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NCWA is always proud to report on students who have received summer scholarships in North America and abroad and to learn of subsequent developments in the careers and lives of those have completed high school and moved on

Ravi Lafalaise, a senior at Fort Myers High School, who is of Haitian descent, wrote in her essay about her summer study at the Tufts University Summit Program in France that the experience gave her an opportunity to refresh her French language skills and deepened her intention to develop a career in international affairs. She appreciated the emphasis of the French people on family time and their personal focus on the environment and conservation. Her trip to the United Nations center in Geneva, "sitting where diplomats made world-altering decisions, walking the same halls as heads of state," strengthened her aspirations to work for the UN someday, and she has decided to study abroad in college. You can read her full essay at this link.

We also heard from Chelsea Casabona, a scholarship winner who graduated from Florida State University and now has been accepted for a graduate degree.

"I wanted to share some good news I recently received," she wrote to Debbie Doyle, a School Outreach volunteer. "I was accepted into Columbia University for the fall of 2023 for their Documentary M.S. in Journalism program! I wanted to tell you because my love for international affairs started that summer in Vermont (when she attended the former G.I. V program in Burlington VT) and you have been such a great support system. Thank you for giving me that opportunity all those summers ago. I wouldn't be where I am without it."

Click here to read an article written by Chelsea about her journey leading her to be the first person in her family to earn a college degree.

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Alumni Association


     Chelsea Carabona, left, joins students and alumni at the 2023 Alumni Luncheon.

Students who have won competitive NCWA summer scholarships become members of our Alumni Association upon the completion of those courses of study.

Alumni members are asked to maintain contact with NCWA so they can encourage other students to apply for these opportunities and often serve as advisors to these underclassmen and women. They may do so by returning the Update Form below when they have completed an important activity or when they participate in an experience that broadened their knowledge of global issues. 

We encourage alumni in the Naples area to attend alumni membership meetings to share their experiences and to network as they pursue their world affairs-related college courses and careers.  

Before the pandemic, the School Outreach Committee in 2019 hosted a luncheon for students returning from summer programs to share their experiences. They had been part of the Georgetown, Vermont Governors Institute, and the overseas study programs. Later, we invited the 2020 scholarship winners to lunch with alumni to describe their programs and offer counsel and answer questions for those about to travel to Washington DC or overseas.

In 2021 we made available to our alumni videos of the NCWA lectures. In 2022, we returned to an in-person luncheon and welcomed a number of alumni and current scholarship winners. In 2023, about 20 students -- alumni and current scholarship winners -- attended the annual luncheon.



Alumnae attending the luncheon in 2022 were, from left, Catherine Stogner, past alumni president and graduate of Florida Southern College; Sarah Davenport, first president and doctoral candidate at Brown University; Sydnie Stern, who is graduating from the University of Central Florida; Lauren Crisci, current president and a sophomore at Florida State University, and Fernanda Paez, who is graduating from the University of Miami.

Resources
For Building and Maintaining our Network

The NCWA Alumni Association believes it is important to build a network of former students who can support each other and maintain ties to NCWA as they pursue their careers, many of which are in fields related to international affairs. See below for resources.

Alumni Roster (EXCEL) (PDF) – Attached is a list containing the names of recent alumni students along with minimal personal information about them.  (Name, high school attended, date & name of summer program attended. Persons interested in contacting any alumni member should address their request for additional information to: 

Linda Crescenzi (NCWA Chair)  239-566-1521  lindacres@comcast.net 
or 
President-Catherine Stogner, catstogner87@gmail.com  Lely '17, Florida Southern '21 
or 
Vice President - Lauren Crisci, laurencrisci10@gmail Florida State

Alumni Update Form (WORD) (PDF) – Alumni students can download and complete this form to let Council members know where they are now and how they are using their summer experience to help them make positive contributions to our contemporary world.  

Alumni updates (WORD) (PDF) – Read highlights from our alumni taken from the Alumni Update Form which have been featured in the NCWA Newsletter to all Council members.

Alumni presentations to the NCWA following their return from summer scholarship programs:

February 4, 2019 (15min 36 sec): Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Liam Casco, a Gulf Coast High School graduate and NCWA alum, was one of 25 Student Scholars who received an all-expense paid trip to attend the fall 2023 WACA conference in Washington DC. Read his report here.

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