Charlie cycles across America to create a fully endowed scholarship at UWCSEA

Charlie Ormiston, former Chair of UWCSEA will be cycling 3,840 miles across the USA (Follow Charlie on his blog here). It is a challenge that will test and push his emotional, mental and physical boundaries. 

A UWCSEA Scholarship is transformational. It gives young people, many from low socio-economic backgrounds, the opportunity to change their lives and positively impact the world - click here to watch Sreylin's story, our scholar from Cambodia.

*Charlie will match contributions on a 1:1 basis up to SGD 500,000!

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$0.01 a mile

I will sponsor Charlie for $0.01 a mile! A gift of SGD $38 today will have a lasting impact, and help create a fully endowed scholarship.

$0.05 a mile

I will sponsor Charlie for $0.05 a mile! A gift of SGD $192 today will have a lasting impact, and help create a fully endowed scholarship.

$0.10 a mile

I will sponsor Charlie for $0.10 a mile! A gift of SGD $384 today will have a lasting impact, and help create a fully endowed scholarship.

$0.25 a mile

I will sponsor Charlie for $0.25 a mile! A gift of SGD $960 today will have a lasting impact, and help create a fully endowed scholarship.

$1 a mile

I will sponsor Charlie for $1 a mile! A gift of SGD $960 today will have a lasting impact, and help create a fully endowed scholarship.

Thank You for Your Gift

Our success relies on the generosity of our community. A gift today will have a lasting impact, and we are so grateful for it.

Charlie's Cross Country Challenge

About The Campaign

Charlie's Goal

The Ormiston Family Endowed Scholarship

Join Charlie in creating The Ormiston Family Endowed Scholarship at UWCSEA. By donating 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents or more a mile, you can make an impact.

How can you get involved?

Sponsor Charlie's ride by donating one of the following amounts:

Charlie will match contributions on a 1:1 basis up to SGD 500,000!

Help us make this endowed scholarship a reality.

The world needs more UWC students…

United World College was founded in 1962 to promote peace and sustainability through education, and this remains our aim today. UWCSEA in Singapore joined the UWC movement in 1971. Since then, the UWC movement has grown to a network of 17 Colleges around the world.

UWC firmly believes that through education comes the greatest hope for young people to realise their full potential. UWC does more than educate the individual; it challenges them to think about their role in addressing local and global issues. Now, possibly more than ever before, we need leaders who respect differences and value diversity, who know and understand one another and are inspired to use their education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.

We believe that to have a positive impact in the world we need to find and encourage young people with the comprehension and conviction to be agents of change. Indeed, initial findings from a recent study by Harvard University, demonstrate that the majority of students and alumni believe that their UWC ethical values are evident in their daily lives and that they are making meaningful contributions, either through their careers or everyday interactions.

Making an impact through scholarships

The gift of an education is truly transformational.

The UWC Scholarship Programme is a core part of a UWC education and offers life-changing opportunities for students of great promise and potential.

In order to find future leaders, UWC reaches deeper into the pool of global talent than any other educational movement. UWC depends on the dedication and expertise of a network of more than 3,000 volunteers to find and select students in more than 155 countries. In many cases, potential students are found in the most unlikely locations such as refugee camps, city slums and orphanages.

For a scholar, a UWCSEA education will open the doors to unimaginable opportunities; giving them a chance to take their dynamism and commitment to new levels. It provides a remarkable chance for students to gain not only the qualifications that will set them on a lifelong path of success, but also to develop the personal qualities and skills that will help them to grow as responsible and resilient individuals who value service to others and commitment to care.

Our international reputation for producing capable, confident and committed graduates ensures our scholars have the opportunity to go on and receive further scholarships at universities in the US and around the world.

Charlie was instrumental in the opening of the second UWCSEA campus at Tampines in Singapore. This, and work through the UWCSEA Foundation, has resulted in the Scholarship Programme growing from 46 scholars in 2009 to 110 scholars in 2017 from 57 countries.

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Charlie's Ride

Charlie will endeavour a coast-to-coast cycling adventure in the USA that will test and push his emotional, mental and physical boundaries. He will cycle through some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in America. From the bold Pacific Ocean to the mountainous beauty of the Sierras and Rockies, to the spectacular river crossings of Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.

The challenge will average 80 miles a day for 3,840 miles.

Follow Charlie during his ride starting on June 3rd through his blog here.

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Words of Encouragement

“The UWCSEA Governors are extraordinarily grateful for Charlie's continued dedication to the College and especially our scholarship programme. Scholarships don't just provide a transformative education to the scholars themselves, they benefit the entire community.  We believe that diversity makes us stronger, and our scholars bring with them political, socioeconomic and experiential diversity that build students' understanding of their responsibilities to one another and the global community. If we can realise Charlie's vision of eventually reaching a target of 200 scholars, the entire UWCSEA community will benefit.”

Anna Lord, Chair of Governors Board, UWCSEA


"Charlie set himself the goal of cycling across America some years ago and has often talked about it with me. As with all goals Charlie has set himself, I knew that one day he would embark on that journey. Despite all the training he has done, it will be tough and I am full of admiration for him. I am also full of admiration for the cause he is supporting, the endowment of a full scholarship at UWSEA. I hope you will join me in not only wishing him well, but also assisting financially in the creation of this scholarship."    

Julian Whiteley, Former Head of UWCSEA


“The UWC movement has transformed thousands of lives and delivered outstanding leaders who have made the world a better place. Charlie was instrumental in establishing the second campus in Singapore, extending the UWC education to an additional 2,500 students. Now, he has gone a further mile by offering to ride a bicycle from the west coast to the east coast of USA to raise funding for an endowed scholarship at UWCSEA. The world needs more Charles Ormistons. I am happy to support and endorse this mission. May he succeed.” 

Kishore Mahbubani, Former Chair of the UWCSEA Board of Governors, has served as the Singapore Ambassador to UN (twice) and as a founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS





To join Charlie in giving the remarkable gift of a UWC education, make a gift today.

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