NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s John and Mary Frances Patton Peace & War Center has awarded the 2021 Richard S. Schultz ’60 Symposium Fellowship to Larenz Simpkins, Class of ’23, of New London, Connecticut.

The Peace & War Center awards this annual fellowship, which includes a $2,500 grant, to an undergraduate student for a single project that may involve additional Norwich undergraduate students. The award follows wide solicitation and competitive selection.

Schultz Scholarship recipients present the outcome of their work at the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium set for Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 on the university’s Northfield, Vermont, campus. Simpkins’ research topic will align with the symposium’s 2021 theme, “Global Conflict or Cooperation? Evolving Arctic Security.”

Larenz Simpkins, who received the 2021 Richard S. Schultz ’60 Symposium Fellowship, is a triple major in political science, history and studies in war and peace.

Simpkins is a triple major in political science, history and studies in war and peace. He is also a member of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets and a member of the men’s rugby team.

Simpkins is a voracious reader with a broad range of topical interests including history, philosophy and literature. His research examines Russia and China’s conflicting interests in the Arctic and the effects of China’s claim as a “semi-Arctic” state on the power dynamics in the region. After graduation, he hopes to pursue graduate studies in history.

“The generosity of both the Schultz family and The Peace and War Center at Norwich provides an excellent opportunity to create new knowledge relating to my discipline and more importantly, a challenge that when undertaken with the necessary level of alacrity, can open the doors to new opportunities and experiences that otherwise would seem unattainable,” Simpkins said.

The Richard S. Schultz ’60 Symposium Fellowship was established in 2017 as an endowed fund in honor of “Dick” by his wife of 50 years, Myrna L. Schultz, their children Marni and Alan, and his classmates and friends.

The fellowship helps Norwich undergraduates from any academic discipline to pursue inquiry and experiences that will promote and expand their understanding of the past and how it affects the present and future.

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