The $2,000 annual academic scholarship is designed to recognize a student 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 May - December 2015.) In the past, supported international experiences have included study abroad programs and foreign internships/volunteer programs. Specifically, the funds are awarded to:
1. help defray costs of an international experience 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 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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Have been accepted to a specific international program that the scholarship will support (study abroad program or foreign internship/volunteer project)
- Submit the following application items:
- - Completed application form (2 pages)
- - A current résumé (1 page)
- - One reference letter (academic endorsement) from a college/university instructor, department chair or dean
- - Completed Travel Estimated Expenses Form (1 page)
- - Impact Statement (max. 500 words)
- - Global Issue Essay (max. 1000 words)
Applications will be reviewed by the Council’s Education Committee at specified deadlines (see end of this
document.) 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
Scholarship finalists will be invited to participate in a panel interview during the week of April 13th-17th.
The scholarship recipient is expected to complete a short-answer questionnaire and submit a reflection
essay (250-500 words) upon conclusion of the program/activity regarding the educational/personal outcomes
from the international experience.
All funds will be distributed through the Office of Financial Aid at the respective college/university before
Summer Break 2015.