The $2,000 annual academic scholarship is designed to recognize a sophomore or junior at Edward Waters College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University or the University of North Florida whose academic program and/or future interests include pursuing a career in international business, government, foreign affairs or military service.
The scholarship is in honor of the Council’s past president, Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, who devoted her professional career to serving in the Foreign Service and has been instrumental in the growth of the Council.
The scholarship award may be applied towards educational activities with an international focus (to be completed between January - December 2015). In the past, supported international experiences have included study abroad programs and unpaid internships/volunteer programs with an international emphasis (U.S. based and overseas.)
Specifically, the funds are awarded to:
- 1. help defray costs of an international experience inside or outside the United States as part of the recipient’s educational development and
- 2. provide an opportunity for the recipient to further his/her knowledge of cultures, languages, and societies in other parts of the world.
In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must:
- Be a full-time student (sophomore or junior status) attending Edward Waters College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University or the University of North Florida
- Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
Be involved in an academic program and/or have future interests in pursuing a career in international business, government, foreign affairs or military service
Identify a specific program that the scholarship will support (study abroad trip or internship/volunteer project with an international emphasis)
- Be available to participate in a panel interview during November 2014 (week of Nov. 18)
- Submit a short answer essay upon completion of the program/activity
Applications will be reviewed by the Council’s Education Committee at specified deadlines on the application
- The Committee will evaluate applications on the basis of academic merit, the relevance of the proposed international experience for the personal, intellectual and professional development of the candidate as well as the ability to demonstrate a range of knowledge and critical thinking skills in the essay submitted.
All funds will be distributed through the Office of Financial Aid at the respective college/university before Winterbreak 2014.
The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is pleased to announce the 2014 Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship recipient: Sharria Wilson! Sharria is a sophomore at FSCJ majoring in International Relations and pursuing a minor in African Studies. She is a graduate of Stanton College Preparatory School, a Great Decisions alumni, and a two-time local Academic WorldQust winner. Sharria will transfer to the University of Florida next summer, where she will continue her studies. After graduation, she would like to join the Peace Corp and eventually pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.