Why he’s in the news
Evan Graber, of El Dorado, received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship through the Rotary Foundation to study in Scotland for a year. The scholarship is for students to complete graduate studies abroad. Graber will be studying at the University of Edinburgh New College, earning his master’s degree in theology. He is leaving Sept. 1.
While in Scotland, there will be a couple who are Rotarians who help him get settled, and Graber will be involved in their Rotary Club and travel around to other clubs.
About his background
Graber is a 2005 graduate from New Covenant Christian Academy, through which he was home-schooled. He then graduated from John Brown University in Arkansas in 2008.
During his summers between college, he worked in the Bradford Memorial Library where he met Morgan Metcalf, who is a Rotarian. Metcalf talked to him about his future plans, telling him about this scholarship. Then,?Rotarian Reed Campbell helped him get all of the appropriate paperwork completed to apply. Graber first applied in 2007, but did not receive the scholarship. He applied again in 2008 and was selected. Dave Stewart has been his sponsor Rotarian, helping him through the scholarship process.
Graber is the son of Pastor Wade and Peggy Graber.
In his own words
This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. It’s a dream come true for me in a sense.
(After my master’s degree) I will pursue my doctoral studies.
Eventually I want to teach theology at the university level.