Maureen Tobin Stanley, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures at the University of Minnesota Duluth, created a scholarship for students who stand up for peaceful solutions. The first recipient, who will receive $1,000, will be picked next spring.
"Hopefully it will get people thinking, get people to be aware of what one does at every level," she said. "To implement change to a greater degree, I think you have to do something at an intellectual level."
In a way, the $25,000 endowment Tobin Stanley established is just the latest example of how she has used her life to respond to and counter her father's violence toward her family. As a researcher and a writer, she focuses on injustice, the persecution of women, people subverting dominant forces. Applicants will submit essays explaining the value of their scholastic major in promoting peace.
She "wrote the check right there," said Adam Meyer, director of development for the campus' College of Liberal Arts. "That was a first for me, in terms of a faculty member."
But such contributions from faculty members are becoming more common, he said. When students nab such scholarships, "it makes them think very seriously about who they are and where they want to be in 10 years."
Tobin Stanley won't be involved in selecting recipients, but she hopes the money will go to "someone who wants to make the world a better place, not with violence."
If you are interested in giving to the Tobin Peace and Non-Violence Scholarship, you can do so by clicking here.