Naples Council
World Affairs
Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and critical global issues
School Outreach

  Mark Walchak, Chair


Twelve Local Students
Win International and Domestic Scholarships
for Summer Study

Students from a cross section of public and private schools in Collier and Lee Counties have been awarded NCWA scholarships for study abroad and in the U.S. next summer. The programs give students opportunities to experience international living or attend special domestic programs that help them decide whether they want to pursue university studies, and perhaps careers, in some aspect of international relations.

Five students were granted international scholarships, five will go to Georgetown University, and two will go to American University. Eleven of the students are from Collier County and one is from Fort Myers High School in Lee County. They were selected from 26 applicants after interviews with a committee of NCWA members, led by committee chair Mark Walchak and member John Kovach.

Information on the international and Georgetown/American University summer programs can be viewed by clicking the respective tabs at the top of this page.

International scholarships for programs in the Experiment in International Living and Student Diplomacy Corps will go to:

Jake Marks of St. John Neumann High School -- Oxford University

Aarnav Seth of Gulf Coast High School -- Germany

Sasha Fernandez of Barron Collier High School -- France

Nick Fallon of Barron Collier High School -- Jordan

Jordan Spellman of Gulf Coast High School -- Ghana

Georgetown University scholarships were awarded to:

Ravelska (Ravi) Lafalaise of Fort Myers High School (studying international relations)

Karen Fernandez-Rua of Gulf Coast High School (studying national security)

Maya Doonan of Gulf Coast High School (studying international relations)

Andrew Herman of Gulf Coast High School (studying international relations)

Courtney Andrews of Golden Gate High School (studying international relations)

American University scholarships were awarded to:

Kennedy White of First Baptist High School (studying international relations)

Savana Varon of Barron Collier High School (studying international relations)

School Outreach Committee

The Naples Council on World Affairs formalized an Outreach Program in 2000 to initiate involvement with local schools, both public and independent in the belief that promoting knowledge and understanding of global affairs and issues among young people is of vital importance to our country.

Over these past years, the Council’s Outreach Programs have increased dramatically from simply having its lecturers speak at Collier County schools, to offering a wide variety of programs detailed in the pages that follow. The volunteer Council members who comprise the Outreach Committee meet regularly during the season and virtually over the summer to plan and execute Outreach activities.

As overseen by the School Outreach Committee, the Naples Council on World Affairs sends Naples high school students to two summer scholarship programs:

  • Outstanding junior students from Naples high schools travel overseas through the Experiment in International Living and Student Diplomacy Corps programs to broaden their experience and understanding of global issues, culture and politics. 
  • Talented students attend summer academies on international affairs and national security at Georgetown University and American University in Washington D.C. 

Please watch and listen to some of these talented youngsters who attended programs in prior years as they reflect on what those experiences meant to them


The School Outreach Committee consists of the following Council members: Mark Walchak - Chair -  Mikeol Stroh/Douglas Magers - Collier County Public Schools, Judy Baker, Gary Biernesser, , Eugene Burke, Linda Crescenzi, , Debbie Doyle,, Joyce Fletcher, Mimi Gregory, Richard Harris, Alan VanEgmond,Judith Lipnick, , Rob Pendergrass, Robert Roussel, Nancy Wallace, Jim Seymour, John Kovach.

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