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Alexandra Bader
Global Grant Scholar 2013-14


My name is Alexandra Bader and I am honored to be the Rotary Global Grant Scholar of 2013-2014 for District 5960 (southeastern and central Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin).  Thanks to the Rotary Foundation, this fall I will pursue a Master’s Degree in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.  I will be hosted by District 2350, the Stockholm-Kungsholmen club during my stay.

I am very much looking forward to living in Stockholm, being a Rotary ambassador, and studying at Karolinska. It is hard to imagine how different my life will be in three months and I have a lot to do in the meantime!

Interestingly, tonight I saw my friend Joshua Schukman, who was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Peru in 2008-2009. Josh introduced me to the Rotary Club and was a helpful resource throughout the application process and continues to be as I prepare to depart for Sweden. He had some helpful hints about travel and being a successful ambassador.  Josh suggested that I bring a handful of our district’s flags so that when I present to different Rotary Clubs in Sweden I can give them a flag from our district. What a neat memento!  I am already impressed by the Rotary Foundation’s tangible efforts to build relationships and promote goodwill. After I interviewed with the Rotary Club, the current District Governor, Joe Kovarik, gave me a Rotary coin. It has the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self” on one side and on the other it has the Four-Way Test engraved:

Of the things we think, say, or do:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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I am very pleased to become a Rotarian and I am excited for the outgoing ambassador orientation in July.  It will be invaluable to have a network of people in Sweden with whom I share a common bond.