PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) announced Friday that Dau Jok is this year's winner of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace award from Penn.
Jok, who is a guard on the men's basketball team, is in the process of creating the Dut Jok Youth Foundation in post-conflict Southern Sudan, the goal of which is to "produce generations of Southern Sudanese youth who are academically and socially capable." Jok escaped the Sudan with his family six years ago, and has been living in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduates to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace.
The Davis Projects for Peace is made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist.