Congratulations Merretta! Davis Projects for Peace Winner, 2011!

Building on her work as a 2010 Davis International Fellow, Merretta Dickinson is set to return to Namibia to change lives through education as a 2011 Davis Projects for Peace Winner.

“I discovered that I have a passion for helping others, one stronger than I had thought,” she says, recalling her work in an after-school program at the Bernhard Nordkamp Center in Katutura. “This work made me less materialistic than I had ever been, extremely grateful for the opportunities that I have been given by my parents, country and Wheaton, and made me realize that I really do want to devote my life to making a difference for people.”

The junior has been awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to establish a sustainable tutoring program that will change lives by helping students with mild learning differences learn to read fluently.