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Thank You for Helping Us Chase Our Dreams

By Fatmata Bah

My name is Fatmata Bah and I am one of your 10,000 Davis UWC scholars. I grew up in Sierra Leone and attended Li Po Chun UWC of Hong Kong. My dad is a tailor and my mom owns a small convenience store.

Not in a million years could they have been able to afford me the education that I am receiving today. They could not give me the financial support for this kind of education, but my parents taught me how to be a good human being that cares more about the common good than just themselves, kindness, and compassion.

At UWC, these principles formed the foundation for being a global citizen, a critical thinker and caring about the world. This amazing liberal arts education brought out the best in me and taught me how to combine my passion for medicine and internal development.

I am a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major, with a minor in global health and I am also a premed student. Despite my demanding class schedule and academic pursuits, I still find the time to apply for funding from the CCE and the Innovation hub to do grassroots development projects in Sierra Leone which will empower the most vulnerable in the community. This education helps me to give back to the community that helped shape me and drives me.

On behalf of all Davis UWC scholars, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us chase our dreams. Albarka.

This message was delivered by Fatmata Bah (Middlebury ‘20), to Shelby Davis at an event celebrating 20 years of the Davis UWC Scholars Program at Middlebury College.