Westchester resident Derek Siker is one of 50 high school students from throughout the U.S. selected in a national competition to receive a Davis Scholarship to attend one of ten United World Colleges (UWC) throughout the world that are designed to foster international understanding in a multicultural environment.
Siker — who was born in Santa Monica but grew up in Westchester — attended the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, a magnet school in the Fairfax area.
The Davis Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, room, and board for two years for Siker to attend the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, Great Britain.
The president of the UWC system is Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and the honorary president is Queen Noor of Jordan.
U.S. philanthropist Shelby Davis established an endowment for 50 American students to be awarded full merit scholarships to attend UWC schools.
When Siker returns to the U.S., he may study medicine or psychiatry but said he is open to other majors.