ANNOUNCEMENT: The Rick Hooper Scholarship

The Rick Hooper Scholarship
$1200 Award
Call For Applications
Deadline: May 15, 2017

The Rick Hooper Scholarship 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.

The Rick Hooper Scholarship, administered through the Center for Emerging Worlds, 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
* study at a college or university in an Arabic-speaking or Muslim majority country
* an internship in peace and conflict resolution or human rights
* study or work in Palestinian human rights issues

Candidates must be UCSC undergraduate students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need.  To apply, please submit a 500- word proposal and a copy of your academic transcript via e-mail to  The proposal must concisely explain your experience, preparation, and concrete goals related to the topics above.


Rick Hooper, 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 additional undergraduate year 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.

Rick first joined the United Nations in 1990 as a refugee affairs officer in Gaza with the UN Relief and Works Agency. He later served at the agency's Vienna headquarters. Since 2001 he had been special assistant to the UN undersecretary general for political affairs. In 1995-96 and 1999-2001, he served as special assistant to the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. He had a long association with the Norwegian Institute for Applied Social Sciences and helped establish its Program for International Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. He was also founding director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum in New York.

For information, please contact Suraiya Jetha at:

University of California
1156 High Street
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Santa Cruz CA  95064  USA


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