Anderson receives Rotary Global Grant

News Graphic Staff

Oct. 31, 2017

CEDARBURG — Ryan Anderson, a senior at the University of South Carolina and a 2014 graduate of Cedarburg High School, is a recipient of the Rotary Global Grant to pursue a Masters of Public Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Prior to graduating from high school, Anderson founded the Relearn Foundation, which collects and distributes school supplies to those in need around the world. He also served as assistant director of Mequon-based Pivotal Directions and co-produced the documentary “10 Dollar Perspective.” He is co-founder of Han’Go International, which collects and distributes medical supplies to low-income communities.

As a USC student, he is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity and has served as a senator of the university’s student government.

As a Rotary Global Grant recipient, his studies and experiences encompass disease prevention and treatment, which is one of the Rotary’s six areas of focus. His academic work on public health at the University of Cape Town will continue supporting fighting medical disparities and further his understanding of social determinants worldwide. While in South Africa, Anderson also plans to travel to low-income communities to gain insight on policy and clinic needs. Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a medical degree and specialize in infectious diseases.

The Rotary Global Grant is valued at more than $30,000 and provides one year of graduate study abroad.