Scholarships focus on conflict resolution

Rotary Clubs seek applications for international studies program

Rotary Clubs worldwide are again seeking candidates to become World Peace Scholars at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies.

Rotary District No. 5440, which covers parts of Colorado, Nebraska, Idaho and all of Wyoming including Craig, is no different and is still accepting applications for the second year of the program. The program offers a student the opportunity to study at universities in North Carolina, California, Japan, Australia, England, France or Argentina. The World Peace Scholars will focus their two years of studies on conflict resolution, peace studies and international relations. Last year, more than 1,500 applications were reviewed for the 70 slots.

While October 1 is the deadline for the decision on who a Rotary district will nominate, the selection process is just about to get into full swing, so any interested students need to get their applications in, Rotary District 5440 Governor Lynne Baker said.

"This program looks to send students to the Rotary Centers for studies in peace and conflict resolution," Baker said. "There is a process for candidates at the district level and then the district recommends one candidate for the program. There is a screening process and interviews that go on at the local level on top of the application.

"Immediately after July 1, when our new officers take office, we'll be looking at applications and really get going on the process."

The first Rotary World Peace Scholars have been selected and will begin their studies this fall. The application process now will select students who will begin their studies in the fall of 2003, continuing through 2005. Along with their regular studies, World Peace Scholars will have the opportunity to undertake summer projects like internships with international organizations, foreign language study or field research connected with their studies. Baker said if a student is applying to study at one of the universities in a foreign country, that student must be proficient in the native language and fill out two applications one in English and one in the native language.

"These are two-year master's programs, and we are looking for students who have a master's degree or are working towards a master's degree, or have the work experience equivalent of a master's," Baker said. "The idea of the program is to have people who can work in direct connection with people to resolve issues and create peaceful solutions instead of resorting to conflict.

"Anybody interested should be immediately looking to get an application now."

For more information about the Rotary World Peace Scholars program, contact Terry Roark at the University of Wyoming

at (307) 766-6513.

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