Dal student awarded prestigious Trudeau Foundation Scholarship
Dalhousie political science student Carla Suarez is the proud recipient of a 2012 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, among the most prestigious doctorial awards of its kind in Canada. She will receive a $60,000 grant (given annually for a three year period) to examine how South-Sudanese youth protect themselves from armed violence.
The scholarship supports brilliant social sciences and humanities doctoral students who are focused on researching and sharing innovative ideas that will help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians.
Trudeau Scholars are highly gifted individuals who are actively engaged in their fields and who are poised to become national and international figures.
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was established as a living memorial to the former prime minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, with the unanimous support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of $125 million.
"I will work with youth to better understand what threats they face, what strategies they take to avert them, and how these could inform humanitarian policies." – Carla Suarez, recipient of a 2012 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship.
"I was inspired by the creative ways youth protected themselves in the midst of war. For instance, former child and youth combatants formed informal support groups to educate others about how they survived rebel abductions by the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army. In doing so, they hoped others would learn from their experiences and use the similar strategies to either avoid or escape abduction." – Carla Suarez, recipient of a 2012 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship.
"Given that civilians are the main targets of contemporary civil wars, it is essential to build systematic and comparative knowledge about how civilians survive before and after it becomes too violent for humanitarian missions." – Carla Suarez, recipient of a 2012 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship.
"This group of students demonstrates a remarkable engagement and an immense curiosity for the current state of the world. The Trudeau scholarship will enable them to act upon their lively interest." - P.G. Forest, President of the Trudeau Foundation.
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