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 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. The next round of applications are due Wednesday, February 1, 2018
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