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Tanner Human Rights Center 2013 Scholarship 3,500.00. Essay competition

posted Apr 15, 2013, 8:42 AM by Larissa Little

Now taking applications for the 2013 Scholarship

This Spring, the Tanner Human Rights Center at the University of Utah will host a conference exploring religion as a source of conflict in our world as well as the efforts of religious people and religious communities to promote peace building.  In connection with the conference, the Center is holding a scholarship essay competition for students entering the University of Utah in Fall 2013. The Tanner Human Rights Center 2013 Scholarship is sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Science. The scholarship will be awarded through an essay competition for an incoming in-state freshman to the University of Utah.

One scholarship will be awarded at $3,500.00.

To apply for the scholarship, students should write an essay on the following theme:

As we move from high school to college, we will certainly come into contact with more and more people who have religious beliefs that are different from our own.  This is true for those of us who don’t claim any religion as well as for very committed followers of a particular faith.  The news is filled with stories about how such differences can sometimes lead to destructive and violent behaviors. Please write an essay that addresses the following questions:

(1) Why do religious differences seem to lead to such problems?  Might some of the conflicts that we think of as “religious” really be about other issues?

(2) How might people holding different religious beliefs work together to transform potential conflict into more cooperative and mutually supportive behaviors.

Please have your students go to our website below for more information.

Thank you,

Aleta Tew