District 5470’s 2020/2021 Global Grant Scholar is Sarah Harper-Johnston.  She initially became involved with Rotary almost ten years ago. Sarah hails from Crested Butte, Colorado. She was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student for her junior year of high school in Denmark. In September 2020, she will be studying at Trinity College Dublin to pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict, with the support of Rotary International. 

Sarah owes her extensive international experience and interest in global affairs to the life changing experience in Denmark. After graduating high school, she moved to Paris, France and studied at the American University of Paris.  There she majored in Global Communications with a focus in both Film Studies and Political Communications. Sarah graduated with honors and was the Undergraduate Student President.  She then joined the Peace Corps. 

Sarah served two years in a rural town outside Yangon, Myanmar, where she volunteered as an English Teacher trainer with the Peace Corps. After completing service in March 2020, Sarah intends to pursue a M.Phil degree in Race, Ethnicity, and Conflict and focus her dissertation on the ethnic conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Once completing the degree, she will seek further research in ethnic conflict and genocide prevention to move towards a career in international human rights. 

The North Colorado Springs Rotary Club is proud to be the District 5470 Home Club sponsors.  We are proud to have Sarah as our Global Grant Scholarship recipient and are excited to follow her experiences at both Trinity and at her Rotary Host Club in Dublin.  Congratulations, Sarah!!!


Kate Carnahan Davis

District Scholarship Director, 2019-20
District 5470, Colorado USA