The Davis Projects for Peace has issued an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2017. The projects judged to be the most promising will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective of the Program is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and test their ideas for building peace throughout the world.

The Davis Projects for Peace were originally made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist. Upon the occasion of her 100th birthday in February of 2007, Mrs. Davis, mother of Shelby M.C. Davis who funds the Davis UWC Scholars Program, chose to celebrate her milestone by committing $1 million for one hundred Projects for Peace. “I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives – things that they can do during the summer of 2007 – that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world,” said Mrs. Davis in 2007. Despite Mrs. Davis’ death in 2013, the program is being sustained through the United World College Scholars Program.

To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written statement that describes the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact. This narrative must not exceed two pages. Applicants must also include a detailed budget of not more than one page. Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved parties and organizations that will play roles in the project. The two-page proposal (11-point type or larger) and one-page budget should be submitted electronically to Seven Grenier, assistant director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations at  Student queries should be directed to Seven Grenier at or 207-859-4341 as communication between students writing proposals and the Davis UWC Scholars office is prohibited.

Deadline for entries is Friday, November 18, 2016. For more information on the Projects for Peace initiative, please visit the Davis Projects for Peace website at: