Scholarship programme

The UWC Refugee Initiative

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UWCSEA is proud to support the UWC Refugee Initiative and offer a beacon of hope to aspiring young refugees. Our contribution to this significant programme is the Kay Everett Scholarship Fund.

We are now witnessing the highest displacement on record. An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. * Figures  and data from UNHCR  

Each year UWC aims to offer up to 100 of these young people a unique educational opportunity at one of its schools and colleges around the world.

Frequently asked questions

1. Why UWC?

Make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future – The UWC Mission

There are currently 17 UWC schools around the world and each one delivers a challenging and transformative educational experience to a diverse range of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. The UWC movement was founded in 1962 with the vision of bringing together young people whose experience was of the political conflict of the cold war era, offering an educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding so that the students would act as champions of peace. All 17 members of the UWC movement remain committed to this goal today, but have expanded our reach to embrace the tensions and conflicts that exist within, as well as between, societies.

“UWC has a unique role to play in addressing global challenges by demonstrating the power of education to unite diverse groups of people. The young people we select meet others from all over the world, forming a unique global cohort. Together they will learn not only that they can excel in any field they choose, but also that they can become community leaders and help to find solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems.” Jens Walterman, Executive Director of UWC International

2. What is UWCSEA doing to help?

UWCSEA’s contribution to this significant programme is the establishment of the *UWCSEA Kay Everett Scholarship Fund. This fundraising programme was created by the Class of ’91 in honour of their fellow classmate, Kay Everett, Class of ’91  a humanitarian lawyer who dedicated her career to supporting refugees and individuals of stateless status. Unfortunately, she passed away in 2016, just days before her 25th UWCSEA reunion.

A gift of any amount in support of the UWCSEA Kay Everett Scholarship Fund will allow more students of refugee or stateless status to receive a UWC education.

3. Will a refugee scholar come to UWCSEA?

Not at present. UWC has successful refugee placement experience with UWC Atlantic College, UWC Mostar, UWC Red Cross Nordic and UWC Dilijan. These Colleges are also closer to where their families may currently be located and there is better access to support systems that have been specifically created to meet the unique needs of refugee and stateless children.

4. How will scholars be selected?

UWC currently has 156 National Committees around the World. These volunteer-run committees work with government agencies, local schools and charities to find students that demonstrate great promise and potential. As part of this global network, well-established refugee selections currently exist in Sudan, South Sudan, Palestine, Jordan, Nigeria, LebanonSyria and Iraq

5. What has already been achieved?

UWC has established a number of very successful donor partnerships to support refugee scholarships, including:

The UWCSEA Kay Everett Scholarship Fund is another giving partnership that will support refugee scholarships.

This Scholarship initiative is coordinated by UWCSEA Foundation. For more information contact

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