Bryn Weaver, a 2001 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, has recently been awarded a prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to earn her master's degree at the London School of Economics in London.
Weaver is studying environmental policy, with a particular focus on carbon markets. After graduating from SSHS, she did her undergraduate work in environmental biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has since conducted clean energy development work in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and worked for the environmental think-tank The Rocky Mountain Institute, headed by Amory Lovins.
Most recently, she spent a year in Bangkok, Thailand, working for the International Resources Group and the U.S. Agency for International Development helping set up USAID's first international Clean Development and Climate Program for Southeast Asia.
The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.
While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.