Middlebury Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Davis UWC Scholars Program

Middlebury College is proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Davis United World College Scholars Program April 29. This commemorative event will bring faculty, students, staff, and alumni together to learn more about the program and hear powerful stories from the founders and scholars touched by this life-changing educational program.

From 4:00pm to 5:30pm in McCullough Social Space, editor of the Middlebury Magazine, Matt Jennings, will interview the co-founders of the program, Shelby Davis and Phil Geier, as well as three alumni, including Helene Songe '04, Yohanne "Kido" Kidolezi '05, and Livia Vastag '07, on their experiences beyond Middlebury's campus.

Helene Songe, originally from Norway, is currently working at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near Middle East (UNRWA) in Damascus, Syria. Prior to this position, she held an internship in political reporting at the Norwegian embassy in Damascus, volunteered for Simon Bolivar UNited World College in Ciudad Bolivia, Venezuela, and obtained her master's degree in development studies at SOAS, University of London. This summer she will be attending the Middlebury Arabic Language School on a KWD Fellowship.

Kido, born in Tanzania, is currently pursuing his master's degree in business administration at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to going to graduate school, he worked at Analysis Group as an analyst in Boston.

Livia, originally from Hungary, is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, conducting research in the field of virology, with hopes to become a teacher or professor back in her home country. At Princeton, she was awarded the George B. Rathman '51 Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry for a top first-year student interested in biotechology or chemical biology. She has also been awarded the Hugh Scott Taylor Merit Prize in Chemistry. She is married to fellow Davis UWC scholar Petar Mitrevski '07.

Cross Cultural Community Service Fund

The Cross Cultural Community Service Fund (CCCS) supports international community service, advocacy, and activism. The fund is endowed by a Middlebury Class of 1987 alumnus and supports international service-learning and community-building internships and/or related volunteer service opportunities for undergraduate students. These internships and service initiatives may be student designed; preference is given to those opportunities in a culture distinctly different from the applicant’s background. Funds are available throughout the academic year and for summer experiences. CCCS grants can also be used to attend conferences or events (e.g., travel, registration fees, etc.) with an international theme in the U.S. 

While there is no maximum amount for which to apply, typical grants range from $250-$750. Funds are limited and grant amounts are decided in part based on the intention to support as many student initiatives as possible.  Students will typically receive $500 to support Winter Term internships and $750 for summer experiences. If a group of students wishes to apply for a grant from this fund, all student names may be included on one application.  

For more information and to apply, please download and complete a FY15 CCCS grant application and proposed budget. Sample budget also available. If your project or request will require missing any classes, complete an absence approval form.

Completed forms should be returned by mail or email to Tiffany Sargent, Director, Community Engagement. Please note that the forms should be submitted well in advance of when the funds are needed. Processing of requests and checks may take 2-3 weeks.

CCCS grants promote international civic engagement initiatives not otherwise fully funded by a department or student organization budget.


Celebrating 10 Years of Global Education

Middlebury College is proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Davis United World College Scholars Program April 29. This commemorative event will bring faculty, students, staff, and alumni together to learn more about this world-changing program and hear powerful interviews from the founders and scholars touched by this educational program. Read more.


Jeffrey Cason

Study Abroad, Latin American Politics

Dean of International Programs, Knox Professor of Inernational Studies and Politics


Arts Staff Advocates For Foreign National Visiting Artists

Allison Coyne Carroll (staff, MCFA) spends her free time advocating for simpler immigration and taxation policies for foreign national visiting artists. Allison attended Arts Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in March 2009, and met with Senator Leahy (who is also Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations) to champion for improved visa processing, and ensure Middlebury can continue to present premiere performers from around the globe. (Picture here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsmaple/3796111640/ )