Dallaire/Graham Scholarships

Michael Graham and Roméo Dallaire at Lewis & Clark in 2013.

Roméo Dallaire Scholarhip

Lewis & Clark’s Roméo Dallaire Scholarship honors the work and vision of Roméo Dallaire, former commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission to Rwanda, Canadian Army Lieutenant-General (ret.), Senator, world citizen, and humanitarian.

The Roméo Dallaire Scholarship allows recipients to enroll in the Academic English Studies program at Lewis & Clark College for one academic year. While studying English and living with other students from throughout the United States and around the world, scholarship recipients experience first hand the history and habits of diverse cultures even as they share with others their own traditions, customs, insights and beliefs. The Dallaire Award Fund continues to advance the principle that has guided Lewis & Clark’s innovative programs in international education for more than 40 years: global understanding is rooted in relationships, and relationships are built day by day and person to person.

Michael Graham Scholarship

Inspired by the compassion for community and forward-thinking attitudes of our past Roméo Dallaire Scholars, we announce a new scholarship for local Portland metropolitan area high school graduates who are refugees or immigrants and are non-native English speakers. The scholarship will pay for one academic year’s tuition, books and a bus pass for non-residential students to study in the Academic English Studies program at Lewis & Clark.

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Exciting News for 2022-23!

Thanks to the generous support of the Office of the President of Lewis & Clark, an additional Michael Graham Scholarship will be awarded to support an Afghan refugee for study in AES during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Graham Scholar for 2021-22

Violeta Molina Santos, 2021 Violeta Molina Santos, 2021

Violeta Molina Santos is our second Michael Graham scholar, and she came to the US from Guatemala in 2018. She graduated from McDaniel High School (formerly Madison) in June, 2021. She tells us that in Guatemala she did not have an opportunity to go to school after grade six. When she arrived in the US, opportunities opened up for her. She now plans a career in nursing, and has deferred her admission to George Fox College to study English in AES for one year. The Michael Graham scholarship was created for people just like Violeta—we are so glad she is with us this year.

Dallaire Scholar 2021-22

Souzane Murekatete, 2021 Souzane Murekatete, 2021

We are very happy to welcome our fifteenth Dallaire Scholar, Souzane Murekatete. Souzane is an entrepreneur for change in Rwanda. In 2016 she founded Iriza-Ntako Heritage, Ltd., a cooperative that trains Rwandan women in traditional weaved basket designs — and then puts their weaving skills to good use by creating sustainable weaved products for the international market. Souzane is excited to expand her English skills at AES to help her, as she says: to tell our stories…to a wider audience.”

Interviews with Past Dallaire Scholars


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Learning from Rwanda to equip and inspire each one of us to enter the world of the “Other.”  The “Other” may be under our own roof or on the other side of the globe.

—Carl and Teresa Wilkins