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La Roche College has received a $999,900 federal grant to support the Pacem In Terris Institute. The grant comes from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which engages in comprehensive programs aimed at conflict resolution and economic development in the developing nations of the world that support the transition to free market economies and political pluralism. The grant will be used to support the academic and housing needs of more than 90 students enrolled in the Institute.

“Through the Pacem In Terris program, we are helping to develop the leaders of the third world for the 21st century,” said Monsignor William Kerr, La Roche College president. “This federal grant represents an important investment in our efforts to spread peace through education.”

Kerr established Pacem In Terris (Latin for Peace on Earth) in 1993. The program provides scholarships to students from developing and post-conflict nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Once students graduate from the program, they agree to return to their homelands and apply what they have learned to improve conditions there. Since its inception, the Pacem In Terris Institute has enrolled almost 400 students from 27 countries outside the United States. The program has produced 55 graduates who are working in Bosnia, Macedonia, Croatia, Haiti and Rwanda. <

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