Rotary District 5950 congratulates Padee Yang on her selection as one of two Global Scholarship recipients, which will allow her to earn her master’s degree in violence, conflict, and development.

Yang graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and minor in anthropology and neuroscience. Since then, she has worked for the United States Peace Corps as a Gender and Development Committee Member and Community Health Specialist in Malawi. During her service, she engaged with influential chiefs, community leaders, and community members to improve the overall health of the community through education, home visits, and health interventions. 

Yang plans to use the $30,000 grant to pursue a master’s degree in London, either at The School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London or the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

“I plan to continue working alongside refugees and other underserved populations, specifically in the field of research and advocacy to bridge the gap between practice and policy,” said Yang. “Furthermore, I plan to ensure the humane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers through the asylum process and assimilation to their new homes and lives.”

Yang plans to use this opportunity to pursue a career in global health and public policy with a focus on gender equity, humanitarian aid, and research. “Ultimately, with this opportunity I will tackle issues of practice and policy in the context of humanitarian aid and international development to address issues of inequality in underserved communities,” Yang said.

Yang is sponsored by the Excelsior Rotary Club and hopes to have the St. Marylebone Rotary Club in London be her Host Rotary Club while she completes her studies.