Randolph-Macon College student Polly Beth Williams '12 was presented
with a Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program crystal globe on Friday,
November 20, 2009 in the college's Brown Campus Center. The globe was presented
to Williams in recognition of the fact that she is the college's first Davis United
World Scholar. Williams was lauded at R-MC's Passport Around the World event, which
was coordinated by the Office of International Education (OIE) and sponsored by
the International House, the Black Cultural Society and the International Interest
The Davis UWC Scholars Program provides scholarships to students from around the
world to attend American colleges and universities and promote international understanding.
Exceptional high school students are given the opportunity to complete their last
two years of high school at one of 13 global United World College schools. The students
are then encouraged to apply to one of 91 Davis Program member colleges and universities
in the U.S.
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren presented Williams with the
crystal globe. "Today we present an award to Polly Williams, a Davis United World
College scholar," said Lindgren. "We're delighted to have Polly on our campus and
as an important part of this community." Lindgren thanked the Office of International
Education for their hard work. "Thank you for spotlighting the importance of our
international students—not only this week, during International Education Week—but
every day. Thank you for all you do to promote this fabulous program. It's an important
part of who we are at Randolph-Macon College."
Williams, who hails from Barbados, completed her last two years of high school at
the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Flekke, Norway before coming to Randolph-Macon
College in 2009. She smiled broadly as she accepted the globe. "It's really great
to be here at Randolph-Macon College...thank you," she said.
The crystal globes presented to scholars are gifts from Davis UWC Program co-founder
Shelby Davis and his wife Gale and are intended to symbolize the honor of being
a Davis UWC Scholar as well as the meaning of the overall program.
At the Passport Around the World event, tables were set up to represent different
countries, including Northern Ireland, the United States, Vietnam, Germany, Japan,
France, Haiti and Jamaica. At each table fact sheets about the country, posters,
photo slideshows, music, flags, and food were available. Each participant received
his/her own "passport" to get stamped at each table. The event, which was attended
by faculty, staff and students, was the culmination of a wide range of events presented
in conjunction with International Education Week.
R-MC is one of only four Virginia colleges to become a member of the Davis Scholars
program. Other institutions affiliated with the Davis Scholars program are listed