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Davis Projects for Peace

Care about peace? Want to do something meaningful this summer? Would $10,000 help you make that happen? In its fifth year, Davis Projects for Peace, is an invitation for undergraduate students (including current seniors) to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2012. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace.

To review successful proposals from past years and learn more about this award, visit: Watch a video by Career Services about the Davis Projects for Peace featuring one the 2009 recipients, Kirsten Mandala, here: 

Intentionally, no clear definition is offered so as not to limit the imagination. Students should define for themselves what a “project for peace” might be. The funding foundation hopes to encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall program (all 100 projects) is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including in the U.S. Groups of students from the same campus, as well as individual students, may submit proposals.

The Application Process

Reed is proud to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace by nominating at least one student proposal to the Davis foundation. For information about the application process, please visit the Reed Davis Projects for Peace Request for Proposals webpage.  

Applications are due Monday December 9, 2013 by 12 p.m. online. 

If you have questions or need help with the process please contact Career Services or SEEDS.

The McGill Lawrence Internship Award

Those students looking at the Davis Projects for Peace Award, may also want to consider the McGill Lawrence Internship Award, which is designed to offer Reed students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with a summer internship in the public or non-profit sectors. The McGill Lawrence fund awards $4,000 for a minimum of eight weeks of full time engagement to eight students. 

The 2013 Reed Davis Projects for Peace Award

A Peaceful Mind; A Brighter Future by Desmond Rgwaringesu '14

This project aims to establish a self-sustaining chicken farm at Gokomere High School in Zimbabwe which will generate funding for tuition, bicycles, meal plans and incentives for students who show remarkable academic improvement. This will help to narrow the academic achievement gap that currently exists between day scholars (usually first-generation students from poor rural backgrounds) and boarders (students from wealthier urban backgrounds). Long distances to school and low nutrition levels make concentration difficult for day scholars, and many are forced to miss lessons due to lack of tuition payment. Day scholars may also lack the support or motivation necessary to pursue education, resulting in a high dropout rate. This project aims to help such students in attaining education and achieving a brighter future.

The 2012 Reed Davis Projects for Peace Award

Peace Through Health Care by Gabe Butterfield '12 and  Michael Gonzales '12
The objective of this project is to provide critical and region-specific information regarding levels of antibiotic resistance to doctors at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua) in Managua. Locally sourced antibiotics will be tested to determine which drugs are effective versus counterfeit, thus allowing for more effective healthcare for children and adults.

The 2011 Davis Projects for Peace Award

In an effort to empower students and fight information-poverty, Suraj Pant '11 (Economics) established a computer lab at JanaKalyan Madhyamik Vidyalaya, the only high school in the remote Hungi Village Development Committee (VDC) in Western Nepal.

The 2010 Davis Projects for Peace Award

Erin Wilkus '10 built and maintained a language Resource Center in partnership with Tshulu Trust in a Venda community of South Africa. By overseeing construction of the center and dedicating two months' residency to developing a local support network, she hoped to provide the Venda community of HaMakuya with the tools needed to learn English, an invaluable skill which will open doors to education, employment, and socioeconomic mobility. Read more about Erin's experience on the Rosetta Stone blog.

The 2009 Reed Davis Projects for Peace Award

In 2009, the Davis Projects for Peace initiative awarded Reed students Kirsten Mandala and Skye Macdonald $10,000 to teach peaceful conflict resolution to traumatized orphans in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Read Kirsten's moving account about their preparations and experience in Rawanda.