Meet Kathryn Davis's challenge, and your project could receive $10,000.

Kathryn Wasserman Davis turned 100 in February of 2007, and she decided to donate $1 million to American undergraduate students so that their grassroots summer projects could spread a mindset of peace throughout the United States and the world. This year, Dr. Davis has again committed $1 million for use this summer, and you can apply for part of this money!

To be eligible:

  • Applicants should be a current undergraduate student (or group of students) at Gettysburg College.
  • All projects MUST be completed during the summer of 2015.
  • Graduating seniors ARE eligible if they plan to complete their projects during the summer of 2015.
  • It is up to interested students to define what a "project for peace" might be. We hope to encourage creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Projects may be undertaken anywhere and as grassroots as desired, including in the U.S.
  • Davis funding will be limited to $10,000, but projects can apply for and receive funding from other organizations in addition to their Davis funding.

To apply:

  • A student (or group of Gettysburg College students) must prepare a written statement that describes the project (who, what, where, how), including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as a budget (one separate page).
  • Proposals should include pre-approval of all parties and organizations involved in the project.
  • The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted via email to by January 9, 2015 at 4pm.
  • All communication about applications and proposed projects should be directed to Kim Davidson (


2012: Engaging Differences in Malawi - Allan Kawala '12

The project challenged the participants to think critically about their own stereotypical behaviors and societal differences and how these social constructions destroy communities. Also, the project charged the participants to engage and embrace different perspectives in order to build real communities—communities that understand the importance of honoring and respecting differences that individuals members have. Watch Videos of the Project.

2011: Street Children's Soccer and Educational Development Program in Durban, South Africa  - Enzo Pinga '11 and Laura Block '11

The project used soccer to promote three main sustainable education goals: to provide an education to street children on current health and social issues that their community faces; to bring together young women who face rape and sexual violence and use their stories to channel gender empowerment; and to help strengthen the bonds between the street children by allowing them to share and creatively think of solutions for the current issues that they face.


2010: Literacy in Burkina Faso - Lyudmila Marinova’12, Munyaradzi Choga’12
The project promoted literacy in the village of Bougounam in Northern Burkina Faso by providing the necessary resources and acquainting the locals with the concept of library. Our main goal was to instill reading habits mainly in the children and encouraging community participation in helping with the project.