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Success! Mikael Mörn’s Big Mountain Challenge

Mikael Mörn ’92 and member of the UWCSEA Foundation Leadership Council, climbed not one but three of the world’s most remote mountain peaks, Mount Ararat (Turkey), Mount Damavand (Iran) and Mount Elbrus (Russia) in 2018 in aid of generating funds for a new UWCSEA scholarship opportunity.

From astride a mountain peak, Mikael sent a message to the alumni community, inspiring them to get involved and help make a difference. And how they rose to the challenge! As a result, UWCSEA will open its’ doors to a new scholar in August 2019. The goal is to offer this scholarship to a young person who has come from difficult circumstances, potentially as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP), and give them the opportunity of a life-changing UWC education.

“I do not know a group of more positive and passionate leaders of tomorrow than UWCSEA graduates – within that cohort, the grit and determination of scholars, who have often risen from incredibly challenging circumstances, makes them changemakers to watch!” Mikael Mörn

Read Mikael’s expedition blog here.

A huge thank you to Mikael for undertaking this extraordinary feat in support of the UWCSEA Scholarship Programme. Not only did his challenge raise substantial funds, but it also saw members of the alumni community come out in droves to support and cheer him on, rooting for his success, every step of the way!

 

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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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Scholarships can create a better future for refugee students

Mahmoud, Class of 2019, is one of the two scholars supported by the UWCSEA community in 2016/2017 to receive a scholarship through the UWC Refugee Initiative. He joined UWC in September after being selected by the UWC National Committee for Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon.

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