Paul M. Grubb, Jr.,
Student Peace Award
Deadline: October 1
The Paul M. Grubb Jr. Student Peace Award is an annual award offered by the Elizabethtown College Alumni Peace Fellowship to aid students in spreading peace and justice to the larger world. The winner receives $2,000 to help him or her to implement a research or service project focused on peace and justice objectives. This year, the award was presented to Bhim Thapaliya to expand the work of a non-profit group, “Act for Humanity,” that he had already founded. Bhim organizes E-town students to help refugees in Lancaster County learn English language and navigate American culture, thus increasing cultural understanding among both. Congratulations to Bhim for the wonderful work he is already doing! The award was presented to Bhim on Saturday, October 18, at a gathering of the Alumni Peace Fellowship.
Paul M. Grubb, Jr. was an alumnus of Elizabethtown College (’55), a conscientious objector, and a committed advocate for peace. He died of a rare form of cancer in 1985 at age 53. In 2008, his widow Lavonne established the Paul M. Grubb, Jr. Student Peace Award to honor and encourage the kind of work in which he believed so deeply.
To be eligible for this award, you must create a proposal for a service or research project focused on peace and justice objectives. The winner will receive a $2,000 award to help him or her accomplish their goals. The next call for applications will be in spring 2016.
- Take time to think through your proposal with care.
- Highest consideration will be given to those showing evidence of thought, clarity, and specificity.
- Avoid vague generalizations.
- A winning application could mean a pivotal experience in your life. The more you put into it, the greater the return.
For advice on the your proposal you may wish to contact:
- Erika Fitz, Program Coordinator, Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center, email@example.com, 717-361-1450
- Michael Long, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies - firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-361-1240
- Jonathan Rudy, Global Peacemaking Scholar-in-Residence - email@example.com, 717-361-1995
Students may either propose a project of their own making or work in an established program. The following organizations offer excellent opportunities for short-term internships and volunteer work related to peacemaking:
- Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) (Washington, D.C.) - Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL's nonpartisan, multi-issue advocacy connects historic Quaker testimonies on peace, equality, simplicity, and truth with peace and social justice issues. FCNL fields the largest team of registered peace lobbyists in Washington, DC.FCNL offers a limited number of summer internships in its Washington office and provides some assistance in locating housing. http://fcnl.org/about/jobs/summer_internships/
- Volunteers for Peace - www.vfp.org (International) VFP coordinates international work camps and volunteer opportunities for many other organizations. Wide variety of countries and projects. Browse projects at www.vfp.org/projectsearch.aspx
- New Community Project - www.newcommunityproject.org. (Harrisonburg, VA, possibly South Sudan) NCP is a small nonprofit organization with a big goal: to change the world. NCP works at issues of human justice and environmental sustainability, and provides experiences that invite transformation. NCP's Sustainable Living Homestead in Harrisonburg, VA invites apprentices to be involved in the Muddybike urban organic garden, work with refugees and people recovering from homelessness and abuse, learn about sustainable building practices, and participate in community-based advocacy and outreach projects. NCP also sends Solidarity Workers to South Sudan to work in schools, reforestation projects and/or women's programs. Contact director David Radcliff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. (This organization was an outgrowth of peace work in the Church of the Brethren)
- The Carter Center - www.cartercenter.org (Atlanta, GA). Founded by President Jimmy Carter, The Carter Center partners with Emory University to “to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.” College juniors and seniors are eligible for internships in one of the Center’s Peace Programs, focusing on The Americas, China, Conflict Resolution, Democracy, Global Access to Information, or Human Rights. The Carter Center assists interns in finding housing in private homes or apartment sublets. Some additional financial aid may be available on a need basis, as well as a separate “The Jennie Lewis Life and Legacy Award” which supports an individual intern who exemplifies the memory of a very special former Carter Center staff member. http://www.cartercenter.org/involved/internship/peace-internships/index.html
- Friends Peace Teams (International) – www.friendspeaceteams.org - Organized summer work camps in Africa and Peace Team trips to Asia and Latin America.
- The Nonviolent Peace Force (Minneapolis, MN and Brussels, Belgium) – www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org The mission of Nonviolent Peace Force is to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. Contact Nancy about summer internships at email@example.com.
- Christian Peacemaker Teams - www.cpt.org CPT places teams at the invitation of local peacemaking communities that are confronting situations of lethal conflict. These teams seek to wage nonviolent direct action to confront systems of violence and oppression.
- Alternatives to Violence Project – www.avpinternational.org and www.avpusa.org. Projects vary, but range from work with inmates in U.S. prisons to trainings to address domestic violence in high-conflict areas like Gaza and the West Bank. Most projects are coordinated by seasoned volunteers, so contacting them directly is necessary. Some weekend trainings in AVP conflict transformation may be necessary in advance.