Many thanks to our scholarship applicants and selection committee for their incredible contributions. We are proud to announce Bridget Drager as the 2018 recipient of the Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship.
Bridget Drager is a senior at The Evergreen State College. Her emphasis of study is Cultural studies with a specific interest in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Islamic studies. Her interest in these subjects is inspired by previous travels to the region. Currently, Bridget is writing a piece on the Bedouin of Jordan for a program at Evergreen. For her final year of studies, she will be studying Arab feminist literature. In the future, Bridget plans to pursue an MA in Middle Eastern studies.
The Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship at The Evergreen State College is a one-year scholarship for students, at all undergraduate class levels, dedicated to gaining a better understanding of peace and justice efforts around the world. A focus on the Middle East is valued, but it is not required to be considered for this scholarship. Applicants must show how they will use their studies to promote human rights and social justice through community activism, scholarly analysis and/or political advocacy. Areas of interest may include peace, justice and conflict resolution studies; international relations; Arab culture and Arabic language; US policy in the Middle East.
- Letter of application explaining your qualifications and why you wish to be considered for the scholarship. Include a short description of your intended studies and how you plan to incorporate them into the community and/or international context described above. (Your letter can be up to 2 pages in length.)
- Include a sample of analytical or creative work that you have produced which conveys your commitment to and interest in social justice. This could be an analytic essay, prose, art, poetry, photography or anything else which you feel conveys your message about social justice issues. This piece of work should not be longer than 5-pages. (In your letter, note the relevance of your work (writing, art, poetry, etc) to the application.)
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals, other than relatives, who are familiar with your qualifications. This can include a recommendation from someone who knows about your work in the community and/or social justice interests and efforts.
There is a committee of four who review the applications. The committee consists of 1 RCF board member, 1 member of the Evergreen faculty, 1 community member, and 1 member of Rachel Corrie’s family. Each committee member reviews all applications thoroughly and independently. The committee comes together and after discussion and evaluation, the recipient is chosen by consensus of the group based on the above requirements.
To learn how to apply for the Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship, please visit The Evergreen State College website.
Previous Recipients of the Scholarship:
2017-2018 Joshua Pollock