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Two U.Va. Anthropology Students Receive Davis Prize for Guatemala Project

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Credit: Cole Geddy

— by Matt Kelly 

Two University of Virginia fourth-year students have received the Davis Prize for Peace to create a health education and water filtration program in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, a rural lakeside town.

Amanda Below and Andi Maddox, who both graduate this month from the College of Arts & Sciences with bachelor's degrees in anthropology, are already familiar with the area, having spent a study-abroad trip through the U.Va.-Guatemala Initiative.

Theirs is one of 100 "most promising and doable" proposals funded this year by the Davis United World College Scholars Program, which administers the Projects for Peace, for which college undergraduates are invited to design and propose grassroots projects they can implement during a summer. This is the fifth consecutive year U.Va. students have received a Davis Prize, which provides $10,000.

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