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Scholarship Applications must be received by January 1st 2019

Click here to learn about the 2019 Application Process

Summer Cultural Ambassador Programs


The Naples Council on World Affairs (NCWA) offers partial scholarships to two overseas summer programs, The Experiment in International Living (EIL) and the Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC). Full information about the programs and countries hosting scholarship programs may be obtained by visiting their websites: https://www.experiment.org

Students applying for either of these 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 includes promoting understanding of diverse international cultures, politics, and economics, we give preference to applications for programs and countries with non-western/European cultures. Consult the programs being offered and then check with the School Outreach Committee Chair for EIL/SDC, Eugene Burke at to see if the program you are interested in is being sponsored by the NCWA. Students may apply for more than one program but will receive only one scholarship.

Use the following form to apply for a summer cultural ambassador scholarship. 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.

If you have any questions about the scholarships or the selection process after consulting the program websites, please contact the Program Chair, Eugene Burke, or the NCWA School Outreach Committee Chair, Robert Haffa, at

The Naples Council on World Affairs is offering scholarships for 11th graders in the amount of $4,500 to successful applicants.  In addition, financial aid may be available from the Experiment in International Living or the Student Diplomacy Corps office based on financial need as determined by completing the financial aid application form provided by their offices.  Participants should anticipate that they will be responsible, at a minimum, for spending money abroad and the cost of roundtrip domestic airfare to the site of overseas departure.

NCWA Scholarship Application Process

Juniors seeking scholarships must complete the Summer Cultural Ambassador Application Form (see below) by the date indicated on the form, and be interviewed by members of the NCWA Affairs Outreach Committee. Priority will be given to applicants for countries outside Western Europe and for program themes within the countries that 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 offered by both the EIL and the SDC to be sure that they are aware of all country and theme programs available. After students are approved by the NCWA Outreach Committee, the final and official EIL/SDC application will be completed online through the NCWA Outreach Committee contact.


Fill out application form >>> Submit to NCWA by Jan 1st deadline >>> Selection of scholarship recipients by NCWA Outreach Committee >>> NCWA scholarship winners apply together with NCWA Outreach Committee for EIL or SDC program participation >>> Accepted students immerse in overseas living >>> Returning students submit an essay to NCWA describing their experience (requirement)<<<

>>>Click here for the 2019 Summer Cultural Ambassador Application Form<<<

The Naples Council on World Affairs School Outreach Committee awarded this year’s annual scholarships to 8 exceptional Collier County students for a summer program abroad sponsored by World Learning Experiment in International Living Program and the Student Diplomacy Corps. The students met the criteria which included their academic achievement, leadership skills, community service and commitment to global understanding and were selected from a pool of applicants.

We congratulate the 2018 winners!

Maria Castellar (Barron Collier)

Joseph Fausey (Palmetto Ridge)

Madison Hopkins (Lely)

Angel Tseng (Golden Gate)

James Ussery (Lely)

Leeandre Alexandre (Golden Gate)

Tomas Panqueva (Gulf Coast)

Kiley Hartman (Lely)

We thank all the members of the Selection Committee, which was generously chaired by Eugene Burke.

Read the essays of 2017 winners

    All of the students who traveled abroad lived with host families for part of their experience and participated in community service activities.

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