Jessica Kay Lucas is the candidate selected by the Rotary Club of Denton to receive a $40,000 Global Scholarship.
A Senior at The University of North Texas(UNT), she will graduate in 2020 with dual degrees in Political Science and History. This candidate has already applied to The London School of Economics and Political Science. She will ultimately pursue a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Her Area of Focus is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
She will begin by obtaining a MRes in Political Science (Master of Research) degree. This is a single year research program requiring her to satisfactorily complete:
A research design class
Two research methods courses
o Qualitative Methods in the Study of Politics
o Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
A field seminar class
o Global Politics
A research prospectus of no more than 10,000 words
She will graduate from this program in the Fall of 2021.
The MRes and PhD programs in Political Science at this institute are joined. So, after completing her MRes, she will continue directly into the PhD program at the same university.
Jessica's primary area of interest is in promoting human rights during conflict and under authoritarian rule. She intends to use her degrees by conducting policy-oriented research within an intergovernmental organization, an international non-governmental organization, or at a university that aims to prevent abuses of human rights and provide justice for those who have already suffered violations. Ultimately she will obtain a law degree in addition to her PhD in order to assist in the protection of human rights in a more practical manner, such as through work with prosecutors in the International Criminal Court.
Housing: While studying in London our student will need living accomodations. Regardless of whether she is on or off campus, housing is between $6,500 and $7,500 per semester, Single and multi student dwellings are available. Wi-Fi and utilities are typically included in those room costs.The London School of Economics and Political Science website offers a large variety of rooms and apartments both on and off campus, for international students and housing assistance is available.
Tuition: Her largest expense will be her tuition as an international student. She has applied for other scholarships in addition to this one and plans to meet that financial goal through those scholarships as well as family funding.
Travel: Travel to and from the US is not a factor, as her father is an airline pilot and she can travel under that benefit.
The cost of textbooks and public transportation have not yet been determined. She may need to travel to Europe for research assignments but that is outside the scope of this global grant.
The Rotary Club of Denton is working with the Inbound Scholar Coordinator in District 1130 (London) to help us find a Host club. Typically the host clubs begin interviewing and accepting international students in December. We are currently 7th on the list of clubs requesting a host club for our scholar.
Rotary Club of Denton will assist both our scholar and any potential host clubs. We will be available for video conferencing with our scholar and are prepared to send all documentation to potential host clubs when requested to do so.
Moving forward, Rotary Club of Denton plans to meet our global scholar's family, to get to know them and let them know that we will be their conduit to the Rotary host club in London.
Certainly the more support our scholar knows she has both at home and abroad, the easier her transition to international studies will be, resulting in a successful experience.