The Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing is inviting nominations and applications for the fourth annual Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award, to be given to a graduating mid-Michigan high school senior who has acted to promote peace and justice, and who seeks to further those values in the world. The PEC plans to present the award(s) in spring 2016. Seniors from Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton county high schools, and from Laingsburg High School, are eligible.
The award is in memory of Tom Schneider, a local activist and Bath Township Supervisor, who touched every life he encountered, in our community and around the world. Tom was involved with the Abrahamic Community, Haven House, Peace Education Center, Bath Township Recycling Group, WKAR Radio Talking Book, Great Lakes Folk Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Looking Glass Community Services, Saint John’s Student Parish, and many other volunteer efforts throughout mid-Michigan. He died in the prime of his life on December 8, 2011.
Tom was a peaceful man who was a model of how we might build a more peaceful community. He excelled at “networking” before that term was ever coined, simply by being fully present to others, wherever he went, across the globe. Tom was a responsible world citizen, actively listening and engaging others to join him in the quest to create a better planet. The Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award hopes to recognize local young people who strive to carry on Tom’s peacemaking legacy.
In announcing the award, the Peace Education Center’s board member, Terry Link, said, “This award recognizes the young peacemaker for contributions toward peace and justice. It can be used for purposeful travel or study, or to develop skills or a deeper understanding of peace.”
The Peace Education Center plans to recognize the award winner at the student’s school, as well as at a public event to be announced soon. This year’s award will be determined in April and will be a minimum of $500. Last year, three award recipients received $500 each.
The 2016 Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award application/nomination form can be downloaded here.
For further information or to add a tax-deductible contribution to the Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award endownment, visit the 2016 Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award page here. Email inquiries to peaceedcenter[at]gmail[dot]com or call 517-515-5634 or 517-651-2005.