For the UWC movement, the year 2018 is off to a fantastic start: Shelby Davis has just announced another major donation to UWC of 100 million USD! This is one of the most significant gifts ever made to a secondary educational institution.
Davis’ generous contribution has been pledged in support of the UWC movement’s scholarship fund and will be rolled out to UWC National Committees worldwide through the new Davis-UWC Dare to Dream programme. Dare to dream will provide additional scholarship funding of 5 million USD per generation of UWC national committee-selected students, to be used for 100 additional scholarships each year. The beneficiaries will be young boys and girls who would otherwise never be able to access a two-year, world-class educational experience abroad.
With regard to the scholarships made available to students admitted to UWC Adriatic in 2018-19, Shelby Davis' Dare to Dream programme will bring 6 students to Duino from Armenia, the Cayman Islands, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy and Turkey on top of the 59 scholarships that will be made available to the UWC NC system thanks to the College’s individual, corporate and institutional donors.
In making this tremendous pledge, Shelby said: "UWC provides a unique education to students from across the world independent of their socio-economic means. Each year, UWC national committees identify promising young people in almost 160 countries to attend UWC schools and give them access to an international education they would otherwise never even dare to dream of. We need to equip a new generation to work towards a better world. The Dare to Dream scholarships recognise UWC's capacity to do that and to bring together students from the most diverse backgrounds from around the globe. I hope it will encourage others to support UWC in eliminating a privileged socio-economic background as a prerequisite for world class education."
The Dare to Dream scholarships will be granted to UWC’s national committees in recognition of the paramount role they play in enabling UWC to educate students from the most diverse backgrounds. Scholarships will be allocated to national committees successful in fundraising and outreach to diverse pools of candidates.
The Dare to Dream programme puts real momentum behind UWC’s strategic goal of ensuring meaningful socio-economic diversity across UWC as set out in the UWC Strategy: 2018 and Beyond, approved in October 2017. Further information on Dare to Dream and what it means for the UWC movement is available on this page.