Summer 2013

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Scholars Bring Global Influence

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Davis Scholars program helps to increase and diversify Northwestern’s international population.

Every year Northwestern enrolls approximately 10 students from the United World Colleges. The first UWC was founded in 1962 in response to the Cold War era. The program is based in London. Students are selected by their home country to attend one of 12 United World Colleges in locations throughout the world.

In 2000 UWC supporter and philanthropist Shelby Davis and veteran nonprofit administrator Philip O. Geier co-founded the Davis UWC Scholars Program, which provides grant funding to partner universities in the United States that enroll UWC students to help those students afford to attend.

Aaron Zdawczyk, who manages the international financial aid program at Northwestern, said the Davis UWC Scholars positively influence the campus community. For example, Shekhar Bhende, a senior industrial engineering major from India who attended Mahindra UWC, founded Innovation for Emerging Markets, a student organization that developed market-ready products to address needs in developing nations.

The Davis UWC Scholar program has significantly improved the University’s international recruitment and international financial aid budget, according to Zdawczyk, and it is a model for other programs that will help increase and diversify Northwestern’s international population.