Since 2015, Ms. Grace Cooney, a public health student at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, has spent every summer as an intern with Prisma Health Upstate’s MedEx Academy. She has also volunteered with refugees at the Carolina Survivor Clinic, transcribed emergency department patient/medical information for Scribe America, and directed fundraising and finance for Timmy Global Health. On campus, she has conducted research in communication sciences and disorders professor, Dr. Kenn Apel’s Knowledge of Orthographic Learning Lab, and currently serves as vice president of finance for UofSC’s chapter of the Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity.
These experiences have helped prepare Ms. Cooney for her next educational/international adventure: a Master of in Migration, Culture, and Global Health at Queen Mary University of London. Her program will be funded by a Rotary Global Grant, which aims to increase international understanding and positive relationships among people from different countries and geographic areas by encouraging person-to-person diplomacy and community service work. Ms. Cooney is the 89th Rotary Scholar at UofSC over the past 25 years.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on November 08