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.
Work with Texas Christian University
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.
Roméo Dallaire (L&C) and Carl and Teresa Wilkens (TCU) Scholars work together on the 2015 Business Forum in Kigali, Summer 2015. From left to right: Johnson Scott (TCU), Tanguy Muvuna (L&C, 2015-2016), Pascaline Umulisa (L&C, 2014-15), Emmanuel Habimana (L&C, 2012-13)
2015-16 Dallaire Scholarship Recipient
Tanguy Muvuna is our 2015-16 Dallaire scholarship recipient. Tanguy has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Kigali Independent University. While studying there, he initiated a student human rights association, which had 468 members. He has worked with a Rwandan senate legislative department and collected data on opinions toward government leadership and social and economic challenges. He also volunteered with the National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNGL Rwanda).
On a personal note, Tanguy has co-authored a book and website with his father on Rwandan history and he also teaches traditional dance.
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.”