Davis Projects for Peace
Kathryn Wasserman Davis, mother of Shelby Davis, decided to celebrate her 100th birthday in a philanthropic and global fashion that was consistent with how she has lived her life. Watching with interest the growth of the DUWCSP (92 colleges and universities now participate), she decided in 2007 to try out her idea of Projects for Peace, donating $1 million and challenging all the students at “Davis Schools” to design whatever projects they felt would contribute to peace. 100 projects would be funded as a celebration of Kathryn’s centennial birthday.
Kathryn was so gratified by the students’ projects in 2007 that she committed another $1 million for a second round of projects in 2008 to celebrate her next birthday in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well. Mrs. Davis's vision lives on, even past her own life. We mourn the passing of Mrs. Davis in 2013 and celebrate her legacy with continued opportunities to wage her projects for peace. (Summary material provided by 2009 Projects for Peace: The vision of Kathryn W. Davis, a publication of the Davis United World College Scholars Program.)
Because of Skidmore College’s continued commitment to recruit, enroll, and support UWC graduates while on campus, all Skidmore students are eligible to apply for the remarkable opportunity of administering a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant. Two projects were awarded to Skidmore students in each of the summers of 2007, 2008, and 2010, and one project in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. All Skidmore-based projects have enjoyed a tremendous amount of support from fellow students, faculty, and staff of the college, and various members of the Saratoga Springs community such as elementary schools, churches, and local civic organizations.