Saturday, Mar. 17, 2012 12:00 am

Grinnell, IA -  

Grinnell College students Tinggong Zhan and Xiaorong Yin will implement an international peace project in China this summer, thanks to a $10,000 award throughDavis Projects for Peace. Davis Projects for Peace are funded by internationalist and philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, who committed $1 million to fund grassroots projects through a competition on 90 college and university campuses.

Zhan and Yin, who are both second-year mathematics majors from China, will work this summer to create an Internet-based micro-lending program to assist peasants in Yiyuan County, China. The program would allow those with sufficient resources to make a loan via the Internet to improve peasants’ living conditions and productivity.

The Davis Projects are designed to encourage and support motivated college students to create and implement their ideas for building peace throughout the world.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, IA. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.