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Hendrix Alumna Receives Rotary International Scholarship

CONWAY, Ark. (June 21, 2019) – Hendrix College alumna Rachel Zweig ’16, a native of Fayetteville, Ark., has been awarded a $30,000 Rotary International Global Grant funded by The Rotary Foundation Mary Doyle Endowed Global Grant Scholarship Fund. This grant represents a partnership between Rotary District 6170 in Arkansas and The Rotary Club of Ede-Kernhern located in Rotary District 1560 in the Netherlands.

Zweig double-majored in chemistry and mathematics at Hendrix, spent a semester studying abroad in Chile, served as co-captain of the varsity women’s soccer team, was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, and was a 2016-17 Fulbright Research Grantee to Spain. After her Fulbright experience, she moved to Morocco, where her immersion in agricultural life there kindled an interest in helping small-scale farmers.

Her Rotary scholarship funds will soon take her to The Netherlands to pursue a master’s degree in the Earth and Environment Program at Wageningen University.

“With the help of the Rotary scholarship, I will be able to build upon several of my long-held interests—sustainability, agriculture, helping others, working in the dirt, entrepreneurship, and learning new cultures and languages—and upon my Hendrix degrees of chemistry and mathematics (via modelling and critical thinking) to study soil chemistry and sustainable agriculture at the best agriculture university in the world,” Zweig said. “And, being a recipient of a Rotary Global Grant will allow me to participate in a global network to help further my and Rotary’s goal of service.”

After she completes her master’s degree, Zweig plans to work with small-scale farmers worldwide, with the aim of improving the productivity and the nutrient value of their crops—goals that may prove particularly crucial in the face of climate change.

About the Rotary Foundation

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit