Jacqueline D. Bass, a 2001 West Virginia University graduate from St. Albans, is one of the Rotary Foundations first class of 70 Rotary World Peace Scholars. Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman Luis Vicente Giay made the announcement April 18 at the non-governmental organizations briefing at the United Nations Headquarters.

The World Peace Scholars were selected through a competitive multi-level process to study at the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.Coming from 32 countries, the scholars represent a wide range of professional fields including law, education, diplomacy and the military.They will undertake graduate studies in international relations, peace and conflict resolution at the seven worldwide Rotary Centers.

All Rotary World Peace Scholarships are for two academic years and include round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board and other limited expenses.When completed, eachwill receive a two-year masters-level degree in international relations, with a focus on the roots of conflict and successful solutions to the worlds problems. They will also participate in an annual Rotary Center seminar.

Bass, who graduated with a dual major in Spanish and finance from WVU , will attend the Rotary Center at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Studying in the United Kingdom for the last year as a British Marshall Scholar, Bass is a candidate for a master’s degree in international studies and international economic management at the University of Birmingham in September.

She plans to continue her studies through to a Ph.D. in political science with an emphasis on international conflict. She is particularly interested in the role of economics in sustaining peace and the impact of cultural differences on negotiations. She hopes to work in negotiation and conflict resolution upon completing her studies.

Bass received numerous awards at WVU , including the prestigious Foundation Scholar award presented annually to only five West Virginia high school seniors.

The 1996 Charleston Catholic High School graduate is the daughter of Priscilla and William Bass, Jr. of St. Albans. Her grandparents are Johnnie and Betty Johnson of Beckley and Ethel Bass of the Bronx, N.Y.