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Davis Projects for Peace

Kathryn Wasserman Davis, mother of Shelby Davis, decided to celebrate her 100th birthday in a philanthropic and global fashion that was consistent with how she has lived her life.  Watching with interest the growth of the DUWCSP (95 colleges and universities now participate), she decided in 2007 to try out her idea of Projects for Peace donating $1 million and challenging all the students at “Davis Schools” to design whatever projects they felt would contribute to peace.  100 projects would be funded as a celebration of Kathryn’s centennial birthday. 

Kathryn was so gratified by the students’ projects in 2007 that she committed another $1 million for a second round of projects in 2008 to celebrate her next birthday in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well.  Mrs. Davis's vision lives on, even past her own life.  We mourn the passing of Mrs. Davis in 2013 and celebrate her legacy with continued opportunities to wage her projects for peace.  (Summary material provided by 2009 Projects for Peace: The vision of Kathryn W. Davis, a publication of the Davis United World College Scholars Program.)

Because of Skidmore College’s continued commitment to recruit, enroll, and support UWC graduates while on campus, all Skidmore students are eligible to apply for the remarkable opportunity of administering a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant.  All Skidmore based projects have enjoyed a tremendous amount of support from fellow students, faculty and staff of the college, and various members of the Saratoga Springs community such as elementary schools, churches, and local civic organizations.


Past Davis Projects for Peace

Year Project Country
2020 Enhancing the Experience of Underrepresented Vermont High School Students in STEM Uganda
2019 Air dan Terang: Providing Clean Water and Sanitation Solutions in East Nusa Tenggara Indonesia
2018 "Uman kombra, man kombra" (Our fathers and mothers) Sierra Leone
2017 Edutrer Mozambique
2016 Vaccinating for Peace Pakistan
2016 Mudyeshi Maldives
2015 Practicing Science for a Peaceful Haiti Haiti
2014 GreenCoal Movement Madagascar
2013 Klika (Click): Helping Children Click Start a Brighter Future  South Africa
2012 Swords to Ploughshares  Sierra Leone

Paz Movil (Peace Mobil):

Creating a Mobile Library to Resolve Conflict and Cultivate Peace in Rural Nicaragua



2010 Play for Peace  Swaziland
2010 Building Bridges: Sustainable Peace for the Children of Fallujah  Iraq
2009 Peace Through My Eyes  Guatemala
2008 Building Peace Through Empowering Women  Nepal
2008 Education for Peace: Expansion and Repair of an Amdo Tibetan school in China  China
2007 Project for Peace in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
2007 Tanzanian Secondary School Tanzania