Many thanks to our scholarship applicants and selection committee for their incredible contributions. We are proud to announce Joshua Pollock as the 2017 recipient of the Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship.
Joshua Pollock is a writer and translator living in Olympia, Washington. As a student at The Evergreen State College his scholarly foci are international politics, writing, and research. Joshua’s practice seeks to examine and subvert dominant socio-political discursive formations and institutions through research-based literature and creative nonfiction. He has translated the Mexican poet José Vicente Anaya and he is currently working on a poetic project titled “Persistent Stare,” which interrogates subjectification in the belly of empire, considering the long-reach of America’s everywhere war, from Iraq and Afghanistan to Gaza to our own homes. In addition to his translation and poetic work, he has studied the politics and history of the Middle East and written about the Kurdish region in Northern Syria. After he graduates from Evergreen he plans to pursue graduate studies and expand his writing practice.
The Rachel Corrie Memorial Scholarship at The Evergreen State College is for students dedicated to gaining a better understanding of the Middle East and to working, locally or internationally, to further Middle East peace. Areas of interest may include Arab culture and Arabic language, US Policy in the Middle East, and peace, justice, and conflict resolution studies. Applicants must show how they will use their studies to promote human rights and social justice through community activism and/or political advocacy.
- Recipients are required to complete a small exit project consisting of a short essay, art project, or other creative portfolio depicting their relevant experiences during the semester.
- Letter of application explaining your qualifications and why you wish to be considered for the scholarship.
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals, other than relatives, who are familiar with your qualifications.
- A short, one page, description of your intended studies and how you plan to incorporate them into the community context described above.
- Optional: A copy of art, prose, poetry, photography, or other creative medium that you feel is relevant to your qualifications. Do not send originals as items will not be returned.
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 web site.
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