SLU Students Awarded 'Projects for Peace' Grant

CANTON - A project designed by four St. Lawrence University students has been selected to receive funding from the Davis United World College Scholars Program’s Projects for Peace initiative.

Juniors Dolma Lama, Rochana Cooray, Zoe Garry and Joanna Patouris created the project, “Clinic for Peace Living,” which will aid the group’s already existing efforts to bring health care to Nar, one of the most impoverished areas in rural Nepal, with the much-needed initial capital to ensure its sustainability.

The grant will help them reach their project goals of establishing a clinic in the Thrangu Monastery, covering the living expenses of the nuns who will be rotating shifts at the clinic, facilitating the placement of a permanent health assistant to ensure sustainability of the clinic, and collaborating with the villagers, the Shree Mangal Dvip School and the Monastery to ensure that there is no cultural imposition and that the needs of the villagers are met.

Lama is a global studies major from Manang, Nepal; Cooray is a global studies and economics double major from Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka; Garry is a multifield major from Watertown, N.Y.; and Patouris is majoring in economics and environmental studies, combined, and sociology and is from Mbabane, Swaziland.

Philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis, now 106 years old, launched Projects for Peace on her 100th birthday in 2007 and has renewed her commitment every year since. In 2013, more than $1.2 million will be awarded in $10,000 grants to students submitting the winning proposals for projects to be completed over the summer of 2013.

“Competition is keen and we congratulate the students whose projects have been selected for funding in 2013,” said Philip O. Geier, executive director of the Davis United World College Scholars Program, which administers Projects for Peace. “Kathryn Davis feels a great urgency about advancing the cause of peace in the world, and she is investing in motivated youth and their ideas in order to accelerate efforts for peace in the 21st century.”

Undergraduates at 90 partner schools of the Davis United World College Scholars Program (, as well as those at International Houses Worldwide, Future Generations, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and the University of Maine are invited annually to submit plans for Projects for Peace. Winning proposals selected from competitions at all these campuses are funded through Davis’ generosity.