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.

2023 Applications Now Open!

Applications Open: 12/12/22

Applications Close: 03/21/23

Interview for Finalists: 04/07/23


“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.


  • DEC: 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

  • Provide an estimate on expenses you will incur during your travel.


    Provide a detailed explanation of the proposed international experience’s impact on your personal, academic, and professional life. How will this experience help you reach future academic, career or service goals
  • The impact statement must be typed (12 point font size and double spaced) and may not exceed 500 words.
    Please submit an essay on a global issue that interests you and explain why. Share your insight into the complexity that exists as a result of multiple countries attempting to address or not address a solution.
  • The essay must be typed (12 point font size and double spaced) and may not exceed 1,000 words. For such a short essay, we recommend that you focus upon a narrow issue that you can describe comprehensively. For example, climate change or the refugee crisis are huge topics, but some aspect of them could explored effectively. You are not required but encouraged to use reputable sources and to cite them appropriately.
    The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville requires one reference letter (academic endorsement) from a college/university instructor, department chair or dean to be considered for the scholarship. The author of your reference letter of support must send the letter by email to Devynne Duke (
  • The letter must arrive no later than March 21, and it must include the contact information for your reference.
  • Please inform the author of your reference letter that they may be contacted by the World Affairs Council to discuss their support of your application in detail, and that they have your permission to discuss your academic record and performance as it relates to the application.

Students are expected to combine the application materials in one PDF and upload it to the online application form at the very end. 

If you have any issues with uploading your material, please send the requested material to Devynne Duke ( with the subject line: [LAST NAME] AMB MCAFEE APPLICATION.