2019-20 Scholar Alexandra Starry
District 6580 selected Alexandra “Alex” Starry of Bloomington for its 2019-20 Global Grant Scholarship. The $40,000 helped fund Alex’s pursuit of a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany. Alex was endorsed by the Bloomington Sunrise Rotary Club and chosen by a team of 10 Rotarians from clubs throughout the district. Scholars must present a plan of study and a career commitment that align with one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. Alex’s area of focus was “Economic and Community Development.”
Alex has an impressive record of service to others. At Bloomington High School North, where she competed four years on the varsity swim team, she was a lead organizer for “Hoosiers Outrun Cancer.” As an undergraduate student at IU, Alex volunteered at “Pages to Prisoners” where she gave inmates an opportunity to express their artistic talents. At the Crestmont Boys & Girls Club, she worked as a volunteer, helping students with homework and with forming relationships. Alex also was accepted into IU’s “Washington Leadership Program,” and she interned for then Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for a semester. After receiving a B.S. in Public Financial Management from IU in 2014, Alex served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Southern Africa where she worked on education, health and economic projects to combat the rising number of HIV/AIDS cases in youth.
During her year as a Rotary global scholar, Alex was hosted by the Rotary Club of Berlin-Gedächtniskirche. The prior summer Alex interned at the U.S. Embassy in Rome where, among other things, she focused on emergency food assistance and on financing for rural development projects. After graduating from Hertie, Alex plans to gain more experience in non-governmental organization management, continuing to work on community projects in developing countries. Alex, who speaks German and Sesotho, also wants to work with foreign governments on policy issues that would improve the lives of every citizen no matter how small or poor the country may be.