Beacham Scholarship Supports Terrorism Studies
Washington College students interested in the study of political violence and terrorism can apply for the Veryan Beacham Scholarship, which opens for applications at the end of March. The $1,500 tuition scholarship will be awarded for the 2013-2014 -academic year.
Anthony Pipolo ’14 is the scholarship’s first recipient. An international studies major with a concentration in European studies, Pipolo this spring is attending University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. His research focuses on how political violence in Northern Ireland accelerated the process that resulted in the Good Friday Agreement, and how Northern Irish society has changed as a result. He’s also examining trends toward new sources of sectarian tension in the country.
Walton Beacham, president of Beacham Publishing, says the scholarship honors the work of his daughter, Veryan Beacham ’92, a philosophy and history major at WC whose international, web-hosted Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium, or TRAC, profiles and analyzes over 4,000 terrorist groups. Originally a writing prize, the award has been changed to a tuition scholarship. Applicants still must demonstrate strong writing, but they can examine terrorism and violence from a variety of perspectives. For instance, psychology majors might study recruitment tactics, “lone wolves” or hate groups; English or art history majors may study the use of propaganda as a tool of violence.
Students who want to apply should contact Jeani Narcum, director of the Office of Student Financial Aid.