February-March 2023 | Features

Graduating over the pond

Graduating over the pond

James Brown is just one of many scholars that The Rotary Foundation has invested in over the years. Find out the journey he has taken with Rotary’s help.

Rotary scholars don’t only arrive in Great Britain and Ireland from abroad to study in these isles with the benefit of a Global Grant – the relationship is two-way. Students are also able to take advantage of the scheme to study abroad.

One of those is James E. Brown from Denton in Greater Manchester who arrived at the University of Michigan in August 2021 as a Global Grant Scholar.

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James was sponsored by the Tameside Rotary Club and funded by District Designated Fund from District 1285 (north-west England).

James was hosted by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor where he thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to pursue his Master of Law (LLM) degree at the University of Michigan Law School. He had already completed his Bachelor of Law in this country.

The prestigious Law School graduation was last May at Hill Auditorium, Michigan.

James Brown at his graduation ceremony.

James is interested in human rights and refugee affairs. He was impressed with the many international scholars that taught classes at the University of Michigan Law School. James has been offered an internship with the United Nations in Geneva this summer. In the Autumn of 2022, he began studying in a postgraduate programme at the London School of Economics.

Tameside Rotarians Peter Holden, who was club secretary, and Foundation chairman, Cliff Hall, had the pleasure to spend time with James before he headed to Michigan. They were impressed to hear first-hand the excellent opportunities provided by the Rotary International Global Grant programme.

Cliff Hall said: “James is a fine young man with a bright future ahead of him.

“It was our privilege to sponsor such a worthy and talented young man, and Tameside Rotary wishes James all the best for the future.”

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