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Dartmouth received a different kind of Davis Cup last month, when the Davis United World Scholars Program presented the award to President James Wright in recognition of the College's 35 first-year students who are graduates of United World Colleges (UWC). Enrolling the most of any of the colleges affiliated with UWC, Dartmouth shot up to the top of the list just four short years after being invited to join the Davis United World Scholars Program. The United World Colleges draw the most talented and accomplished students from around the world to its 12 campuses for their last two years of secondary school. From there, they go on to enroll at the world's finest institutions of higher learning. "Students are selected based only on merit," says Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Maria Laskaris '84. "This is significant for Dartmouth since it gives us an incredible opportunity to add to the international diversity of our student body." UWC was founded in 1962 and is described as "the only global educational movement that brings together students from all over the world-selected on personal merit, irrespective of race, religion, politics and the ability to pay-with the explicit aim of fostering peace and international understanding." There are 64 UWC graduates at Dartmouth enrolled in the Classes of 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008. They hail from almost every corner of the globe, ranging from Australia, Albania, and China to Uganda, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe. Dartmouth's Davis Cup was presented by Shelby M.C. Davis on behalf of the Davis United World Scholars Program, which contributes up to $20,000 per year of need-based financial aid to UWC graduates. "These are some of the best students in the world," says Laskaris. "We benefit tremendously from this partnership."

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Last Updated: 5/30/08