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2023 International Scholarship Programs and Winners

The Naples Council on World Affairs offers scholarships to overseas summer programs chosen to increase students' awareness of international issues and to expose them to careers in international relations and business.

Five students will receive international scholarships during the summer of 2023. They are:

Jake Marks of St. John Neumann High School and Anya Brenner,  a junior at the Community School of Naples who also is an NCWA Global Scholar -- Oxford University (both studying international relations and diplomacy)

Aarnav Seth of Gulf Coast High School -- Germany

Nick Fallon of Barron Collier High School -- Jordan

Jordan Spelman of Gulf Coast High School -- Ghana

International Scholarships 


Students applying for international scholarships must be completing their junior year of high school, and possess, or be eligible for, a U.S. passport. Because the mission of the NCWA is "to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues," the focus will be on the international programs that best support that mission.

If international travel is restricted, virtual programs may be offered by the programs and our winners may elect to participate in those programs. All updated information regarding the availability of international programs for each year will be posted on this website and announced late in the calendar year. The deadline for application is usually in December.

Use the following application to apply for any of the international scholarships. After reviewing the written applications, the scholarship committee of the NCWA School Outreach Committee will narrow the candidates to those considered best qualified. Those individuals will be interviewed by the committee, and the scholarship winners will be selected from that group.

The scholarships offered by the Naples Council on World Affairs will cover program costs and international travel.  Participants will be responsible, at a minimum, for spending money abroad and the cost of roundtrip domestic airfare to the city of overseas departure. Additional financial aid may be available. 

If you have questions about the scholarships or the selection process after consulting the program websites, please contact the Judy Baker, at or the NCWA School Outreach Committee Chair, Mark Walchak at

For more information about EIL Programs, contact Judy Baker, at

For more information of the Tufts Summit program, contact Alan Van Egmond 

For more information of the Oxford Academia program, contact Mimi Gregory at

Applications are accepted during December of each year.


NCWA offers program/study scholarships for travel to Europe and South Korea. Full information about the programs and countries hosting the programs may be obtained by visiting their websites. 

Oxford Academia

The International Relations Program at Oxford University

In this seminar, the program lays the groundwork for a better understanding of the state of global diplomacy through lectures, thought-provoking discussions, and interactive exercises. Whether it's human rights, commerce and trade, human migration, climate change, or cybersecurity, world leaders are constantly walking the diplomatic tightrope and weighing the resulting costs and benefits. Students will investigate the relationship between governments, state and non-state actors, and the role of international media. Students will identify the tools essential to policy makers and ambassadors alike and put them to the test through mock debates on various issues facing our world today.

Oxford Academia programs take place at several of Oxford’s constituent colleges. Each day features a combination of seminars, hands-on activities and workshops, lab time, guest speakers, community meeting, and unstructured time for socializing, exploration, and reflection.

Students choose a major seminar and a minor seminar, and dive deep into their academic subjects. Major seminars meet six days a week for three hours, typically at their own residential college. Minor seminars meet three days a week for two hours, often at another college, so that students are able to truly experience the life of a student at Oxford. They begin with classroom discussions that frame seminar concepts and identify key issues and then take learning beyond the classroom with site visits, meetings with experts, and guest lectures from distinguished academics and renowned scholars.

Tufts "Summit" Program

The Tufts “Summit” Program occurs in a college learning environment over four weeks with various trips to UN Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, Lyon, France, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, and European Union Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The Tufts European Center is in a former monastery on the shores of Lake Annecy in Taillories, France.  Courses are in English focusing on international affairs and are offered by Tufts faculty. Students live with French host families, will be traveling in a French speaking milieu, and therefore are required to have studied at least two years of French language instruction.

Experiment in International Living

EIL- Germany

International Relations and the EU

As the students travel throughout Germany and across national borders, they will spend time in Frankfurt, Berlin, Niederalteich, Brussels, Cologne, Bonn, Munich, and Schengen, Luxembourg. Their Experiment begins with a group orientation in Frankfurt, a global hub for commerce, culture, education, and more, where they will begin taking German language classes.

They will continue to the region of Bavaria, where they will meet their host families and share in their daily life during their homestay. They will attend school with German students to experience local high school culture and spend a fun-filled day with their group completing a treasure hunt in nearby Munich.

At the "border triangle" of Germany, France and Luxembourg, they will visit Schengen, Luxembourg, where the Schengen Agreement was signed. Through interactive activities at the European Museum, they will learn about the significance of the Schengen Agreement and then continue to Brussels, Belgium, the seat of the Nobel Peace Prize–winning European Union (E.U.), where they will visit the European Commission and explore the E.U.’s institutional structure. They will return to Germany to visit the 2,000-year-old city of Cologne, where they will see the awe-inspiring Kölner Dom, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the United Nations in Bonn.

The program will wrap up in Berlin, Germany’s capital and bustling cultural center. They will begin with a tour of the city’s important sites, including the Bundestag (Germany’s parliament). They will also attend workshops on the structure of the E.U., including competencies, tasks, and stakeholders, and a seminar on European asylum politics to learn about the current refugee situation on the continent.

EIL - Jordan

Arabic Language and the Middle East, July 1-July 30, 2023

The students' Experiment starts in Amman, the capital of Jordan, a modern city with ancient roots. This fascinating city of contrasts—a unique blend of traditional and contemporary—is where they begin their 45 hours of formal Arabic classes and experience Jordanian history, culture, and day-to-day life.

They deepen their immersion by becoming part of a local community for four weeks during homestay activities and service projects and take advantage of around-the-clock opportunities to practice Arabic beyond the classroom, where their language training may exceed 90 hours with practice through formal classes, host community and peer interactions, and more.

They expand their knowledge of present-day Jordan through discussions on politics, Islam, democracy, human rights, the role of refugees, and multiculturalism and also learn about the ongoing debates surrounding Jordan’s environmental and natural resource challenges.

Outside the capital, they explore Jordan’s ancient history in Gerasa (Jerash) and Gadara (Um Qais), two cities of the Decapolis, a Greco-Roman federation of cities east of the Mediterranean. They float in the Dead Sea, the most spectacular natural landscape in Jordan, visit Petra, one of the new seven wonders of the world, and trek the rocky mountains of Wadi Rum on camelback.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training.

EIL - Ghana

July 2-July 31, 2023


The students' Experiment program starts in Accra, the capital of Ghana, a modern city with ancient roots. This fascinating city of contrasts—a unique blend of traditional and contemporary art and culture—is where they will begin their 95 hours of formal internship.  

They deepen their understanding and immerse themselves in local culture by becoming part of a community for four weeks through their group internship, host community activities, and community projects. They will gain a new perspective on Africa as cosmopolitan, which counters Eurocentric narratives of deprivation and backwardness. Undergirding this program is the concept of Sankofa, which encourages a strong engagement with the past to ensure informed and sustained progress into the future. 

They enhance their critical thinking, time management, and intercultural communication skills through internship with a local community or research organization, business, or international NGO.  They will also be introduced to hiplife music, media houses, and institutions across the country that highlight Ghana’s position in a hyper-globalized world. They will expand their knowledge of present-day Ghana through discussions on politics, democracy, human rights, gender justice, and environmental challenges. 

The Experiment strives to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in program design and delivery and the internship program is a unique opportunity to work in partnership with local communities. Therefore, the internship work is determined by the needs identified by the local communities. This may involve supporting the administrative, archival, curation, and center guidance of the local arts and cultural centers.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn three college credits through The Experiment’s accredited partner institution, School for International Training. 


          NCWA Scholarship Application Process

Juniors seeking scholarships must complete the International Scholarships Application Form (see below) by the date indicated on the form and be interviewed by members of the NCWA Outreach Committee. Program themes relate to the mission of the NCWA: "to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues." Students are encouraged to check out the programs to fully understand what the programs have to offer.

Once students are selected for a scholarship, the final application will need to be submitted to the individual program.


Students may apply for any of the following programs:

EIL- Germany

International Relations and the EU

EIL- Jordan

Arabic language and the Middle

EIL- Ghana

Internship:Comtemporary Art and Culture


Putney-Oxford Academia(the 2 week program)

Oxford, England

International Relations

Student Video about Oxford


Tufts "Summit"- Europe (2 years French required)

Student Video about Tufts

>>>Click here for the 2023 International Scholarship Application Form<<<

Fill out application form >>> Submit to program NCWA by the ___________ deadline >>> Faculty recommendations are due by ____________ >>> Interviews and selection of scholarship recipients by NCWA Outreach Committee in early January>>>Accepted students participate in international programs >>> Returning students submit required essay to NCWA describing their experience <<<Returning students will meet with the NCWA Board to discuss their experiences

Student Meeting With NCWA Members: Upon their return, students will meet with NCWA Board members to discuss the international relations knowledge they have acquired through this experience.

Student essays: We ask each of our returning students to author a brief essay describing their experience. 

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