Projects for Peace
Projects for Peace is an initiative for all Lewis & Clark College undergraduate students to design their own grassroots projects for peace that they themselves will implement anywhere in the world during the summer. The Projects for Peace program began in 2007, and Lewis & Clark students have applied and won at least one of the grants each year since then.
A $10,000 award is given annually to an individual or group (undergraduates only) that submits the winning proposal.
Funding for the $10,000 award comes from Mrs. Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a lifelong internationalist and journalist, who celebrated her 100th birthday in February of 2007 by donating $1 million for 100 grants stating, “I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world.” Mrs. Davis was the mother of Shelby Davis who funds the Davis United World College Scholars Program at Lewis & Clark College and at 91 other colleges and universities in the United States. What began as a one time birthday grant has become an annual program.
An open information session about the 2021 Projects for Peace grant program and the winning program in 2019 took place from 4:00-5:00PM PDT on Thursday, October 15, 2020. It was recorded and you can view it here.
A working session to get feedback on proposal ideas from the Projects for Peace committee members is being planned. Date & time TBD. Check back here for more details.
The application deadline for 2020 Projects for Peace grant proposals is Monday, November 16, 2020 by 4:00 PM PST.
If you would like to share your ideas or ask questions of other applicants, you can send an email to the Projects for Peace listserv at: email@example.com.
For more information, contact:
Brian White, Associate Dean of Students
Projects for Peace
c/o International Students and Scholars - MSC 192
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219
Winning Proposal 2020
Espacios de Autocuidado: Awareness and Healing for Women in Iztapalapa, Mexico City Daniela Zamora Alcaraz’20, Mexico, Lewis & Clark College
Student: Daniela Zamora Alcaraz ’20
Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Davis Foundation has postponed funding for all 2020 Projects for Peace. Consequently, this project has not yet been completed and there is no final report or budget for it.
Winning Proposal 2019
Sports Education for Social Transformation: “Proyecto Deportivo FTM Ecuador”
Student: Maria Laura Andrade Laso ’18
Sports Education for Social Transformation: “Proyecto Deportivo FTM Ecuador”—Winning Proposal and Budget
Winning Proposal 2018
Environmental Education Summer Camp to Empower and Inspire Haitian and Dominican Girls
Students: Samantha Hernandez ’21 and Yeny Soler Sandino ’21
Winning Proposal 2017
Planting the Seeds of Peace Ambassadors in Northern Uganda
Students: Nellie Trenga-Schein ’17, Max Clary ’18, and Seren Villwock ’19
Winning Proposal 2016
Teamwork Through Verbal Communication, Leadership and Goal Achievement- The Advancement of Youth-Cairo, Egypt
Students: Hamdan Alameri ’18, Burnley Truax 17, Reham Bahauddin ’16, Jessica Rosenblatt ’17, Isabella Irtifa ’18
Teamwork Through Verbal Communication, Leadership & Goal Achievement-Final Report and Budget
Winning Proposal 2015
Teaching Tolerance Through Computer Education in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Students: Valcourt Honore ’17, Kayla Nachtsheim ’15, Parul Sohal ’17
Winning Proposal 2014
Teaching to Build Trust, Connections & Friendship in Taunggyi, Shan State, Myanmar. Students: Nway Khine ’15 and Sam Shugart ’15.
Winning Proposal 2013
Women’s Dance and Self-Defense for Peace & Empowerment. Students: Miranda Benson ’13 and Hillary Patin ’14.
Winning Proposal 2012
YES! Youth Engagement for Somalis. Students: Nima Mohamed ’15 and Hannah McCain ’12.
Winning Proposals 2011
Lewis & Clark is proud to announce that the College won two 100 Projects for Peace awards in 2011!
Drilling Well, Providing Clean Water and Promoting Peace in Borena, Ethiopia. Students: Brook (Selam) Mentire ’11, Leah Scott-Zechlin ’11, Mihret Teklemichael ’12, Temesghen Habte ’12, and Seile Alemayehu ’13.
Tools for Tolerance: Human Rights Education in Casablanca, Morocco. Students: Samantha Stein ’11 and students from Lewis & Clark’s overseas program in Morocco.
Winning Proposal 2010
Peace Through the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in Qinghai Province, China Students: David Willis, Jesse Schouboe, and Sara Eichelberger
Winning Proposal 2009
- 2009 Project Proposal
- View Katie Walter’s website of the VKG Artisan’s Collective
- Read this article on Katie’s work at the artisan’s collective!
Cultivating Peace: Empowering the Orphaned Children of Criamar in Ceilândia, Brazil Students: Claire Battaglia, James Cotton, Casey Nelson, and Betto van Waarden.
Intimate Violence and Visions for Peace in El Viejo, Nicaragua Students: Elizabeth Fussell, Kate Iris Hilburger, Frazer Lanier, and Megan McBride,
Lewis & Clark College; Loren Speer, Metropolitan State College of Denver