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.
To honor Dallaire’s work and vision, preference is given to low-income students who demonstrate a dedication to promoting human rights in sub-Saharan Africa. For the next five years, the scholarship will accept applications from students from Rwanda.
The Roméo Dallaire Scholarship allows recipients to enroll in the Academic English Studies program at Lewis & Clark College for one academic year. While studying 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.
Message from General Dallaire
In 2016 we celebrate the 10th year of the Dallaire scholarship. In recognition of this milestone, General Dallaire sent this message:
Not so many years ago I witnessed to what extent adults can manipulate the minds of youths that pushed them to commit some of the most horrific crimes against humanity during the Rwandan genocide.
Over the last 10 years, since my initial research during my fellowship at the Kennedy School at Harvard, I have been pushing to frontiers of eradicating the use of child soldiers in civil wars and conflicts worldwide. My team at Dalhousie University, where the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is accommodated, has been able to change the doctrine in NATO, in the African Union and a number of individual countries for their security sector forces to be more effective in reducing the use of child soldiers in conflicts. The website childsoldiers.org is a most valued information site on this matter.
The General Roméo Dallaire Scholarship is one of the precious instruments of developing, in a most rigorous intellectual manner, the thinking of future leaders in their country to be able to discern and prevent their nation stumbling into civil war, mass atrocities and even genocide. The recruitment of child soldiers is in fact an early warning to such extreme abuses of human rights.
It is with humility, yet tremendous pride, that I salute the previous graduates and those that will join them in the future to work diligently and intelligently at preventing conflicts and eradicating the use of children as weapons of war.
Bravo to the university leadership and many thanks for their continued support.
Lieutenant General, the Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d)
Scholarships at Texas Christian University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Delaware
- The Carl & Teresa Wilkens Award was started in 2012 after educators from Rwanda approached Texas Christian University (TCU) about their nation’s intention to adopt English officially as the language of instruction. That same year TCU was invited by Lewis & Clark College to join in its work through the Roméo Dallaire Scholarship fund, “combating genocide in Rwanda and worldwide.” The Dallaire Scholarship Committee is very happy to work with TCU to offer two English Language scholarships to residents of Rwanda each year.
- In Fall, 2016 the intensive English programs of the University of Alabama and the University of Delaware will join us in offering scholarships for English language study to human rights activists from Rwanda. They will each award one scholarship for the equivalent of one semester.
2016-17 Dallaire Scholarship Recipient
Solange Ipanoyimana is our 2016-17 Dallaire scholarship recipient. Solnage has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication Studies from the Institut Catholique De Kabgayi. She has been working for several years as the Lead Trainer at Resonate, in Kigali.
Solange tells us that the mission of Resonate is to “Use storytelling as a tool to help women and girls to build self-confidence and see themselves as agents of change.” She is looking forward to being “part of a community of people from different backgrounds, where we can all learn from each other.”
Interviews with Dallaire Scholars
“All humans are human. Not one of us is more human than another.”
Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire
Lieutenant-General and Senator Roméo Dallaire returned to the Lewis & Clark College campus in 2013 as the College of Arts & Sciences commencement speaker and recipient of a Doctorate in Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.
Lieutenant-General Dallaire and Scholarship Recipient Emmanuel Habimana.
During his moving address to graduating seniors, General Dallaire reminded students “Your responsibilities go well beyond your town, your state, the borders of your country.” He further stated that when a great nation has power “it has a responsibility well beyond its border, to humanity.”
The Dallaire Scholarship Committee looks forward to working with General Dallaire in supporting his humanitarian efforts throughout the world, and in maintaining the scholarship that bears his name.
For further information regarding the current work of General Dallaire, please see his biography.
Links of Interest
Gashora Girls Academy
“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.”