The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West is a United World College founded in 1982 by industrialist and philanthropist Armand Hammer. The United World Colleges (UWC are a group of twelve international schools Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Armand Hammer ( May 21, 1898 – December 10, 1990) was a flamboyant US business tycoon most closely associated with Occidental Petroleum The campus, in the town of Montezuma, New Mexico, just northwest of the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, includes the historic Montezuma Castle. Montezuma is an unincorporated community in San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. Las Vegas is a city in San Miguel County, New Mexico, United States. The Montezuma Castle is a 90000 square foot 400 room Queen Anne -style hotel building erected just northwest of the city of Las Vegas New Mexico in 1886 (the site The two-year, residential high school has about 200 students representing 80-90 countries at any time. The vast majority of these students receive full scholarships. The largest block of these scholarships has been made possible by an endowment by investment manager Shelby Davis and his wife Gale, whose generosity makes this school (and all the other UWCs) 100% free for all American students. Shelby Davis is the founder of investment management firm Davis Selected Advisors, which as of 2008 manages about $100 billion in several funds This endowment was established with an initial gift of $45 million in 1998, making it at the time the largest private donation to international education.
The school's mission is to teach international understanding by bringing together young men and women of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, in an environment in which they must work together for success. In addition to offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the school has a strong program in the arts and a significant wilderness program, including mountain search and rescue. The International Baccalaureate (IB Diploma Programme (DP is an Educational programme examined in one of three languages ( English, French or Spanish Typically, students are between 16 and 19 years old.
Graduates are typically accepted at the most competitive colleges and universities around the world. A fellowship program established by the Davis family cover the tuitions of many graduates at over 80 colleges and universities in the United States and Europe, including Amherst College, Brown University,Carleton College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College, Smith College, Tufts University, Princeton University, and Yale University. Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Brown University is a highly esteemed private University located in Providence, Rhode Island and is a member of the Ivy League. This article is about Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota Columbia University is a private University in the United States and a member of the Ivy League. Dartmouth College ( is a private, Coeducational University located in Hanover, New Hampshire, U Oberlin College is a private Liberal arts college in Oberlin Ohio. Smith College is a private, independent women's liberal arts college located in Northampton Massachusetts. Princeton University is a private Coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey.
The school's somewhat unwieldy name is commonly replaced with "UWC-USA. " Older alumni may call the school "Armand Hammer" or "AHUWC".
The school's founding president was Ted Lockwood, who served from 1982 until 1994. He published a book about the school in 1997. Phil Geier served as president from 1994 until 2005, when he passed the reins to Lisa Darling.
The school is located atin the village of Montezuma, New Mexico in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains about 70 miles from Santa Fe.
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