College Students with Great Ideas + $10,000 = Foundations for Peace
Dartmouth College participates in the Davis Projects for Peace program, designed to encourage and support young people to create and test their own ideas for building peace. As a participant in the Davis United World College Scholars Program, Dartmouth students are invited to design grassroots projects that they implement in the summer. Now in its third year, the Davis program has enabled Dartmouth students, individually and in teams, to undertake projects around the world aimed at the promotion of peace.
The Davis Projects for Peace is 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 by committing one million dollars for 100 Projects for Peace. Because of the many marvelous achievements made by students in the summer of 2007, Mrs. Davis has continued to support Davis Projects for Peace.
All submissions are reviewed by a faculty and staff committee and the most promising projects (a primary and an alternate) are forwarded to the Davis Foundation for consideration.
The application deadline for projects undertaken in the summer of 2014 will be announced in the fall. For more information, email
We have been fortunate that every year since Project for Peace bega in 2007, our primary and alternate applicants both have been funded.
In 2007 Gabrielle Emanuel '10 and James Allison '10 provided college test preparation materials and assistance to Ugandan students to encourage application to US colleges. Erika Sogge '08 and Sarah Hughes '07 ran playwriting workshops for youths in Biloxi, Mississippi.
In 2008, Emmanuel Mensah '09, ran leadership workshops for Ghanian youth, while Lilian Mehrel '09 ran filmmaking workships with Israeli and Palestinian youths so that they could share their stories with each other.
In 2009, Sarah Schewe '10 and Julia Schneider '10 introduced a community garden in the Bronx.
Mahmud Johnson '13 promoted street youth schooling in Liberia during the summer of 2010. DeVon Mosley '13 worked with at risk youth outside Dallas to provide better role models to kids under pressure from a gang culture.