The Sander R. Thoenes Memorial Scholarship Fund

In memory of Hampshire College alum Sander R. Thoenes (87F), a scholarship fund has been established that makes an annual award to Hampshire College students engaged in a Division III project. Sander was killed September 21, 1999 in East Timor while covering the arrival of UN troops in that region to curb pro-Jakarta militias' threats to the East Timorese following a vote for independence. Sander was a well-respected correspondent for the Financial Times of London and contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, the Moscow Times, Vrij Nederland, and other news media.

The scholarship aims to encourage studies by Hampshire students pursuing Division III projects in the areas of journalism, international and peace studies, which were Sander's principal academic and professional interests.

Priority will be given to students whose proposals address all three of these content areas. Additionally, proposals that address issues of social justice will be given preference. We believe that supporting scholarship that meets these criteria will ensure the continued practice of the values by which Sander lived.

Applications should describe specifically the objectives of the Division III project and its relevance to the aims of this scholarship. A committee consisting of Hampshire College professors of journalism, international studies, and/or peace studies will assist the Office of Institutional Advancement in evaluating the merits of these proposals and in deciding upon awardees.

For additional information or to make a contribution, please contact Susan Emerson Clapp ( in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Contributions should be sent to the following address:

Bank of Western Massachusetts Routing/ABA/Transit Number: 011802488

Beneficiary Name/Account Number: Hampshire College/08-001-01751

Please include donor's name and address and reference the Sander R. Thoenes Memorial Fund.