

Thompson is a student at Berry College in Rome, Ga., and Kincaid attends Columbus State University. Thompson said her college experience has encouraged her to balance work, academics and her social life. She is the daughter of Richard and Jennifer Thompson. Her father is a member of the Rotary Club of Peachtree City.

In a letter of recommendation for Thompson from the HackBerry Lab Director Zane Cochran wrote, “One of her greatest qualities is her ability to connect personally with the students she helps and is able to teach difficult concepts by leading students on a pathway of discovery, rather than just telling them answers.”

Kincaid stated her desire to study foreign languages as well as political science and economics sparked her desire to apply for the international scholarship. She is the daughter of Kent Kincaid and Melody Johnson and recommended by Rotarian Eric Spears of The Rotary Club of Columbus.

In a letter of recommendation for Kincaid, Coordinator of International Education at CSU Brooke Quarterman wrote, “Ms. Kincaid’s various community service involvement includes participating in Columbus State University’s Day of Service, caring for the animals of PAWS Humane, and providing her expertise and attention to Solid Rock Church’s Nursery. While her commitment to her church and community are evident, she doesn’t let it get in the way of her academic achievements. Having been on both the President’s and Dean’s list, it’s no surprise that Ms. Kincaid is part of Honoris Causa, Columbus State University’s very own Society for Honors Scholars. All while pursuing these educational and co-curricular opportunities Ms. Kincaid found the time to work as a Public Policy Research Assistant and at Chipotle in preparation for an opportunity to study abroad.”

Calkins is a student at Wake Forest University and Parker attends the University of North Georgia.

Calkins described herself as committed to community service, having volunteered at her campus kitchen to decrease food insecurity as well as helping Project Pumpkin raise funds for a reading program. She is the daughter of Thomas and Maria Calkins. Her father is a member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville.

Parker declared her passion for art, history and science compelled her to apply for the international scholarship. She is the daughter of Christopher and Michelle Parker. Her father is a member of The Rotary Club of Social Circle.

In a letter of recommendation for Parker, Senior Lecturer of Political Science at UNG Maria J. Albo wrote, “The OSLO scholarship would be a wonderful opportunity for Morgan to travel and take classes in Norway next summer. Several of the courses in the program, specifically Politics, Culture and Society, and International Relations will be very beneficial her academic coursework. I am confident that her prior coursework at UNG has prepared her for this endeavor and she will well represent the department of Political Science & International Affairs.”

Georgia Rotary Student Program Chair Bert Guy announced Emily Flemming Rogers of Augusta as one of five college students from Georgia selected as recipients to represent GRSP with scholarships offered by the Rotarians of Oslo, Norway for the International Summer School at the University of Oslo.

Rogers is on track to graduate early from The University of Georgia and received an endorsement for the Oslo scholarship from District 6920 Governor Ed Presnell. She is the daughter of Angela and Jerry Rogers and her father is a past president for the Rotary Club of Augusta. The Rogers family hosted a GRSP student from Sweden in 2008 and have maintained friendships with their student and established others with Rotarians around the world.

In a letter of recommendation, Dr. James L. Shelton, associate professor for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources for UGA stated, “Emily possesses the valuable combination of intelligence and good common sense. As a result, she has excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently without significant oversight. She is not one to stand around and wait, but rather will take the initiative in accomplishing tasks, both large and small.

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