Almost one year ago we asked you to join us in making sure that $5K didn’t stop outstanding teenagers from conflict zones around the world from taking advantage of their full scholarship to come to UWC Costa Rica.
One year, 490 individual gifts, 232 big-hearted people like you, and $52,000 later we are proud to introduce you to the 12 students that you supported as they finish their first semester at UWC Costa Rica. Please click on this link to watch a message of thanks from our scholars: https://youtu.be/XOapBA2iK3M
Words cannot fully express how grateful we are for your continued support to UWC Costa Rica, to our students and to the UWC mission of making education a force to unite people across cultures, nations and socio-economic status.
This Tuesday, November 27th we will be closing this project page to celebrate that our goal has been matched. That day we will also be launching our new “Don’t Let $5K Stop Them!” campaign to support 12 new students who are dreaming about starting their UWC journey next August. We hope that you can join us once more to continue changing the future of a new generation of agents of change. Check out our new campaign at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dontlet5kstopthem/
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Sending you a very big abrazo (hug) from Costa Rica,
Class of 2008
UWC Costa Rica
We are proud to announce that through our global giving platform and outside donations we have not only successfully met our matching campaign goal but surpassed it!
Every dollar amount donated went directly to funding the education of our scholarship students who come from diverse backgrounds, both culturally and socio-economically.
Our incoming class of 2020 has over 40% of students with full scholarships. That is all thanks to this matching donor campaign! These scholarships are vital to our mission of making education a force to unite ALL people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
We received donations from alums, parents of alums and students, past and present board members, past and present staff, as well as continuing support from repeat donors!
This matching fund was also made possible because of the generous matching donors, the Costa Rican family and the Shelby-Davis foundations' ongoing support.
We welcomed Class 2019 & 2020 this past August. In the attached video you can see some images of the arrivals of some first years students to campus. From camps to tournaments and finally classes (with so much more in between), the campus has been alive with the spirit and diversity that comes along with the talented and gifted students you supported.
We are now a few weeks into the new school year here at UWC Costa Rica and what an amazing few weeks they have been! Classes are underway in Costa Rica. Halls are full of joy and happy faces on their ways to classes.
"Tuesday Night Dinners with Head and Deputy Head of School", started last week, where new students can share their backgrounds and dreams with our Head and his family and our Deputy Head
These are very exciting times. We are witnessing the development of a new generation of agents of change."
You did not let $5000 Stop Them from their dream to come to UWC Costa Rica!
Thanks to you and your support to the success of this campaign! We are welcoming 13 students instead of 10!
Please keep on helping us, the campaign closes on July 31st. We aim to provide plane tickets too!
Through this campaign UWC Costa Rica is welcoming 13 students on full scholarship, tuition, room and board are covered by the college, and personal stipendium for each student is covered by the generosity of more than 250 donors from all over the world.
The UWC Movement admissions process requires a strong collaborative work with the more than 150 National Committees distributed around the world. These committees work very hard to find the students that fill the requirements and profile to become a global leader, trained to promote peace. It is a very competitive process only about 10% of applicants are selected.
You are awesome! Your contribution to the cause made this possible.
The final selection process defined 13 students, 3 from Costa Rica, 1 from Ecuador, 1 from Venezuela, 1 from Barbados, 1 from Bolivia, 1 from Bangladesh, 1 from Yemen, 1 from Liberia, 1 from Kosovo, 1 from China, 1 from Macedonia.
The next time we will share with you their arrival to the school. Our students profile and a thank you letter/video from them!
Thank you again for making this possible,
One of the students in this picture from UWC Colombia’s selection process camp will be joining UWC Costa Rica thanks to your support!
At the core of the UWC experience lies our intentionally diverse community. This diversity wouldn’t be possible without the work of over 3,000 volunteers worldwide who lend their time, experience, and hope for a better world to invite young people in more than 159 countries to apply to become part of our movement.
Though every National Committee is unique –in response to the unique context of the country they serve –they all share one important thing in common: beyond selecting the future students of UWC they work hard to offer every young person that applies a transformational journey of self-discovery and empowerment as agents of change in their own communities and countries.
As you are reading this, the National Committees of Panama, Ecuador, Argentina, Pakistan, Yemen and Congo are in the midst of their selection processes. In the next few weeks they will host their selection camps where dozens of young leaders from across their countries –coming from different geographical, social, cultural, economic, and religious contexts -will meet and explore the agents of change within and learn together and from each other.
The Colombian National Committee –featured in the picture above –has already finished their process and are finalizing their nominations with their candidates and their families. Once the candidates and their families have accepted they will be ready to let us know who our future Colombian UWC Costa Rica student will be –and we can’t wait to meet him or her!
There are also some National Committees who are a bit ahead of the curve, like the Liberia National Committee who just sent us their student nomination. We are now getting to know this student and their family and starting the process to support them as they plan for their child’s trip all the way from Liberia to UWC Costa Rica.
As we get to know these students and their families, it fills us with great joy to share with them that alongside their scholarship thanks to you and 193 other generous members of our community we will support them in affording all the expenses related with traveling abroad and preparing for a brighter future through UWC. Due to the success of our campaign, we are increasing our goal to $75,000 in order to also cover airfare costs for 1 round trip ticket for all of these students.
You have made it possible for these families to feel embraced by our community from the very beginning and let them know that we stand with them.
Thank you for not letting $5K Stop Them!
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