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RICK HOOPER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Rick Hooper Scholarship Fund has been established to honor the memory of Richard M. “Rick” Hooper, who died at age 40 in the August 19, 2003, terrorist bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad.
Rick, a 1985 graduate of UC Santa Cruz, spent many years in the Middle East and became one of the UN’s chief experts on the region. He became interested in the Middle East as a UCSC undergraduate while studying abroad, and he returned to join a campus student organization, the Palestine Support Group, dedicated to promoting awareness of the culture, aspirations, and human rights situation of Palestinians. He spent an extra undergraduate year studying at Birzeit University, studied Arabic on a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Damascus and the American University of Cairo, and received a master's in Arab studies from Georgetown University.
The Rick Hooper Scholarship, administered through the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies, will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to undergraduate students in any UC Santa Cruz department who have a demonstrated interest in or are pursuing studies in one or more of the areas in which Rick Hooper focused his life's work. The award is intended to fund travel expenses for the selected undergraduate student or students for any of the following purposes:
* increasing understanding of the Arabic language or the Arabic-speaking or Muslim world
Candidates must be UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing. To apply, please submit a 500-word proposal and a copy of your evaluations via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal must concisely explain your experience, preparation, and concrete goals related to the topics above.