Rieke Scholars

The Rieke Leadership Award was established in 1988 by President William O. Rieke to reaffirm the university’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. Recipients of the award are individuals of any ethnic background who demonstrate their leadership in promoting racial and ethnic diversity at Pacific Lutheran University and beyond.  Rieke Scholars are students who advocate for diversity, social justice, and sustainability within their communities.  Students who opt into the Rieke Scholarship program have an interest in participating in a community of learners committed to individual professional development, group collaborations, and influencing system for social change.

Students participating in the Rieke Scholar Program will:

  • Explore one’s sense of Self-awareness through, reflection on one’s identity and values, development of an authentic leadership identity, examination of personal commitment to DJS.
  • Practice Skills for collaborative leadership through reflection of the collective process required to enact positive social change, engagement in collaborative partnerships working towards a common purpose, and dialogue across difference for perspective taking.
  • Engage with the community through taking ownership of membership in our multiple communities, examination of the interdependence of diversity, justice, and sustainability in relationships and practice active participation with The dCenter community values and programs
  • Commitment to student success through developing a personal definition of student success and map towards goals, exposure to campus resources, intentional connections with dAdvocates, Diversity Center Staff, and Faculty.

Rieke Scholar ``Tracks``

dCenter

dCenter Rieke Scholars will volunteer weekly in PLU’s Diversity Center.  There is an expected time commitment of three hours per week for the academic year, which is structured around self-exploration around issues of social justice and diversity.  Through involvement in the Diversity Center, Scholars will enrich the fabric of university while increasing their own leadership skills.  New and Continuing PLU students are invited to apply to be dCenter Rieke Scholars.

Rieke Fellow

In collaboration with the Director of The Diversity Center, Rieke Leadership Fellows work on a year-long project of their choosing that addresses issues of social justice and inclusion (e.g. eco-justice, health and wellness, Queer and ally identity formation programs). Projects must address a current need and/or issue on campus and have a tangible outcome (e.g. program, panel discussion, report) at the end of the academic year. Rieke Fellow applicants must have completed at least 30 credit hours.

International Peer Advisor

International Peer Advisors (IPA) assist in the development and implementation of International Student Orientation (ISO). IPAs also develop and implement separate activities for international students beyond orientation and promote increased participation in existing on-campus programs among international students. During the semester, each IPA will plan at least one on-campus or off-campus activity and invite new students to participate. Each IPA will collaborate with International Student Services Interns, Diversity Advocates and other student leaders to facilitate activities. Overall, IPAs are expected to be a role model for new students and facilitate a positive transition process to PLU.  IPA applicants must be continuing students.  

Contact: Heather Jacobson, Coordinator of International Student Services, hjacobson@plu.edu, x7122

Apply to be a Rieke Scholar

All Applicants must submit an online application form including:

  • Updated Resume
  • Response to short answer questions about interest in the Rieke Scholarship

First time applicants, additionally, must include:

  • 2 letters of reference – Letters should be from individuals who can provide an official evaluation of your leadership activities that demonstrate leadership in promoting racial and ethnic diversity, and social justice, such as teachers, professors, pastors, community leaders, and/or guidance counselors.  Letters from family members will not be considered.  Letters of reference must have been written within the last six months prior to the date of application and address the Rieke Leadership Scholarship.

  • Recipients must be full-time students
  • Recipients must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Renewal of the award is not automatic. A complete application packet must be submitted for consideration for each academic year
  • The information in the application must be no more than 2 years old
  • Application deadlines are firm. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the deadlines as they are stated
  • The Selection Committee’s decision is final

Apply today

March 1 – Applications due for new PLU students

April 1 – Applications due for continuing students

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