Middlebury proudly hosts Projects for Peace, a global program that partners with other educational institutions to identify and support peacebuilders and changemakers on our campuses.

Every year, 100 or more student leaders are each awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 to implement a “Project for Peace,” typically over summer break. Most grantees are undergraduates. The program encourages young adults to develop innovative, community-centered, and scalable responses to the world’s most pressing issues. Along the way, these student leaders increase their knowledge, improve skills, and begin to see themselves as agents of change.

Projects for Peace partners with more than one hundred colleges, universities, and other educational institutions each year. Most partners are U.S. colleges hosting Davis United World College Scholars. International philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis established Projects for Peace in 2007. On the occasion of her 100th birthday, Mrs. Davis committed $1 million for the first 100 projects. The Davis family has continued that commitment ever since. Read more about Mrs. Davis’ extraordinary life and legacy.

Kathryn Wasserman Davis

“I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives—things that they can do during the summer—that will bring new thinking to the prospects of peace in the world. My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war.”

– Kathryn Wasserman Davis (February 2007)

Our Global Reach Since 2007

139 Countries
161 Institutional Partners
1800 Projects
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