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Whitman Celebrates Record Number of Davis United World College Scholars

By Bradley Nelson

Dozens of students holding flags from around the world.

Whitman College is proud to celebrate a record number of Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars enrolled for the 2023–2024 academic year.

“As we work to prepare our students for a world of constant change and complex challenges that reach beyond borders, Whitman College is pleased to once again welcome a record number of Davis UWC Scholars to our campus,” says President Sarah Bolton. “Our Davis UWC Scholar cohort is more than 100 strong this year, including 35 first-year students!” 

Founded in 2000 by philanthropist Shelby M.C. Davis, the Davis UWC Scholars program aims to “advance international understanding through education” and has grown into the largest, privately-funded, international scholarship program for undergraduate students in the world.

Whitman College has been a UWC partner school for more than two decades. Although the numbers of students admitted to Whitman College were modest in earlier years, those numbers have increased dramatically in recent years through focused efforts from the Office of Admission. 

This year’s cohort of 101 Davis UWC Scholars represents more than 60 countries on five continents. These scholars have many varied perspectives and backgrounds as do other international students who enroll at Whitman through different paths. Both are an important part of ongoing recruitment efforts at Whitman College.

At a recent Globe Ceremony held on campus (pictured), first-year Davis UWC Scholars received commemorative glass globes representing their leadership potential and celebrating their Whitman College experience.

To receive a Davis Scholarship, United World College graduates must apply to a designated Davis partner school and be accepted on their own merits. For more information on Davis UWC Scholarships at Whitman College, contact the Office of Admission.

Published on Oct 6, 2023
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