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Davis United World College Scholars

Program

Helping to Unite the UWC Community

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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"Advocating for What Is Right"

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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The Heart of a Young Entrepreneur

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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Digital Collaboration for African Development

After she wrote her master’s thesis at UC Berkeley on job creation through technology in the informal settlements of Nairobi, Kenya, Christina Gossmann worked from 2014-16 for Digital Divide Data, a U.S. social enterprise with an office in Kenya.

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Building Creativity, Brick by Brick

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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Taking on Political Risk in Venezuela

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

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A "Global Ambassador" on Campus

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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Easing the Path for Fellow Internationals

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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Climbing the Ladder, with Eyes on Iraq

“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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Bringing the Data Revolution to Africa

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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A Robotics Engineer with a Passion Project

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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Growing a New Market for Farm Produce

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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A New Family Works for Broader Opportunity

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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A Duo's Catchy Music Energizes Fans

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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Covering Conflict, with Compassion

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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Stepping Up for the World's Refugees

“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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A Grassroots Boost for African Farmers

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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An Acclaimed Conductor on a Global Stage

“In late 2014, Elim Chan [Hong Kong, Li Po Chun UWC, Smith ’09] ascended the podium as a contestant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Donatella Flick Conducting Competition,” the Smith Alumni Quarterly reported last spring. “By the time she lowered her baton in the final round, she had bested 225 competitors to become the first woman to win the competition in its 25-year history.”

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How Catastrophe Led to a Life's Purpose

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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Cultivating New Solutions in South Africa

The winner of Amherst College’s first Nelson Mandela Scholarship, M. Ayanda Bam ’10 (South Africa, UWC Adriatic) traveled home after graduation to work as a senior manager on the Infrastructure and Climate Change Team for Adam Smith International, a London-based foreign-aid contractor.

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Alumnus Selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar

A 2017 graduate of Middlebury College, Mohamed Hussein, has been named a Knight-Hennessy scholar – one of 49 individuals selected to receive full funding to pursue a graduate degree from Stanford University.

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The Right Path

Pandit Mami (Colby, Class of 2014) thought he was prepared for his trip home to Freetown, Sierra Leone. He’d been there two years earlier, for his mother’s funeral, weeks after his graduation from Colby. The Ebola virus had begun to spread across the West African country, but she died of latent diabetes amidst the outbreak. Now, in 2016, with the outbreak over, he witnessed not recovery and healing, but his entire community still deeply troubled and broken.

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Davis UWC Scholars Create Projects for Peace Video

Ringling College of Art + Design students Elio Alonso Vasquez Miranda '17 (UWC Red Cross Nordic) and Andres Broennimann '18 (UWC Costa Rica) created a video highlighting the relevance of the Davis UWC Scholars Program. Traveling to several countries interviewing UWC graduates, their goal was to highlight the world about the exceptionality of the scholars and the worldwide UWC schools.

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Building Waste Solutions in India

Gauri Mirashi (India, Mahindra UWC, Whitman ’11) runs Civic Response Team, a start-up consulting firm in Aurangabad, her hometown in India, that works with government bodies to improve municipal systems for solid-waste management.

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Building on a Global Student Exchange

In her first year at Yale, Yijiao He ’18 (China, UWC Atlantic) took on too much and almost burned out. By year’s end, she writes, “I had stopped half of my extracurricular activities, and started to question what I was doing at Yale.”

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