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Davis UWC Scholars Add International Diversity to Duke’s Campus

10 students from UWC schools pose with a hand-painted banner that reads 'UWC WE <3 PEACE'
Students coming from UWC schools took this photo on campus for the International Day of Peace.

Of the more than 200 new international undergraduates on campus this year, six are Davis UWC Scholars coming from a United World College school. United World Colleges are two-year high schools that offer the International Baccalaureate diploma for students deemed to have exceptional promise and potential. The growing UWC movement has schools located in 17 countries including the United States, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand, among other countries.  

Currently, 38 Duke students are Davis UWC Scholars, coming from a range of home countries including Lebanon, Ghana, Indonesia, Albania and the United Kingdom. 

The Davis UWC Scholars Program was co-founded in 2000 by philanthropist Shelby M.C. Davis and international educator Philip O. Geier, and provides grants to partner schools to help support need-based grants. 

“The Davis UWC Scholars Program has helped to bring to life Duke’s commitment to become a truly global community. By attracting these outstanding students, Duke is enriched by their energy, international perspectives and their diverse life experiences,” said Anne Sjostrom, associate dean for Undergraduate Admissions.