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Rotary supports international education programs
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Gavin Finif, a senior at First Presbyterian Christian Academy, right, and David Probst, a Georgia Rotary Student Program participant from Germany, left, stand with Brooke Childers, Interact advisor at First Presbyterian Christian Academy. - photo by Photo provided.

Two young men talked to the Hinesville Rotary Club Tuesday about their participation in the Rotary New Generations Program, overseen by Director Shannon Hickey of the Hinesville Club.

Gavin Finif, who attends First Presbyterian Christian Academy, talked about experiences at South Georgia College’s recent Rotary Youth Leadership Program. Hinesville Rotary Club sponsors participants who meet qualifications.

The program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors. Candidates should hold a position of leadership or be interested in leadership. Candidates typically are members of Interact Clubs at their respective high schools.

David Probst, who is from the Stuttgart, Germany, area, attends Armstrong State University in Savannah. He is on a scholarship funded in part by Hinesville Rotary Club. He said he had been in the States two weeks and attended the meeting to meet "his extended family." Probst lives on the ASU campus and is hosted by a Savannah family.

Since 1946, Rotarians in Georgia have promoted world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. It is a scholarship program, not an exchange. Each year, about 60 students from all over the world make friends in the United States and other nations and learn about different cultures and life styles.

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