Project Pericles

The Periclean Pledge

Click here for a video version of the Periclean Plege.

We pledge to…

Listen to our partnering communities, acknowledging they often have the best solutions to local problems.

Learn about our partner communities’ history and traditions, to better engage in culturally-aware dialogue.

Assist our partners in community-run development projects that will enable their long-term success.

Responsibly study, document, and publicize our partner communities’ needs and desires.

Be committed to building life long sustainable partnerships, recognizing they take hard work and dedication.

Embrace our lifelong journey of global citizenship through intellectual and personal growth.


Application Process for Class of 2019

The application process opens September 1, 2015 and closes on March 11, 2016 at noon for first-year students.

There are three components to the application: (1) a letter of recommendation from a faculty person; (2) a letter of application; and (3) an interview with the Class Mentor. Applicants are notified of their acceptance prior to preregistration for fall semester.

The letter of application should include the following :
• A brief statement describing why you are interested in becoming a Periclean Scholar.
• A brief statement identifying your strengths and how these might be useful to the class and its projects.
• A written response to the following prompt. Please limit your response to 1,000-1,200 words.

In this article (, Afghan-American journalist Fariba Nawa describes the ordeal of young Afghan girls who are sometimes bartered by their families to pay off debts. Although the Periclean Class of 2019 will not be working in Afghanistan, the plight of that country’s “opium brides” is generally similar in complexity and scope to the social and economic issues in Sri Lanka that the class will likely engage with. As an Elon student (working collaboratively as part of a Periclean Class), what would you do to make a positive, meaningful, and sustainable impact on the problem of opium brides in Afghanistan? Your answer (approximately 1,000-1,200 words) must provide specific details regarding what you would realistically propose to do, and include a discussion of the resources available to you as an Elon student (physical, human, monetary, etc…) that could be utilized to attack this problem.


Following receipt of your materials, you will be contacted for a personal interview with Dr. Mathew Gendle, Mentor for the Class of 2019 Periclean Scholars. Please email your application materials (as .pdf files) to Dr. Gendle at Please have the letter of recommendation emailed to Dr. Gendle at, or sent through campus mail to him at Campus Box 2675.

Note: As soon as you decide to apply, please contact Dr. Gendle so your interview can be scheduled as early as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him at