Rotary International announced that San Marino High School Class of 2015 graduate, Mark Liang, has received a Global Grant Scholarship for graduate study in the MPhil Health, Medicine and Society program at Cambridge University (UK) beginning this October.

His interests align with Rotary’s Disease Prevention and Treatment area of focus.  The scholarship has a value of $31,000.

At Cambridge, Liang plans to study the ways immigrants are disproportionately affected by disease when crossing borders and geographic boundaries. He expects to work extensively with the health organizations at Cambridge and the United Kingdom, extending the work he already has been doing in the U.S.

During high school, Liang volunteered at the Motor Classic as an Eagle Scout selling tickets, participated in Interact, and helped build the Rotary float for the Tournament of Roses Parade.

He graduated from Brown University in 2019, magna cum laude, with degrees in Biology and STS (Science, Technology and Society).  He was a former Fulbright Scholar, to Macau, China.  He is currently taking a gap year, working as an Analyst at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine in Pasadena.  He has deferred medical school for a year to take this scholarship.

His host is the Cambridge Rotary Club, in District 1080.  It is expected that Mark will speak at various club meetings, attend their district conference and generally be a resource to Rotarians and their programs while abroad.

The Rotary Club of San Marino is his sponsor, having now had 30 of its nominees for the Ambassadorial, now Global Grant Scholarship, accepted by Rotary International.  He found out about the scholarship through an article in the Tribune newspaper about previous Global Grant scholar, Jacqueline Chen…a fellow Titan classmate who received her Masters’ from Oxford.

Each year, the San Marino Rotary Club seeks to identify a global grant applicant, one who desires to further his/her education abroad, for a Masters’ or Doctorate degree, and whose coursework and extra-curricular activities align with one or more of Rotary’s Areas of Focus:  Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic education and Literacy; and/or Economic and Community Development.

Applicants are interviewed on the Club and District level, in person if possible, but by Zoom/Skype if necessary.  For further information, please contact William Payne, San Marino Rotary Global Grant Chair, at 626.252.9505 or

More information about the scholarships.