Improving International Education

The annual Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship Program presents multiple scholarships (total value of $4,000) 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.

2017 deadline has passed

Abbie Bernet, International Studies Major at the University of North Florida, currently in Soul, South Korea, participating in a Korean Language immersion program.

“I am so thankful to the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville for supporting my semester in South Korea! Living in Seoul stretched my limits, offered me new perspectives and allowed me to continue growing as a global citizen." – Abbie Bernet, 2016, Ambassador 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.

Alicia Castle, Coastal Environmental Science Major at Flagler College, traveled to Kralendijk, Bonaire for an intensive research program on Coral Reef Ecology.


  • JAN/FEB: 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

  • Completed application form (2 pages)
  • A current résumé (1 page)
  • One reference letter (academic endorsement) from a college/university instructor, department chair or dean
  • Completed Travel Estimated Expenses Form (1 page)
  • Impact Statement (max. 500 words)
  • Global Issue Essay (max. 1000 words)