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Introducing the UWCSEA Fund

As the school doors opened to another year in August, in poured the hurley burley brouhaha of excited children, chasing balls and friends, ideas and dreams. For new parents some things may have felt very familiar, it’s the bustle of any large international school, but spend a little time on the campuses and you start to pick up on the deep throbbing energy that is very particular to UWCSEA.

Here those wild, impassioned dreams, driven by hope, propped up by possibility and heady with optimism, are nurtured; challenged too, but not tormented to a mundane death of ‘it’s too hard’ or ‘unrealistic.’ It’s the pulsing UWC lifeforce that demands attention, where the inspiring ‘what if’s?’ and ‘why not’s?’ of students, staff and the community are ideas that are watered and grown because they could make our College, and this world, a better place.

Because we dream big, have huge goals and grand ambitions – like welcoming increasing numbers of scholars from the corners of the world to enrich the diversity of our student body, like greening our campuses as urban forests, and increasing our solar initiatives to lessen our carbon footprint, like introducing pioneering learning programmes and experiential initiatives to best equip students for life – then we need to go beyond the excellence expected of a great international school to the excellence expected of a great UWC.

Fundraising helps us fill that gap; so we are delighted to introduce the UWCSEA Fund – dedicated to advancing the philanthropic aims of the College and realising some of our most impassioned dreams. Since inception in 2008, the UWCSEA Fund has enlisted the support of the community to bring to life dreams like bringing more and more extraordinary scholars to the College, sustainability initiatives like Campus Composting and Solar for Dover & East (student-led initiatives) and the IDEAs Hub (a centre for entrepreneurship and creativity).

This week parents will have received a copy in the post box of the 2018 / 2019 UWCSEA Fund leaflet outlining our vision  – click here for an electronic copy.

Wishing the UWCSEA community a very happy half-term holiday. 

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Newsflash – two down, one to go!

In the words of the legendary Marvin Gaye “Ain’t no mountain high enough… to keep me from getting to you…” UWCSEA alumnus and longtime college supporter Mikael Morn is moving mountains to ensure more scholars of promise and potential benefit from a life-changing UWCSEA education. Mikael set himself the ambitious challenge of scaling not one but THREE of the world’s most remote peaks in just two short weeks – whilst raising money for a fully funded scholarship at UWCSEA. What’s more, he’s matching donations – ensuring a double impact from funds raised.

It’s an ambitious test of physical endurance driven by a tremendous passion and belief in the UWC mission. But nearly two-thirds of the way in, Mikael looks on track to reach his goal. He’s already summited Mount Damavand in Iran on 28th August, and Mount Demirkazik in Turkey on the 1st September. Follow his blog and join Mikael, albeit virtually, climbing the final peak, Mount Elbrus in Russia.

Support Mikael’s campaign.

As he embarks on this final ascent we hope he can hear the thunderous applause and heartfelt cheers of gratitude from the UWCSEA community – all the way from Singapore to Russia with love.

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Fund a flight brings 19 scholar families together for graduation

Gifts to the UWCSEA Fund positively impact our scholar community in so many ways. While the cost of the UWCSEA scholarship includes flights to and from Singapore, it does not pay for family members to fly in and celebrate Graduation. Fund a Flight is a remarkable programme that brings scholars and their family together for this momentous occasion.

This year, thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, 19 scholars in the Class of 2018 graduated with a family member by their side.

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UWC Refugee Initiative – one scholar’s journey from camp to campus

The UWC Refugee Initiative aims to support at least 100 students, per year, of refugee or stateless status to attend a UWC around the world. UWCSEA is a proud supporter of this vital initiative and through the support of the College community, is currently supporting two scholars to attend UWC Dilijan and UWC Mostar.

They are two of many refugee scholars currently living and learning the UWC values, below is the story of Bachir a UWC Costa Rica alumnus (2011-2013) who grew up in a refugee camp called Smara, in the Tindouf province of Algeria. After receiving a UWC scholarship to Costa Rica he received a further scholarship to study Engineering at Brown Univesity in the US.

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UWC Refugee Initiative – scholarship gives South Sudanese refugee fresh chance

The UWC Refugee Initiative aims to support at least 100 students, per year, of refugee or stateless status to attend a UWC around the world. UWCSEA is a proud supporter of this vital initiative and through the support of the College community, is currently supporting two scholars to attend UWC Dilijan and UWC Mostar.

They are two of many refugee scholars currently living and learning the UWC values, below is the story of Emmanuel, from South Sudan who is studying at Adriatic College in Italy. His scholarship was created by Anna Illy, of the famous Italian coffee roasting company Illy.

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