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

The Daniel D. Bumstead
Global Scholar Program

The goal of the Global Scholar Certification is to create an NCWA program that encourages students in our community to seek a career in international relations and foreign policy. The strategy is:

1.   To encourage students to take academic courses furthering their knowledge 
    of countries outside the United States.  

2.   To expose them to in-depth discussions of critical global issues.

3.   To learn a second language, which facilitates a lifelong dialogue in world affairs.

4.   To provide training that encourages a career in foreign service.

We are committed to supporting full student participation regardless of their socio-economic status.

The program is named for Daniel D. Bumstead, a former president of the NCWA, the longest serving Great Decision leader (24 years), chair of the Board’s School Outreach Program, and an unwavering champion of student programs to encourage a career in foreign service. Dan passed away on March 11, 2019.

>>>For a description of the program click here.

>>>For an application to join the program click here.*

(Applications may be filed through September 30, pending program availability)

* This form is a PDF file that can be filled in online, saved and printed. Using it on a smart phone, especially on an iPhone, may require a conversion to PDF before it can be filled in (click the Action Button at the bottom of the screen and then choose "Create PDF).


Alexander J.G.R. Wilson Win Thant Hlaing

Seacrest Country Day School   Gulf Coast High School


Marie Rueda        Anya Brenner Alexia Espinoza Vlad

Immokalee High School        Community School of Naples  Baron Collier High School

Two members of the Global Scholars Program won awards 
during the 2022 Southwest Florida Model UN competition 
at Florida Gulf Coast University. Shown with program leader 
Mimi Gregory are Win Thant Hliang, left, of Gulf Coast
High School, who won the $2,500 Thomas O’Gorman
Scholarship, and Alexia Espinoza Vlad of Barron Collier
High School, who won the $1,000 Rising School Delegate Award.

Two Scholars Are Off to University!

Congratulations to two of our graduating scholars! 

Win Thant Hlaing was accepted at Yale University, where he will begin studies this fall, majoring in political science, which includes the subfields of American government, comparative politics and international relations.

Alex Wilson will be attending the Elliott School of International Relations at George Washington University.

  Why I Joined the Global Scholar Program 

(Comments from Global Scholars)

Not only will participation in the Global Scholars Program grant me access to all of its intriguing and thought-provoking lectures, but it will also enable me to surround myself with like-minded individuals, gain a deeper understanding of global affairs, make better decisions as a global citizen, and pursue a related career.

I pride myself on being a curious and inquisitive global citizen, but my research is limited to news articles and internet resources. The lectures and intellectual conversations included in Global Scholar simply surpass what I currently have access to. I also recognize that this program strongly aligns with my plans to work in foreign affairs, and it would serve as valuable insight into a future career.

People all across the world are lacking in knowledge of global affairs, something which could benefit both their education and their lives. Through the NCWA’s Global Scholar Program among other activities, I hope to gain greater knowledge to enhance my ability to aid the underprivileged in foreign countries, allowing them to develop and become truly successful in the world outside their villages.”

I am interested in making a career in international relations and being able to meet and interact with people who are actively making a living in this field. Meeting these people who have made careers in the field of international relations is the primary reason I am applying to this program.

This program will prepare me for studying international relations in college as well as a possible career in foreign service. Lastly, this amazing program will teach me more about the world and understanding of different perspectives.

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