Charles O. and Margaret Lerche Small Grants Fund

The Charles O. and Margaret Lerche Small Grants Fund was established in 2008 by American University alumnus Dr. Charles O. Lerche III SIS/MA ’73 in honor of his parents. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to one or more graduate students enrolled in the School of International Service, affiliated with the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, and dedicated to the study of American peace policy and international peace and conflict resolution.

Income from the Fund will be awarded annually in accord with the University’s financial aid policies with preference given to graduate student(s), enrolled in the SIS Masters of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution program or other affiliated programs within IPCR. Eligible applicants will have attained a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and completed a minimum of 12 credit hours per year toward his or her graduate degree. Applicants should demonstrate promise in their scholastic achievement and/or their commitment to IPCR principles.

From the pool of eligible applicants, the Director of IPCR Program and two senior IPCR faculty members (appointed by the Director) will recommend recipient(s) to the Dean of SIS, who will approve the final recipient(s).

In accord with University policy, the scholarship may be renewed for one year. Once a scholarship has been awarded to a student, that student will continue to receive the scholarship for one additional year so long as the student is enrolled at the University.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Please write an essay that describes your commitment to IPCR principles.