Educating Agents of Change. Inspiring Impact.

UWC Costa Rica is grateful to all supporters of the College's Impact Fund. This support allows us to continue educating agents of change and inspiring impact in a way where each student’s needs are faced with support to let them become the best version of themselves. That is what the world needs now. Below is a summary, by numbers, of the 2021-2022 philanthropic impact in our community. Read more Impact here.

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  • 6%

    Increased alumni giving
  • $391k~

    Impact Fund donations 2019-2020
  • 37%

    Increased total donors
  • 300%

    Increased staff giving
  • 100%

     of board participation
  • 1st time

    students contributed to the Impact Fund!
Creating Meaningful Change

In 2019, The Grieg Foundation announced a grant to support 9 full scholarships at UWC Costa Rica for students who overcame challenging circumstances with courage, academic excellence, and commitment. The 9 Grieg Foundation Scholars come from 6 different Latin American countries and are attributed with the qualities of leadership, resiliency, and strong potential as agents of change.

Education for children and youth is our main priority. We believe education is the foundation to improving people's lives and to create meaningful change because education empowers and makes it possible to pursue dreams.—
Grieg Foundation

The Grieg Foundation, established in 2002, was created to contribute funds to support children and youth from around the world in areas of health, research, and education. UWC Costa Rica has been a beneficiary of their substantial generosity in the form of full scholarships and donations that allowed for the founding of UWC Costa Rica in 2006.

Meet some of the Grieg Foundation Scholars

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  • Eyleen Menchú

    Girls' and women's rights activist and teacher
    From Guatemala
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  • Iris Raquel Narváez Salgado

    Youth Ambassador and volunteer
    From Nicaragua
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  • Marco Valsania

    Mentoring, CrossFit, and social entrepreneurship
    From Bolivia
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Transition Program
Honoring Sophie’s life

This program honors the memory of our alumna Sophie Spooner ‘09 who had a luminous presence that lit up any room. Sophie brought happiness and meaning, was full of life, and adventurous with a great love for exercise and being outdoors. From the day she graduated, she lived the UWC mission to reach out and help others, going as far as to dedicate her life to others’ services as a doctor. For three years, Sophie lived with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.  She managed to control it well and was determined to make the most out of life and deal with this challenging condition. Sadly, when working as a junior doctor at a time of exceptional stress, the illness overwhelmed her even though she looked for help and had a healthy support system.  Sophie’s family is committed to sharing her story and spreading the message about mental health and the necessity to look after yourself and those around you.  
We have partnered together to ensure that mental health and wellness are the heart of UWC Costa Rica.