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Could $10,000 help you wage peace?

December 20, 2011

Davis projectsFor the sixth consecutive year, a $10,000 grant to fund a project proposed by any Skidmore student is up for grabs. Apply by Feb. 1, 2012 for the $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Grant and the winner(s) will spend summer 2012 implementing their project anywhere in the world, doing whatever they believe will foster peace in our time. 

The application requirements are a two-page proposal describing what you would do to engage peace, and where and how you would do it. What peace means to you and how you would engage it is up to the applicant to define. A one-page budget describing how you would spend the $10,000 is the only other part of the application that is due Feb. 1, 2012. A committee of staff, faculty, and past grant winners will determine the winning Skidmore project that will be granted the financial award. Projects are to be completed and a report written by Sept. 15, 2012; the specific timeline of your summer implementation is left up to you.Davis Projects for Peace were first funded in the summer of 2007 by philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who initiated a $1 million gift to fund 100 Projects for Peace in celebration of her 100thbirthday. She has renewed her pledge to inspire youth to wage peace each year on her birthday. Kathryn Wasserman Davis is the mother of Shelby C. Davis, who, along with his wife Gale established the Davis United World College Scholars Program, the largest private scholarship program for need-based undergraduate student scholarships in the world. The Davis United World College Scholars Program has been supporting Skidmore College student scholarships since 2004.

Skidmore is one of 91 colleges and universities joined by International Houses worldwide and granted the opportunity to fund a student- proposed project. A campus winner is selected along with an alternate. The alternates from all universities are reviewed by a Davis Projects for Peace committee for potential funding. Two Skidmore student-proposed projects were funded in the summers of 2007, 2008, and 2010, while one Skidmore project was been funded in each of the summers of 2009 and 2011. Projects have included the construction of a library at a primary school in Sierra Leone, the development and implementation of an arts curriculum in Guatemala, construction of a soccer field and expansion of a kitchen at an orphanage in Swaziland, as well the creation of a mobile library system in Nicaragua. 

More information about the Skidmore projects and guidelines on how to apply are available on the following here.

Please contact Darren Drabek, international student coordinator, with any questions , (518) 580-8155.

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