Posted by Nancy Van Pelt

Peace a Reality

D5495 Rotarians spread the word about Rotary Peace Fellowships. 

Now two candidates have been endorsed by our District!


We are pleased to announce that two applicants for Rotary Peace Fellowships were recently interviewed and approved for endorsement by our Peace Fellowship Subcommittee. The next steps for these amazing individuals will be a thorough review process by Rotary Peace Centers, which typically receives more than 1,000 applications each year for 130 fellowships.  We wish our two outstanding candidates every success in their ongoing efforts to do good in the world.  Both are bright, young, vibrant examples of Service Above Self.


Diana Grote learned of the fellowship through a social connection to a member of the PhoenixRotary 100 Club.  She completed an online ‘qualifying’ process and received Peace Centersapproval to proceed with an application.  Dianahas had experience in Swaziland, Belgium, and Kenya, and has taught teachers inEthiopiathrough the Peace Corps. She was supported through the online application process by the PhoenixRotary 100 Club.  If Diana is granted a Peace Fellowship, she will be applying to the University of Queensland.


Tetiana Shymanchuk, who lives within 10K of the Russian/Ukrainian conflict line, learned of the fellowship from a work colleague in Ukraine whose parents are members of the Sun City/Sun City Satellite Club.  Since the invasion in 2014, Tetiana has worked tirelessly with the Danish Refugee Council to provide educational, economical, and human needs assistance related to resettlement of displaced persons in her own country. If she is granted a Peace Fellowship, she will be applying to Duke/UNC. Tetiana was assigned to our District for an Endorsement Interview and was supported through the online application process by the Sun City/Sun City Satellite Club.



Since the Rotary Peace Centers program was established in 2002, over 1300 Peace Fellows have been applying their varied expertise in more than 115 countries.  Each year the program trains some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. The fellowship offers the choice of a two-year master's degree program or a year-long professional certificate program at Rotary's partner universities.  


Next year’s Peace Fellowship application period will open in early February.  NOW is the time to be thinking about a how you can get the word out to your own contacts.  You may not personally know a candidate, but someone in your own network might know the perfect future Rotary Peace Fellow!