In 2015, UWC International announced a USD $15,000,000 funding boost through a gift by American philanthropist, Shelby M.C. Davis. Mr Davis’ gift acknowledges the continuing appeal of UWCs’ internationally recognised education model, which has deliberate diversity of the student body and education for community leadership at its heart. Each year through its global network of 15 schools and colleges, UWC provides unique educational opportunities for nearly 2000 students from more than 150 countries.
Contributions made through the Davis-UWC IMPACT programme will ensure UWC can continue to award places to students based on merit, irrespective of their background. Under the program, charitable donations from alumni and their families to the UWC institutions will be matched dollar for dollar, thereby doubling contributions.
Shelby Davis said: “The world needs extraordinary leadership to navigate today’s complex challenges, tensions and conflicts, as well as to make the most of new opportunities. The UWC movement is ideally suited to provide such leaders and we are privileged to support it.”
“We believe in the potential of UWC students and we believe in the power of leading by example – thus our decision to step up for UWC at this time. We hope many others will join us to provide more UWC scholarships for aspiring youth from all parts of the world.”