Dec 14, 2020
Simone Jean-Marie Renault
Rotary Grant Scholar, London

Speaking from Los Angeles, the district’s recipient of a $30,000 Global Scholarship, Simone expresses her gratitude to the district and TRF for sponsoring her Graduate Program in Global Mental Health, Public Health and Psychiatry at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine & King’s College, London.

Simone Renault is a creator, psychiatrist- and activist- in training, and proud Iowan, who works tirelessly in pursuit of the Beloved Community and to align wellbeing with wholeness alongside marginalized peoples and in low-resourced regions of the world. Currently, she is on hiatus from her 4th year of medical school under a full scholarship at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she is Medical Coordinator of The Mobile Clinic Project and Director of Companion Care, which provides direct service and accompaniment to persons experiencing homelessness in West Hollywood. She graduated from The University of Iowa in 2014 with degrees in biology and international studies. 
She has spent her time in quarantine organizing COVID supplies and funds for The Mobile Clinic Project’s community partners, crocheting stuffed animals, and learning how to become a more present and persistent member of her community. She is thrilled to be selected as this year’s Rotary Global Grant Scholar as she acquires her Masters degree from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and King’s College London in Global Mental Health. She is pleased to say that after many months of delays and restrictions, she will take flight for London on January 8th.