Gifts to the Annual Fund, through UWCSEA Foundation positively impact our Scholarship Community in so many ways. From fully funding a two-year IB Scholarship experience for a student of great promise and potential to funding additional activities that will make their UWC experience an even more rewarding one. Examples of this include supporting scholars to take part in the pioneering Initiative for Peace (IfP) initiative or representing the College in a SEASAC competition.
Thanks to generous gifts to the College, a number of scholars have been able to make the long journey home to see their families during the December break. When a student receives a scholarship to study at UWC, they receive flights from home country to their UWC destination at the start and end of each academic year. Many of our scholars travel great distances to take up their places at UWCSEA. Some have never been away from home before and the thought of not seeing parents, family and friends for over 10 months can be unsettling. December flights home can make a huge difference to them.
Sunhay, Class of 2016 from Cambodia:
"It was such a great opportunity to visit my family in Cambodia. I got up early to jog with my mum, helped with my dad's business and I met up with my friends and flew kites."
Jesus, Class of 2016 from Mexico:
"This is the first time away from my country and the longest time away from my family. Thanks to you I'm really excited as I can now go home for Christmas and I really appreciate this opportunity you have given me. I want to hug and kiss my sister as I missed her birthday in October."
Some of our scholars are unable to return home for a number of reasons, but the gift of a flight allows them to spend time with friends and make the most of the holiday:
Sia Cecilia, Class of 2016 from Sierra Leone:
"I feel so lucky to have received such a generous and selfless gift. It was not possible for me to go home due to the Ebola outbreak and so instead I was able to take up a very kind invitation to spend the break with my friend's family in Kolkata."