$15 million student awards programme announced by United World Colleges

UWC International has announced a $15,000,000 funding boost.

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The gift will mean that United World Colleges (UWC), most of which are international schools located around the world, can continue to award places to students based on merit, irrespective of their background.Founded in 1962, UWC now has 15 schools and colleges on five continents. The majority of these are two-year residential colleges following the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, a qualification that UWC played a major part in developing.UWC's international schools and colleges provide educational opportunities for nearly 2,000 students from more than 150 countries and say that they offer the most extensive scholarship programmes in the world for students in international boarding schools. Currently 75 per cent of UWC students receive either full or partial financial assistance.Through the gift by American philanthropist Shelby M.C. Davis, charitable donations from alumni and their families to the UWC institutions will be matched dollar for dollar and in so doing will double contributions. The donation from Shelby Davis acknowledges UWCs' education model which focuses on deliberate diversity of the student body delivering an education that is focused towards community leadership.Shelby Davis said, "The world needs extraordinary leadership to navigate today's complex challenges, tensions and conflicts, as well as to make the most of new opportunities. We believe in the potential of UWC students and we believe in the power of leading by example – thus our decision to step up for UWC at this time."Application to a UWC college varies from country to country but is typically conducted via one of UWC's national committees which exist in over 150 countries. More information about applying is available at www.uwc.org.UWC recently invested £200 million in three new colleges in Armenia, Germany and China. The new college in China, UWC Changshu is welcoming students for the first time this September (2015).For more Re:locate news and features about education and schools, click here

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