Improving International Education

The annual Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship Program presents a $2,000 and a $1,000 scholarship award to undergraduate and graduate students with outstanding academic performance and career aspirations in international business, public administration, foreign affairs or military service. Named in honor of former Council Chairman Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, the purpose of the scholarship program is to help defray costs of an international experience outside of the United States as part of the recipients’ educational development.

2015 Ashley Petryk, McAfee Scholarship Recipient

“If there has been one thing that has impacted my life, it has been my experience studying abroad. The Ambassador Marilyn McAfee scholarship is unlike any other scholarship opportunity. Not only does it open doors to travel, but it exposes you to the World Affairs Council - an organization of globally-minded individuals that will help you put your new-found international experience to use.” – Ashley Petryk, 2015 Ambassador McAfee Scholarship Recipient

Application Process

Scholarship awards may be applied towards educational activities with an international focus (to be completed between May – December each year). In the past, supported international experiences have included study abroad programs and foreign internships/volunteer programs.


  • JAN/FEB: call for submissions
  • MAR: review by the Council’s Education Committee and selection of finalists
  • APR: panel interview with finalists and selection of award recipients
  • MAY: funds disbursed through financial aid office
  • SEP-DEC: short-answer questionnaire and reflection essay (250-500 words) due to Council office


  • Be a full-time student attending Edward Waters College, Flagler College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University or the University of North Florida
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (undergraduate)/3.5 (graduate) on a 4.0 scale
  • Have been accepted to a specific international program (study abroad trip or foreign internship/volunteer project)

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. 250 words)
  • Global Issue Essay (max. 500 words)