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Another Season Showcases NCWA's Contributions to Schools


We've wrapped up another gratifying, successful year of School Outreach programs at NCWA with a wide range of activities, from Academic WorldQuest™ (AWQ) competitions for middle and high school students, to scholarship alumni finding success in their college careers, to selection of an Educator

of the Year -- and certainly not least of all, to note that students were studying in the U.S. and abroad last summer.

Inside the pages of this section, you will find reports and photos of these activities and more. Special thanks go to the many volunteer members of NCWA! We are pleased to support to the promising futures of students and to the outstanding and dedicated educators that we have been privileged to meet along the way.
Mark Walchak

Now, we're moving into preparations for the coming year.

For the coming season, Middle School and High School Academic WorldQuest competition dates have been scheduled. They are Saturday, March 2, 2024 for the Middle School event and March 23, 2024 for the High School competition, both at the Community School of Naples. Preparations are under way for other programs, including summer study scholarships.

Below, you will find information about our programs this past season:

For international scholarships for summer study and students selected, please click here.

For domestic scholarships for summer study and students selected, please click here.

For Academic WorldQuest competition information and results, click here.

For information about internships and careers, click here.

For the 2023 Educator of the Year award, click here.

For alumni news, click here.

School Outreach Program

The Naples Council on World Affairs formalized an Outreach Program in 2000 to initiate involvement with both public and independent local schools 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 School Outreach Committee meet regularly during the season and virtually over the summer to plan and execute outreach activities. 

As overseen by the committee, NCWA offers scholarship opportunities for current high school juniors to participate in North American and international scholarship programs:

  • International: Students travel overseas to participate in programs that broaden their experience and understanding of global issues, culture and politics. Programs are offered through the Experiment in International Living, Oxford Academia (Putnam), and Tufts Summit.
  • North America: Students attend summer academies on international affairs and national security at Georgetown, American, Tufts or McGill universities. 

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

Members of the School Outreach Committee:

Mark Walchak - Chair
Mikeol Stroh/Douglas Magers - Collier County Public Schools
Judy Baker, Gary Biernesser, Linda Crescenzi, Debbie Doyle,
Joyce Fletcher, Jean Foster, Mimi Gregory, John Kovach, Rob Pendergrass,
Robert Roussel, Jim Seymour, Alan VanEgmond, Nancy Wallace

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