How do I apply?

Who is eligible to apply to become a Peace Scholar?

  • Sophomores and juniors from any discipline are welcome to apply
  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • PLU Peace Scholars must also commit to attending all parts of the program (2016 and 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forums and 7-week summer program in Norway).

What are the components of the application?

  • An essay not to exceed  1,000 words that addresses the following:

Peace Scholars Essay Prompt:

The main focus of your essay is “What does “a scholar of peace” mean to you?”

To help explain that, please include:

a) One or two specific past experiences in global and/or local setting(s) that inspire and challenge you to continue to study about peace. What did you learn from those experiences and what questions did they raise for you that you would like to pursue further?

b) A description of how being a Peace Scholar can enhance your future academic and career plans.

  • Two recommendations, at least one of which must be from a PLU faculty member
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A résumé
  • An interview with the Peace Scholars Committee (finalists only)

PLEASE NOTE: Letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to Cynthia Givens, Administrative Assistant, Humanities Division at

FERPA Release Form: A signed FERPA Release Form will need to be provided by you to each faculty member who is writing a letter of recommendation. The form is found on the Student Life webpage under “Documents and Forms” under the subheading “Faculty/Department Samples”:

The essay, transcript and résumé are to be submitted by the student electronically to Cynthia Givens, Administrative Assistant, Humanities Division at

Please use the email subject: Peace Scholars Application.

What is the deadline for application?

The complete application packet is to be submitted no later than February 15, 2016.