Nicole Robertson

2018 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship

Nicole Robertson has earned a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship for travel to Scotland where she will complete a master’s degree in public health at the University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The award is valued at $45,000. She will later complete her dissertation work in sub-Saharan Africa to evaluate and implement non-communicable disease prevention, treatment and management interventions.

"I believe that the capacity to live a healthy and fulfilling life is a human right, and as a Rotary Global Scholar, I want to ameliorate health inequities in both Kentucky and around the globe. I plan to use my graduate degree and research to enrich my ability to serve at home as a future physician.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Graduated May 2018 with a degree in biology from the College of Arts and Sciences and a degree in public health from the School of Public Health and Information Sciences.
  • Additional Awards:

    • 2017 Etscorn International Summer Research Award

Inspired By

First, I would like to thank Dr. Patricia Condon, Dr. Charlie Leonard, and Bethany Smith for guiding me through the application process and their continued support throughout graduate and professional school. Thank you to my mentors Dr. Trishul Siddharthan, Dr. Suzanne Pollard, and Dr. William Checkley at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who have challenged me and contributed to my passion of research. Additionally, I am thankful for my recommender Tammi Thomas who has been instrumental in guiding and inspiring me to achieve my highest potential, and Dr. Katie Leslie for giving me the confidence to pursue my passion in health equity in research.


Hometown information

  • Hometown:

    Alexandria, Kentucky
  • High school:

    Campbell County High School
  • Parents:

    Janet and Steve Robertson of Alexandria, Kentucky