Improving International Education

The annual Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship Program presents multiple scholarships (total value of $5,000) to undergraduate and graduate students with outstanding academic performance and career aspirations in international business, public policy, 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.

2021 Applications are postponed. 

“To anyone feeling anxious or nervous about embarking on a study abroad experience, the experience is truly phenomenal and will leave you with memories and lessons that will last a lifetime! I wasn't sure if I would be able to do this but I am extremely glad that I did."  – Bassem Shoukry, 2017, Ambassador Marilyn 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.


  • 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)
  • Completed Travel Estimated Expenses Form (1 page)
  • Impact Statement (max. 500 words)
  • Global Issue Essay (max. 1000 words)
  • One reference letter (academic endorsement) from a college/university instructor, department chair or dean

Application Form & Travel Estimated Expenses