Educating Agents of Change. Inspiring Impact.

The UWC Costa Rica community showed that #StrongerTogether was more than a social media trend. UWC Costa Rica was challenged to react and question what it looks like to educate tomorrow’s leaders today, next academic year, or years from now. The College let the conversations be the strategy to lead an ongoing discussion process, research, and collaboration from the roots up—because what students need is evolving at an ever-accelerating pace. The collaborations from the supporters allowed UWC Costa Rica to accomplished the goals. 
Each donation received during the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year enabled the College to put the safety and well-being of each student and member of the community first. While COVID-19 continues to challenge the world, UWC Costa Rica can count on the support 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 2019-2020 philanthropic impact in our community. Read more Impact Report 2020

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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
    Read More
  • Marco Valsania

    Mentoring, CrossFit, and social entrepreneurship
    From Bolivia
    Read More
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.

Jacoba Foundation 
The Strachan Foundation is a small family foundation established to promote social investment in Central America. We support innovative projects that prepare and empower people and communities to creatively solve the problems they face.  Within that broad objective, our current focus is on formal and informal education and health programs in Central America, including Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama. Thanks to the Strachan Foundation, one student has the opportunity to study at UWC Costa Rica with a partial scholarship. 

The Jacoba Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Agents of Change Program, a UWC Costa Rica’s hands-on 2-year training program. Students learn how to work collaboratively, develop empathy and explore new pathways (activism, social entrepreneurship, technology, sciences) to have a positive impact on communities and beyond their experience at UWC Costa Rica.
From the southeast corner of the Catholic Church, 400 meters north
San José, Santa Ana 10901
Phone: (+506) 2282 5609
United World College Costa Rica is a non-profit foundation offering a two-year residential pre-university program focused on experiential learning. Our mission is to educate a diverse group of people to become happy, healthy and committed individuals, capable through their leadership and engagement, of fostering positive change in their communities in order to contribute to achieving a more sustainable and peaceful world.