Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 6, 2000

Whitworth Graduate Awarded Prestigious Rotary Scholarship

Andrew Rock, a 1999 graduate of Whitworth College, was recently awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship from the Rotary District 5030. The $23,000 scholarship will fund one year of graduate-level study for Rock at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Rock, a 3.9 history major from Shoreline, Wash., applied for the scholarship and was selected to be interviewed by the Lake City Rotary Club in Lake City, Wash. He and 29 other applicants were chosen as finalists and were interviewed by a panel of Rotary members from the Rotary District 5030, which consists of Rotary clubs from the greater metropolitan Seattle area.

Four of the 30 finalists were chosen to receive Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships, which fund one year of graduate-level study. Rock, who received the highest scholarship nomination, was appointed a United States Rotary Ambassador to Ireland. His responsibilities will be to develop relationships with the Irish while earning a master's degree in philosophy. While studying at Dublin's Trinity College, Rock plans to specialize in intellectual and religious history of the 16th - 18th centuries.

"The scholarship is a huge opportunity for my wife and me," Rock says. "It will help me achieve my goal to earn a doctorate, and it gives us an opportunity to establish relationships with people whom we ordinarily wouldn't have the chance to meet."

Rock and his wife, Whitworth graduate April Retz, will begin their adventure in Ireland in September 2000. After completing his studies at Trinity College, Rock plans to earn a master's of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and then a doctoral degree. His long-term goal is to teach history and religion at a small, private college.

Contacts:

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729.

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