Application Process for Class of 2022

The country of focus for the Class of 2022 is Ghana, the first colonized country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence.  Ghana was once the center of West Africa’s slave trade and has been fraught with post-independence struggles and development obstacles. Ghana is a nation rooted in tradition, cultural richness and diversity and is a country that prides itself on its growth and progress.


The application process opens September 19, 2018 and closes on March 8, 2019 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 and making this long-term academic and global engagement commitment.
  • A brief statement identifying your strengths and how these might be useful to the Class and its projects.
  • After reading the article: “Effective cross-sector collaborations create sustainability” by Jessica Kritz, 2018 (, write a response to the following prompt. Please limit your response to 1,000-1,200 words.

As stated in the article “Effective cross-sector collaborations create sustainability” (Kritz, 2018):

“The community was frustrated with short-term projects led by internationally funded foreign investigators or collaborators, which resulted in time and resources taken from community members—but “nothing changed.”


How will you, as a 2022 Ghana Periclean Scholar, work to build effective collaborations and sustainable outcomes, with a community in Ghana and avoid the situation quoted above?  Consider your background and your experiences, how have they shaped your perceptions and interactions with the world, and how others in turn perceive you?

Please email your application materials (as .pdf files) to Professor Amanda Tapler, mentor for the Class of 2022 Periclean Scholars, at  Following the receipt of your materials, you will be contacted for a personal interview.  Please contact Professor Tapler at, if you have any questions about the Periclean Program or the application process.

If you came here to help me, then you are wasting your time.  But if you come because your liberation is bound up in mine, then let us begin.

-Lily Walker, an Australian Aboriginal Woman