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GoMAD is a grant scheme for UWC students.  It is an opportunity to win a grant of up to £1,000 and help students put their mission into action.

GoMAD was created by Colin Habgood and his wife Jill Longson, class of 1981, to provide grants to UWC Atlantic College students. The concept allowed UWC Atlantic College students an opportunity to make a difference and put into practice the ideals of UWC. In 2016, the award was rolled out to all UWC Schools and Colleges, with 20 grants of £1000 each being made available to help students make a difference.

These were the submissions from UWC Atlantic College this year:

  • Children and Teenagers have something to say by student Junior Alexis Sanchez Prado, class of 2016, from Peru
  • Ebola orphans zero stigmatization by student Abu Bakarr Conteh, class of 2016, from Sierra Leone
  • Lus-ycling by student Kirsty Hawke, class of 2016, from the UK
  • Paint the World by student Lika Torikashvili, class of 2016, from Georgia
  • Fighting Infant Mortality in Burkina Faso by student Eli Olivia Tienin, class of 2016, from Burkina Faso
  • A Sustainable Change by student Lior Hamovitz, class of 2016, from Israel
  • Atlantic Pacific Tsunami Boat Project by student Gabriel Moberg, class of 2016, from Sweden
  • Go Kijani by student Sanae Kiunsi, class of 2016, from Tanzania
  • MissionK.2016 by student Salvador Silva, class of 2016, from Portugal

All students provided excellent presentations. Sian Jones, class of 1974, from the UK and Tim Leyshon, class of 1981, from the UK were part of the judging panel. Sian has a long-standing association with GoMAD and has been part of the selection panel, which awards financial grants, for a number of years. Ann Goodwin was also part of the panel and is running the GoMAD administration. 

The following students were awarded certificates for a GoMAD grant of £1,000.00:

  • Abu Bakarr Conteh
  • Eli Olivia Tienin
  • Gabriel Moberg
  • KirstyHawke
  • Junior Alexis Sanchez Prado
'I am learning that all we need is the right kind of motivation in order to pursue our dreams.’

Marvellous John, class of 2016, from Nigeria

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