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Davis United World College Scholars

Program

Millions of micro-sized businesses in sub-Saharan Africa keep informal records, or none at all — but nearly all have smart phones. That’s where Ogugu comes in.

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They both grew up in Ethiopia, but Seile Aleyamehu first met Brook Mentire when she was a first-year student and he was a junior at their Portland, Oregon college. 

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When Amar Granulo (Bosnia-Herzegovina, UWC in Mostar, Hood ’19) wanted to organize a Red Cross Club at Hood last year, he had to explain to some American friends why this particular nonprofit mattered in his life. 

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Learn, earn, return! Listen to a message from Shelby Davis about the importance of giving back.

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At College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Anita van Dam ’19 (Netherlands, UWC Maastricht) has dug as deep into food issues as a student can, taking almost every related course.

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“Growing up in Afghanistan around a lot of people in difficult circumstances, I have been brought up to care for others, especially those who are vulnerable,” writes Rahila Muhibi (Pearson UWC, Methodist ’09). 

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With her political science degree from Northwestern, Isabella Picón ’12 (Venezuela, UWC Adriatic) plunged into her country’s turbulent politics.

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When she was 11 years old, Leisan Garifullina (Russia, UWC of South East Asia, Pomona ’20) says she realized “I was not creative enough.” 

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Within her family’s traditional culture in Senegal, going to school “was basically banned,” says Aminata Ka (UWC-USA, Smith ’18).

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After graduating from the University of Florida in 2012, Muchanga Mudenda moved to Lyon, France to work as an intern for LafargeHolcim, a multinational manufacturer of building materials.

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The duo Sofi Tukker — with Sophie Hawley-Weld (USA, UWC Adriatic) and Tucker Halpern — is setting the festival circuit alight with engaging energy and a distinctive, eclectic style.

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Growing up in southeastern Nigeria, Onyemauchechukw Justice Nwigwe (UWC-USA, St. Olaf ’18) looked up to his grandfather, a businessman and farmer. 

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It’s impossible to describe in a paragraph everything Tomás Álvarez Belón (Spain, UWC Atlantic, Georgetown ’18) has accomplished in college. Still, it’s worth a try.

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When Nouha Ezouhri interned last summer in the office of the Lake County state’s attorney, she observed the impact lawyers can have on people and families.

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“I honestly have no idea where I would be today if it were not for the UWC opportunity,” writes Ameen Amin (Iraq/Germany, UWC in Mostar, Westminster ’13). 

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Coming to a U.S. college can bring big challenges for international students. Many struggle, especially in their first year, with stresses that can range from isolation to financial and visa uncertainties. 

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As an engineer and a researcher working on modular robots at the University of Pennsylvania, “I am helping develop a novel, low-cost, high weight-to-strength ratio and high-extension arm,” reports Thulani Tsabedze.

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Daniel Kibet (Kenya, Pearson UWC, Earlham ’19) figures he has planted more than 10,000 trees. He’s been doing it with his father, a specialist in farm irrigation, since he was a small boy. 

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Earlier this year, Ediz Tiyansan (Turkey, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Dartmouth ’09) returned to the U.S. for the first time since his college graduation — this time as White House correspondent for TRT World.

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Stephen Moerane’s home country, Lesotho, has one of the world’s highest HIV rates, and he has lost a number of relatives to AIDS. 

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By The Numbers

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View the impact that the
Davis United World College Scholars
Program is having around the world

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Stories Worth Telling

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Read about how the program is changing
lives, communities, and higher education
in the U.S.

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World Impact

World Impact

Davis United World College Scholars
Program is the largest international,
undergraduate scholarship program in the
world.

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