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Davis United World College Scholars

Program

Building Solar Power and a Choir

Thandolwethu “Shakes” Dlamini (eSwatini, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Duke ’20) delayed his college graduation to work for a year in Lesotho as a mechanical engineering fellow for OnePower.

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Boosting Women toward Business Careers

Claremont McKenna College has a number of preprofessional student organizations — but when Mei Masuyama ’19 (Japan, UWC of South East Asia) came to campus, there were none for female students interested in business careers. 

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COA Senior Wins Prestigious Watson Fellowship

Moni Ayoub ’19 (College of the Atlantic, UWC Adriatic) will travel the world for a year exploring the roles and stories of women and mothers, and how different societies are addressing domestic violence, following the award of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

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A Public-Housing Expert on Wheels

The summer before Linda Worden (Canada, Pearson UWC, Williams ’19) was to begin a junior year abroad at Oxford University, a fire took 72 lives in West London’s 24-story Grenfell Tower apartment building.

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Alternative Power for an Aspiring Engineer

In the autumn of her first year at Northwestern, Ieva Stakvilevičiūtė (Lithuania, Red Cross Nordic UWC, Northwestern ’20) first saw a sun-powered car built by the NUSolar student team.

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Putting London’s Spare Food to Work

Why shouldn’t day-old pastries help to educate low-income kids? That’s the concept behind DayOld Eats, an enterprise co-founded in London by Josephine Liang (China, Mahindra UWC, Colorado College ’16). 

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Why Wait to Make a Difference?

In his first year at the University of Oklahoma, Pranav Mohan ’19 (India, UWC of South East Asia) started “Money Spent Right,” a campaign promoting personal philanthropy.

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A “Serial Entrepreneur” Gives Back

Describing himself as “a passionate philanthropist, sailor and a serial entrepreneur,” Djordje Hinic (Serbia, UWC in Mostar, University of Richmond ’13) reports that he “worked in U.S. politics as a strategist and a fundraiser, in a global IT company as a business development manager, in higher education as a lecturer, in nonprofits as a director, has served on a number of boards,” wrote a book on sales, and recently started his own consultancy, Perpetuum Projects.

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Bringing Faith and Science Together

When Wed Al-Nod (Yemen, UWC Atlantic, St. Olaf ’19) stepped up to the pulpit last October at St. Olaf College’s Boe Memorial Chapel as the featured speaker in an interfaith service, she spoke about science. 

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Rowing Across the Atlantic for UWC

UWC changed his life. To give others the same chance, Terence Steinberg (USA, UWC Adriatic, Macalester ’11) will soon put his life on the line in a project he’s calling the United World Challenge.

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Spreading Math Passion in Mexico

As a public-school student in Guadalajara, Mexico who loved math and wanted to compete in national competitions, Cuauhtemoc Cruz Herrera (UWC-USA, Macalester ’19) approached several private schools that had math clubs. They turned him away.

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Working to Build Modern Systems in Nepal

Because his nation is still developing the expertise needed for major infrastructure projects, Kevin Lal Shrestha (Nepal, Li Po Chun UWC, Franklin & Marshall ’16) works with his father, Prabin Shrestha, as consultants and representatives for foreign firms involved in the projects.

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I Just Want to Make a Difference

Before she entered UWC, Lidia Mandava (Mozambique, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Cornell ’20) thought she was headed for a career in science or engineering. But “the community service aspect at Waterford — and just the community — made me realize how much I wanted to focus on international relations.”

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Applying Geoscience to Energy Development

“Math, computation and technology will forever add substantial value in safely unlocking the world’s vast amounts of energy resources,” writes Ricardo Kabila (Angola, Waterford Kamhlaba UWC, Connecticut College ’13), who today applies some of those advances as a geoscientist/ geophysicist with ExxonMobil.

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A Role Model in Cambodia

He’s been on leave this academic year from his job as Cambodia’s deputy chief of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Office at the Ministry of Commerce — but Imsouchivy “G.V.” Suos (Cambodia, Li Po Chun UWC, Luther ’15) continues to be a busy man.

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African Answers for an Energy Crisis

With phone-charging costs alone nearly 400 times higher than in the U.S., “rural sub-Saharan Africans, most of whom live on less than $1 U.S. a day, also face some of the highest energy fees in the world,” writes Paul-Miki Akpablie (Ghana, Li Po Chun UWC, Colorado College ’16). 

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An EcoRep Helps to Clean the Green

Not every college student can say that by the end of their first year they had been part of making a visible difference on campus. But as an EcoRep intern for the Dartmouth Sustainability Office, Meriem Fouad (Morocco, Red Cross Nordic UWC, Dartmouth ’21) and three fellow interns carried out a recycling campaign for food containers that’s preventing up to seven tons of waste annually from going to the landfill

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A Better Deal for Female Coffee Growers

“Women own 25% of the world’s coffee farms and make up 70% of the workforce in the coffee-growing process,” writes Abhinav Khanal (Nepal, Pearson UWC, Earlham ’16). “Yet they earn 39% less than their male counterparts, have lower yields, and are regularly challenged with lack of finance and gender-based discrimination.”

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Making an Impact with Affordable Ingenuity

One good example of what excites Marta Manzin (Italy, UWC in Mostar, MIT ’19) about her work at MIT’s Little Devices Lab is the water- and blood-testing device she helped to make that’s built into a stapler.

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Helping Africa’s Youth Find Answers

While he was earning a 2014 master’s degree in teaching at Smith College, Mopati Morake (Botswana, Li Po Chun UWC, Williams ’11) mentored inner-city youth in Springfield, Mass. and taught history at a Northampton high school. Then he joined the faculty of the African Leadership Academy, a highly selective, residential secondary school outside Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Educating Young People for a More Equitable Future

Hans Cabra (Colombia, UWC Red Cross Nordic 2003-2005) has dedicated his life and work to creating educational opportunities for youth, promoting social justice and equal opportunity for all. Growing up in Bogotá, he never imagined his life would take him to some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world, where he would learn how to best serve his home community and others like it.

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Emma Smith ’16 Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Emma Smith, (Duke ’16, UWC-USA) cofounder and chief operating officer of Eversend, a mobile-wallet payment system for consumers in Africa, was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list. 

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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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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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Waste Not — Josephine Liang ’14 Gives Day Old Food New Value

On Josephine Liang’s first day at UWC Mahindra College in India, she opened the school handbook to find a statistic on the first page that would stick with her for more than a decade. The cost of one semester at UWC, the handbook explained, could fund the education of 40 school children in the local area.

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