Sweezy ’19 Awarded Rotary Scholarship to Study at Oxford
Oct. 3, 2019
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Alani Sweezy ’19 is the recipient of a Global Grant Scholarship
from the Rotary Foundation to pursue a Master of Philosophy this fall at the University
of Oxford, United Kingdom.
The Rotary Foundation funds graduate-level scholarships in countries outside the United
States, and sustainable, measurable and needs-based community service projects to
be completed during a student’s scholarship period, both of which must be related
to one or more of the foundation’s Six Areas of Focus. The $30,000 scholarship covers airfare, tuition and living expenses.
Sweezy was nominated for the scholarship by the Rotary District 6490 Scholarship Committee,
which successfully nominated Shannon Maloney ’18 for a Global Grant in 2018. Maloney’s award allowed her to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy
in psychiatry at Oxford.
Sweezy, a philosophy and political science double-major, previously studied at the
University of Oxford, spending a year at Pembroke College as a visiting student through
the Pembroke Program.
The Pembroke Program accepts 40 visiting students annually from only 13 U.S. colleges and universities
and has been extending acceptance to IWU students since 1996. Students accepted are
challenged in the traditional English tutorial system, where students are expected
to be independently motivated in their studies.
As Class of 2019 President, Sweezy shared a sentiment at Commencement in May 2019
on graduating: “Since we were little, we were often told that we were the leaders
of tomorrow, that we would be able to change the world. As we graduate today, we can
no longer say that we’ll do it tomorrow or help make changes in the future. We must
begin to do it today.”