Denison students win $10,000 peace prize
Date of Event: March 24, 2011
Posted: March 24, 2011
Two Denison seniors, Sibylle Freiermuth, (Zurich, Switzerland) and Megan Keaveney (Centerville, Ohio), have been awarded $10,000 from the prestigious Davis Projects for Peace initiative. The funds will capitalize a program to aid poverty-stricken women in India.
Freiermuth and Keaveney’s goal is to empower women living in Indian slums “by informing them about opportunities and providing valuable health information so that they can build more sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.” To accomplish this, they will partner with a nonprofit organization, already established in India, to create two documentaries, one of women sharing their entrepreneurial success stories and the second, of women sharing important health information. They plan to have these films shown in clinics throughout India.
In its fifth year, Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates at more than 90 Davis United World College Scholars colleges and universities to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2011. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able are funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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