A Sheffield graduate has become one of the first people honoured with a prestigious global scholarship.
The Rotary International award will enable David Cook, from Baslow, to spend two years studying for a masters in environmental and geographical sciences at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
The Sheffield University graduate said: “I was amazed when I heard the news.
“The scholarship will provide me with an opportunity to help with an array of sustainable farming and environmental issues in South Africa and, in the longer term, to contribute towards the outstanding work already being undertaken by Rotary to resolve some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues.”
The 23-year-old recently returned to his home in Baslow after leading an eight-month charity cycle ride through eight countries in South-East Asia.
One aim of the expedition was to raise awareness of Wirksworth Rotary Club’s life-saving Aquabox project.
Members of the Rotary Club of Bakewell initially nominated David for the new-style scholarship and this was backed by Rotary’s District 1220.
David said: “I’m extremely grateful to Bakewell club past president Richard Carter and Peter Moralee, the immediate past district governor, for their support in securing this incredible scholarship.”
“It will cover all my tuition, accommodation and living expenses, as well as my travel costs and books.”
David’s ambition is to work for the UN food council in the field of sustainable food production and world food security.