Class of 2018’s Christine Manegan is heading to Stanford in the fall to study international relations with a concentration in economics. Her goal is “to make an impact on the world in a truly meaningful and beneficial way,” and she started working toward this while a student at Urbana High.
Last month, the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and Rotary District 7620 (Central Maryland and Washington, D.C.) recognized Manegan’s efforts as exemplifying the Rotary motto, “service above self.” She received a $3,000 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek and a $5,000 scholarship from Rotary District 7620.
“I’m really grateful and honored to have received both scholarships from both levels of the Rotary Club,” Manegan said. “With this scholarship I will be better able to pay for tuition and fees at my dream college and work towards a career of giving back to the international community as a foreign service officer. I’m very thankful especially for Ms. Patty McGill and Mr. Neil Fay for supporting me through every step of this process. The Rotary Club does a lot of great things in our area and around the globe. … I am really inspired by their motto ‘service above self’ and hope to embody that with volunteering throughout my life.”
Rotary is an international organization devoted to providing humanitarian services here in the U.S. and around the world. During her speech thanking the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Manegan shared that in the future she would like to “work with an NGO or as a foreign service office to increase educational and employment opportunities for impoverished people around the world.”
She currently volunteers at the Asian American Center of Frederick, assisting with citizenship and ESL classes, working as a translator at community health and dental fairs and supporting “people of all kinds of backgrounds who have gone through incredible difficulty immigrating and acclimating to this country.” Manegan also was president of the UHS Multicultural Club that organized an annual cultural festival and raised money for the Arthritis Foundation with its multicultural bake sale. These experiences influenced her decision to study international relations.
Manegan speaks Chinese and is learning Spanish, Korean, American Sign Language and Arabic. In addition to being part of the UHS Model UN Club for four years, she hosted a Spanish exchange student one summer and spent the following summer visiting that student and her family in Aranda de Duero, Spain.
Patricia McGill, Rotary Scholarship Committee chair, said, “We are confident that Christine will persist in doing what is required to make her dream of serving as a Foreign Service Officer in U.S. Embassies around the world a reality. She is committed to her belief that ‘Economics’ is the driving force which can elevate all people to be able to have a prosperous and rewarding life, and she will be majoring in Economics at Stanford University beginning this fall.. Her sincerity, her grasp of intellect, and dedication to her goals, combined with her charming personality, will, we believe, propel her to achieve many beneficial things for mankind.”
Manegan was one of 121 applicants considered for the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek scholarship. This is the first time in eight years that a Frederick County student has won the District 7620 scholarship.