How do I apply?

Who is eligible to apply to become a Peace Scholar?

  • Sophomores and juniors from any discipline are welcome to apply. Seniors returning to campus for a PLUS year in 24-25 may also apply.
  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • Above all, the committee is looking for commitment to peace, curiosity, and openness to learning and others’ ideas
  • Peace Scholars commit to attending all parts of the program (7-week summer program in Norway and the spring 1 day conference in Minneapolis)
  • Upon return, Peace Scholars also commit to being on campus at least during the fall semester, and preferably for the entire school year, to promote the program and contribute to peace building efforts.

What are the components of the application?

  • An essay not to exceed 1,000 words that addresses the following:
    • 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: All applications will be submitted through the Wang Center.

Deadline for Summer 2024 Peace Scholars is February 1st.