Roméo Dallaire Scholarship
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. The application process and procedures are being developed and will be announced in early 2020.
Sister Scholarships at Texas Christian University 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.
- The intensive English program of the University of Delaware also offers a scholarship for English language study to human rights activists from Rwanda
Dallaire Scholarship for 2020-21
Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roméo Dallaire Scholarship Committee has voted to postpone the scholarship for one academic year. The Committee members felt that we could not confidently offer our scholar a full and safe experience, and we faced other roadblocks, such as visa suspensions and international flight difficulties.
Fortunately, our selected scholar for 2020-21, Souzane Murekatete, will be able to join us in 2021-22. We look forward to meeting Souzane and moving forward next year.
Michael Graham Scholarship for 2020-21
Our first Michael Graham scholar is Alexandre Monteiro. Alexandre is a 2020 Wilson High School graduate. His parents fled Guinea Bissau during the war for independence, and Alexandre grew up in Portugal. We look forward to getting to know Alexandre this year.
Interviews with Dallaire Scholars
Links of Interest
- Dallaire and Graham Scholarship Donations
Texas Christian University Intensive English Program
- The Girl Effect