The Peace Education Center (PEC) of Greater Lansing has announced the establishment of the Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award, to be given annually 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 inaugural award in spring 2013.
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 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 young people who strive to carry on Tom’s peacemaking legacy.
In announcing the award, Peace Education Center’s board member Terry Link said, “This award celebrates the young peacemaker, and can be used for purposeful travel or study. It will enable the recipient to contribute to a specific peace and justice endeavor.” 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. A projected endowment of $20,000 or more will enable the Center to award up to $1,000 annually.
For further information or to apply for the Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award, visit http://www.peaceedcenter.org/schneider-peacemaker-award/ or call 517-515-5634 or 517-651-2005. The award application PDF fillable form can be downloaded here, or a Word document here. Email inquiries may be directed to peaceedcenter[at]gmail[dot]com.
Donations to the Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award Endowment
Donations to the Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award Endowment may be sent to the Peace Education Center at 855 Grove Street, East Lansing, MI 48823. Check should be made out to “Peace Education Center” with the memo line “Schneider Peacemaker Award.” Donations may be made by credit card securely online here. Online donations should be designated as “Schneider Peacemaker Award.”