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PACEM IN TERRIS STUDENTS

Pacem In Terris is the only program in the United States to provide full scholarship support for tuition, room and board for promising young students from conflict and post-conflict areas of the world.

The program began in September of 1993, when 24 college-age men and women from Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Macedonia were selected from a field of hundreds of prospective candidates to be the first Pacem In Terris students.

Since that time, thanks to the generosity of the College and its partners, more than 300 students from 27 such countries have received full scholarships to the Pacem In Terris program.

Of those, 55 graduates have now returned to their homelands where they are putting the professional skills, democratic values, and human compassion they developed through Pacem In Terris into practice in Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia, Haiti, and Rwanda, running government offices and businesses, teaching children, providing medical care, and reporting the news. ( see "Pacem In Terris Alumni" ).

Likewise during that time, thousands of American students also have entered adult society with a broader perspective and understanding of world cultures because of their experience in the Pacem In Terris program.

In the future, La Roche College hopes to acquire the necessary support to expand the number of full Pacem In Terris scholarships and to attract additional students to the program through a newly added partial scholarship program.

Business leaders, government ministries, and academic authorities all may play a role in recommending students for the Pacem In Terris program ( see "Selection and Application Process" ).

Students are selected for either the fully funded "Pacem In Terris Scholars" or the partial-scholarship "Pacem In Terris Associates" program based on specific admissions criteria, which includes demonstrated levels of:

  • academic competence
  • leadership capabilities
  • personal commitment to improve the quality of life in their homelands.
Once on campus, Pacem In Terris students receive a number of specially designed support services to help them make the transition to American life ( see "Student Services" ).