On the 10 August 2015, UWC International announced a USD $15,000,000 funding boost through a gift by American philanthropist, Shelby M.C. Davis. Mr Davis’ gift acknowledges the continuing appeal of UWCs’ internationally recognised education model, which has deliberate diversity of the student body and education for community leadership at its heart. Each year through its global network of 15 schools and colleges, UWC provides unique educational opportunities for nearly 2000 students from more than 150 countries. The movement has an annual turnover in excess of £130 million and has recently invested £200 million in three new colleges in Armenia, Germany and China.
Contributions made through the Davis-UWC IMPACT programme will ensure UWC can continue to award places to students based on merit, irrespective of their background. Under the program, charitable donations from alumni and their families to the UWC institutions will be matched dollar for dollar, thereby doubling contributions.
Shelby Davis said: 'The world needs extraordinary leadership to navigate today’s complex challenges, tensions and conflicts, as well as to make the most of new opportunities. The UWC movement is ideally suited to provide such leaders and we are privileged to support it.'
'We believe in the potential of UWC students and we believe in the power of leading by example – thus our decision to step up for UWC at this time. We hope many others will join us to provide more UWC scholarships for aspiring youth from all parts of the world.'
Sir John Daniel, Chair, UWC International, commented: 'This is extraordinary news for the UWC movement which offers the most extensive scholarship programmes in the world for students in international boarding schools. But we are always striving to do more to further increase our student diversity. Shelby Davis has an outstanding record of supporting UWC, and we invite others who embrace the UWC mission to join him in giving us the capacity to reach more young people.'
Sir John added, 'With a new UWC college opening in China in September, this is an exciting year for UWC. This remarkable new commitment made by Shelby Davis makes us even more optimistic about the future and our mission of using education as a force for a more peaceful and sustainable world.'