GoMakeADifference

Are you a UWC student, passionate about an issue somewhere in the world where you want to make a difference – but you don’t have the money to make it happen?

GoMakeADifference is a grant scheme for UWC students only. For an opportunity to win a grant of up to $1,000 and help you put your mission into action, apply today!

Who we are

GoMakeADifference was established in 2001 by Colin Habgood and Jill Longson to provide grants to UWC Atlantic College students. The concept was to allow students an opportunity to make a difference and put into practice the ideals of UWC.

Grant Process

If you have an idea which could help foster peace and a sustainable future by uniting peoples, nations and cultures, then apply for a GoMakeADifference grant. In 2016, GoMakeADifference grants will be rolled out to all UWC schools and colleges.

Projects Awarded

GoMakeADifference has awarded grants to students from various UWC Schools and Colleges, resulting in over 50 projects being delivered across 40 countries throughout five regions including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas & the Middle East.

Criteria

There will be 30 awards/grants per year of $1,000 now being made available to successful students.

Grants will be given to projects that demonstrate that they can make a difference.

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Applications for a 2017 award are now open.

Apply for a grant of up to $1,000 and put the mission into action when you leave!

GoMakeADifference – helping UWC people make a difference!

Are you passionate about an issue somewhere in the world where you want to make a difference – but you don’t have the money to make it happen?

GoMakeADifference was initially created by Colin Habgood and Jill Longson (Ac81) in 2001, to provide grants to UWC Atlantic College students. Since then, GoMakeADifference has awarded grants to students from various UWC Schools and Colleges, resulting in over 50 projects being delivered across 40 countries throughout five continents including Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America.

This simple concept, has helped around 500 participants to successfully deliver GoMakeADifference projects with thousands of people benefiting around the world. The results and reports from previous projects are a testament to the success of GoMakeADifference, its participants and the values of UWC.

We hope and expect that every UWC student wants to make a difference, as it is the essence of the UWC ideal of ‘making education a force’ GoMakeADifference provides students with the opportunity to put the energy and idealism into practice. Grant are awarded to successful projects to help students start their journey of making a difference and fulfilling living the UWC mission.

If you are passionate about an issue somewhere in the world, where you want to make a difference, but don’t have the money to make it happen – then, this grant could be for you.

As John Walmsley, Principal of UWC Atlantic College said:

“We pride ourselves in providing students with a truly international education that promotes peace and cultural understanding and that works to remover the roots of conflict. We aim to produce socially-minded individuals who are actively engaged in making the world a better place for others.”

GoMakeADifference can help students to make a difference to worthy local and global causes and allow them the opportunity to live the UWC Mission. Feel inspired and read the pages from previous GoMakeADifference award-winners and see how they have helped make a difference.

What are you waiting for?

If you have an idea which could help foster peace and a sustainable future by uniting peoples, nations and cultures then apply for a GoMakeADifference grant. In 2016, GoMakeADifference grants was for the first time rolled out to all UWC schools and colleges. 20 grants were awarded of £1,000 per project being awarded to successful students.

Testimonials

GoMakeADifference Initiative really allowed me to make a difference somewhere as well as allow me to understand how collaborative work and social engagement can be used to make a positive difference in the world. GoMakeADifference fosters that creativity that you’ve gained from Atlantic College and makes you understand that you can make a difference and an impact if you put your mind to it.

— Scott Dwyer (AC12), Clara Gurreso (AC12), Siobhan Weber (AC13), Zoological Enrichment of Animals with Nanjing Zoo