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University students are invited to participate in 100
Projects for Peace. The invitation is extended to selected America
colleges and university in the Davis United
World College Scholars Program (of which Methodist University is
one). It is an opportunity for all undergraduates to design their grassroots
project for peace that they themselves will implement in the summer 2014.
Through a competition of over 90 campuses, the 100 most achievable projects
will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.
Davis Projects for Peace is being funded by Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong
internationalist and philanthropist (who earned a B.A. from Wellesley,
an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva) who
is now over 101 years old. She is the mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who
funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program currently involving over 90 American
colleges and universities. Mrs. Davis feels some urgency to spark initiatives
for building prospects for peace in the world and so is committing $1
million to fund one hundred $10,000 projects for peace. She believes that
today's youth—tomorrow's leaders—ought to be challenged to
formulate and test their own ideas.
Past Davis Projects for Peace
Questions and Answers
What do you mean by "Projects for Peace"?
There is no specific definition for candidates as such stipulations may
limit imagination. The students have to define what a "project for
peace" might be themselves. The project should encourage creativity,
innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall program, all 100 projects,
is to be worldwide in scope and impact. It can be undertaken anywhere
and as grassroots as desired, including the U.S.
Who is eligible to design a "project
Undergraduate students at Methodist University (including seniors who
would complete their projects after graduation) are eligible. Groups of
students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit
proposals. You do not have to be a UWC Scholar to be eligible.
How does the funding for these projects work?
Mrs. Davis has committed $1 million to fund 100 projects for peace in
2010. While Davis funding per project is limited to $10,000, projects
with larger budgets are welcome as is co-funding from other sources (such
as other philanthropists, a college or university, foundation, NGO/PVO
or students' own fundraising).
How does a student (or group of students) make
To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written
statement which describes the project (who, what, where, how) including
expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages)
as well as a budget (one separate page). Proposals should include pre-approval
of all involved parties and organizations involved in the project. The
two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically
to the designated official at each campus as outlined below. This preliminary
application should be submitted to
no later than February 4, 2014.
How are these proposals submitted and judged?
Each involved campus has a designated official to coordinate the process
on each campus. This official, in ways s/he deems appropriate, will guide
the internal campus procedures for announcing and promoting the opportunity
to students, organizing the selection committee to evaluate the proposals
submitted, communicating results on a timely basis to the Davis UWC Scholars
office, and distributing the awarded grant funds for the winning proposal(s)
on campus. Final review and approval of all recommended proposals from
individual campuses rests solely with the office of the Davis UWC Scholars
Program which will then forward the appropriate grant funds to each school
with winning project(s).
How will the 100 grants be awarded?
The intention is to fund 100 projects, with at least one at each of the
Davis UWC Scholar schools. Therefore, all involved schools are invited
to select and submit one proposal for funding and one alternate proposal
that might be funded as well. Final decisions on all grants are made by
the Davis UWC Scholars Program office. Grants are made upon assurance
that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer.
Timetables for Proposals and Decisions
- All students must submit a preliminary draft to Ms. Lyle Sheppard,
Director of the International Programs at
by February 4, 2014, 5PM.
- Final proposals submitted to the International Programs Office by
February 4, 2014.
- Recommended proposals determined and submitted by International Programs
Office by February 10, 2014.
- Final decisions on all winning proposals rendered by Davis UWC Scholars
office to campus officials by March 10, 2014.
- All grant payment letters signed by recipient school and student
proposers due March 31, 2014.
- Any alternates selected will be finally agreed to in April 2014.
- Projects completed during summer of 2014.
- Final reports are due to the International Programs Office by September
What is required for each project's final report?
Each funded project must submit a final report to the Davis UWC Scholars
office by September 15, 2014. The final report is to be limited to two
pages of narrative using the final report form for 2014 posted on the
website. It also includes an additional one-page accounting of the funds
expended. Students have the option of including up to 3 digital photos,
attaching them to the end of their two-page final report. Final reports
are submitted on disk to the Davis UWC office by the authorized campus
contact. Reports will be posted on the program's website for all to see
and learn from.
Projects for Peace Forms
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