ETSU alumna Shae Keane receives prestigious Rotary Skelton Scholarship


JOHNSON CITY (October 16, 2013) — Shae Keane, a graduate of East Tennessee State University, has been selected for the $30,000 Rotary Skelton Scholarship for 2014-2015. She was the nominee of the Rotary Club of Johnson City and ETSU, and was chosen from a pool of 15 regional candidates after interviewing with the Rotary District 7570 Scholarship Committee.

Keane received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in May at ETSU in Women’s Studies with a minor in International Studies. During her undergraduate career, she completed her degree as a University Honors Scholar with the Honors College and studied abroad in seven countries, including a semester studying the post-genocide restoration and peace-building efforts in Rwanda. Among her many activities at ETSU, Keane initiated the Model United Nations student organization and the International Day of Peace celebration on the ETSU campus.

Next, Keane will use the scholarship to complete studies in the master’s degree program in Gender and Peace Building at the Universidad para la Pax (the University for Peace) in Costa Rica.

The Rotary Skelton Scholarship is awarded annually by Rotary District 7570 to a person or persons planning studies that lead to sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of six areas: peace and conflict prevention/resolution; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and community development. The $30,000 award allows the recipients to attend the school of their choice in a country outside the United States or Canada.

Rotary District 7570 consists of 83 clubs, whose 3,500 members fund the scholarship in memory of Bill Skelton of Blacksburg, Va., a past president of Rotary International.

The Rotary Club of Johnson City is a service organization of 166 leaders representing a cross section of the Johnson City community. To learn more about the organization’s community, youth and international projects, visit or The Rotary Club of Johnson City on Facebook.

For further information about Keane or the ETSU Honors College, contact the dean, Dr. Rebecca Pyles, at (423) 439-4329 or  

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