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UWC-USA is pleased to announce Bhushan Taludhar '87 as the recipient of The Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award because of his commitment to sustainability and clean energy in Nepal.
Abdullah Alshawk '15, Iraq, has launched "Education for Peace," a project to bring school supplies to refugees in his home country of Iraq.
Award-winning filmmaker Rick Rowley '94 was nominated for an Academy Award for his documentary, Dirty Wars.
Jane Huber '12 started her started her career in public policy and nonprofit management in a UWC-USA dorm room.
Rashna Ginwalla '95 is a fellow in trauma and emergency surgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center. It was in this role that she achieved a long-time dream: volunteering with Médecins Sans Frontières.
When she was 7 years old, Vanina Morrison '15, Jamaica, gave up birthday parties and told her parents to use the money to help less fortunate children.
It was a fortuitous time to receive good news: researcher Tala de los Santos '93 learned she had been named a Washington Global Health Alliance Rising Leader the very day she went into labor with her second daughter.
Carla Tennenbaum '97 uses recycled odds and ends to invent beauty and inspire creativity.
Dr. Ruben Ayala '92 has made a career of service through his work with Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that helps children with facial deformities.
Ben Gillock, Environmental Systems and Societies teacher and the faculty sponsor for student initiatives around sustainability, considers wilderness experience to be essential to students' education.
On the New Jersey Transit, world traveler Sal Lavallo '09 had an epiphany. All of his interests—globalization, identity politics, international development, and disenfranchised groups...
As a member of youth environmental group Earth in Brackets, Anjali Appadurai '09 is committed to building the bridge between scientific jargon, political process, and public understanding.

Meet Mzwakithi Shongwe, '12, who came to UWC-USA from Swaziland.


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UWC-USA is one of 17 UWCs on five continents. Other countries that have UWCs include Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, Thailand, and Wales.


UWC-USA students perform more than 18,700 hours of service every year through our association with 25 community partners. More than 2,500 people in Las Vegas, N.M. and the surrounding community have benefited from service projects led by UWC-USA students.


UWC-USA has 228 students representing more than 70 countries, from Armenia to Zimbabwe. Eleven students come from countries identified as conflict regions. Representation within our student body includes: Africa 10%, Asia 28%, Europe 29%, North America 23%, South America 10%.


Students don’t apply directly to the school; they are selected by committees in their home countries based on academic achievement, leadership, and curiosity about and involvement with global events and cultures.


Philanthropist Shelby Davis has created a $40 million endowment that provides 50 U.S. students with full scholarships to attend a UWC every year.


Our more than 3,357 UWC-USA alumni are spread across the globe: North America 26%, Latin America and Caribbean 16%, Africa 10%, Middle East 6%, Asia 14%, Europe 21%, Pacific 2%


UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate diploma program. Students can choose from IB classes in 28 subjects – a remarkable number given the size of the school.

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