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March 2014

OU Recognized as First Public University in the Nation to Win Davis Cup

OSU's national leaders for STEM education Ronda Brandon, Sissi Carroll, President Burns Hargis, Gov. Mary Fallin, Kimberly Highers and Bret Danilowicz.

Pictured at the Davis Cup presentation are (from left) Gale Davis and her husband, Shelby Davis, founder of the Davis United World College Scholars Program; OU President David L. Boren; and Phil Geier, executive director of the Davis UWC Scholars Program.

The University of Oklahoma honored its Davis United World College Scholars and was recognized as the first public university in the nation to be awarded the prestigious Davis Cup at a presentation Thursday, Feb. 27.

Representatives of the Davis United World College Scholars Program were in attendance to present the university with the Davis Cup. OU received the Davis Cup in recognition of its record-setting enrollment of 45 United World College international freshmen – the largest class ever enrolled at a Davis UWC Scholars Program partner institution.

OU is one of 91 Davis Program partner colleges and universities in the United States, including Yale; Princeton; Brown; the universities of North Carolina, Virginia and Michigan; Duke; Columbia; and MIT. The 87 Davis UWC Scholars currently enrolled at OU represent 43 countries and all 12 of the United World College campuses worldwide.

United World Colleges are two-year residential schools in which a rigorous international baccalaureate curriculum is employed with all-English instruction. A diverse international student population exists at each of the 12 UWCs worldwide; no more than 25 percent of the students at each school can be from the country where the school is located. Students are selected by national committees to attend their United World College, where they finish their last two years of secondary education.

Davis UWC Scholars tend not only to be outstanding students, but exceptional members of the university community as well. Since 2008, when OU enrolled its first UWC scholars, these students have achieved recognition at OU as Outstanding Seniors and have served in a variety of leadership roles, including Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth team leaders, International Advisory Committee executive officers and resident advisers.

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