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  Avila student awarded peace studies scholarship  
  Kansas City, MO    
May 1, 2009

Avila University student James Frederique was awarded the 2008-09 Peace Studies/Women’s Studies $1,000 scholarship.

Frederique, a Haiti native, is a psychology major at Avila set to graduate in 2010. Frederique has participated in numerous good-will missions to Haiti to help alleviate hunger and poverty. Most recently, he traveled to Georgia to take part in a rally in an attempt to close the School of the Americas, often referred to as the school of assassins. The school trains Latin American security personnel in combat, counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics and are responsible for many human rights abuses in Latin America.

The scholarship is awarded to an Avila University student focusing on peace studies or women’s studies. This year Avila and PeaceWorks honored Frederique for his involvement in women’s and peace studies along with his justice activities. To receive the scholarship, a student must be enrolled in peace studies courses at Avila, show a genuine interest in the peace and justice movement, demonstrate financial need, maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and be willing to participate in a PeaceWorks project.

Avila University is one of only two schools that offer this scholarship. The scholarship is made available through PeaceWorks, a local peace and justice organization that advocates for alternatives to military solutions to problems. Frederique’s award includes a position serving on the PeaceWorks board of directors for the next year.
After graduating from Avila, Frederique plans to earn a Master’s degree in Diplomacy. He hopes to return to Haiti and continue his work towards peace.

Members of the scholarship selection committee included Avila University faculty Amity Bryson, D.M.A., and Steve Iliff, Ph.D. The committee also included Corva Murphy and Don McClain from PeaceWorks.

For more information on Avila University’s peace and women’s studies, contact Steve Iliff, Ph.D. at


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.