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Davis Foundations grant to support Warren Wilson writing initiative

Warren Wilson College has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to help fund the college’s Presidential Interdisciplinary Writing Initiative.

The writing initiative seeks to accomplish two important goals of scholastic integration. One is the development of a writing and learning portfolio system that uses writing to connect the academic, work and service components of the Warren Wilson learning Triad. The second is the broadening of the college’s undergraduate writing program by promoting greater emphasis on environmental writing and on stronger ties with Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers.

With grant support, student writing is envisioned as the primary means of bridging undergraduate disciplines and providing interdisciplinary learning opportunities for Warren Wilson students. Positive outcomes are anticipated in the areas of student learning, Triad education and faculty/staff development. The writing initiative also is seen as a model for other colleges to replicate.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, located in Jacksonville, Fla., were established through the generosity of the late American industrialist Arthur Vining Davis. The purpose of the foundations is to provide financial assistance to certain educational, cultural, scientific and religious institutions. The Board of Trustees’ current practice is to award grants primarily in the areas of private higher education, secondary education, graduate theological education, health care and public television.

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