In 2007, Westminster School was one of six boarding schools selected to participate in two pilot scholarship programs, the Davis Scholars Program and the Davis International Scholars Program, designed to increase and diversify the international and domestic student population of American independent secondary schools.
Funded by the Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund (SCDCF), the two programs help promote international understanding and cross-cultural connections across boarding school campuses and around the globe.
The other schools selected to participate in the pilot programs are Phillips Academy Andover, The Lawrenceville School, The Taft School, Milton Academy and Emma Willard School. Each of the schools is responsible for recruitment and admission of its own students into these programs The first scholars arrived on the campuses in fall 2008.
Davis International Scholars Program
The Davis International Scholars Program focuses on international students and provides support for four to 10 international students to attend Westminster who exhibit outstanding leadership potential and come from places around the world not typically represented in the student body. Although Westminster has students attending from many countries, this program expands the school’s recruitment of prospective students from other nations as well as from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Beyond High School
One of the ancillary benefits of the programs is that upon graduation from Westminster School, Davis Scholars and Davis International Scholars will be eligible for continued scholarship support for four years should they elect to matriculate at any of the Davis United World College Scholars colleges and universities in the United States, now numbering more than 85 leading colleges and universities — including among many others, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Williams College, Duke University, Colby College, Middlebury College, Lewis & Clark College and Claremont McKenna College. Westminster Davis Scholars
Since the program began, Westminster has welcomed Davis Scholars from Afghanistan, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Malaysia, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia, Somaliland, Turkey, Ukraine and Vietnam, as well as from Naugatuck, Conn., New York City, Oakland, Calif., and Windsor, Conn.
“These students have greatly changed the fabric of our school community,” commented the founding Davis Scholars Program Coordinator Kimberly Pope. “Our awareness of other cultures has grown immensely, and classroom discussions and student activities now have a more global perspective.”
Tim Randall serves as the Director of the Davis Scholars Program Coordinator at Westminster School and identifies potential students for the two programs. Students must be sophomores or older to be considered. Mr. Randall may be contacted at (860) 408-3036 or at firstname.lastname@example.org