EDUCATION

We offer free student memberships, enabling young people in the community to learn in a discussion-based setting. Furthermore, we create educational resources and are looking to cooperate with local school-based International Relations and Debate clubs.

Our Norman Woodberry Scholarship is awarded annually to deserving university students who want to study abroad in pursuit of an international career.

In memory of Barbara Chisolm, who was Chairman of the Board for World Affairs Forum from 1998 to 2001, each year, we give Book Awards to outstanding area high school students whose focus includes international studies or foreign languages.

We also offer internships for university and secondary school candidates who have an interest in world affairs, excellent communication skills, and a responsible work ethic.

Read more about these opportunities below.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIPS

As a result of the kind donations on behalf of our members and corporate sponsors, we offer basic memberships for free to students. Exceptional students may also be nominated for access to additional events. Check our calendar for upcoming forums.

To qualify as a student, you must be enrolled full-time at an accredited institution (middle school, high school, or degree-granting university) and be under the age of 25. If possible, bring a school ID or other proof of enrollment. Home-schooled students should bring a note from a parent.

The only other requirement is a passion for foreign affairs and learning more about the world!

Teachers & School Faculty: Do you teach History? Debate? Government and Politics? Model United Nations? Or do you just know students who would benefit from a chance to explore their global interests? Let us know what we can do to encourage the study of world affairs in your classroom! Reach out to us at info@worldaffairsforum.org, check out our Youtube Channel, or consider bringing a group of students to a Forum event.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Norman Woodberry Scholarship will award up to $5000 to a college or university student based upon the following selection criteria:

  • Resident of or studying in Fairfield County, CT or Westchester County, NY
  • Attending a four-year university or college
  • Funds to be used for study abroad (e.g. semester or longer) at an accredited academic institution
  • Demonstrated financial need as determined by the Scholarship Committee
  • High achiever (top 25% of class and/or minimum B average)
  • Contributor to school and community life
  • Minimum 2 recommendations (2 professors or 1 professor / 1 academic adviser)
  • Commitment by the scholarship recipient to provide the World Affairs Forum with an end-of-program report and to speak before a World Affairs Forum audience on a minimum of one occasion following completion of the program.
  • Applicants must be available for a personal interview. Applicants will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and finalists will be invited for an interview.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31st of the spring prior to travel. Forms may be found here (for applicants) and here (for recommenders) or applicants may contact the Forum directly by calling (203) 356-0340 or by sending an email to info@worldaffairsforum.org.

BOOK AWARDS

The World Affairs Forum gives a limited number of book awards to deserving students in international studies or foreign languages each year. Teachers nominate their best and brightest students, who are then recognized with signed copies of books from our wonderful speakers. Have your high school reach out to us to join our program.

The late Barbara Chisolm was Executive Director of the World Affairs Forum from 1988 to 1999. Since she was a resident of Greenwich, the Forum decided to award an annual book to a student at Greenwich High School to commemorate Barbara's dedication to the Forum and to the World Affairs Councils of America, of which she was Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2001. The 2018 winner was Greenwich High School student Alexandra Braverman, in recognition of her excellence in international studies.

We also give out the Center for Global Studies award(s), to Brien McMahon students that demonstrate great merit in foreign languages. They are awarded for Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese language study.

Interested schools should contact: info@worldaffairsforum.org.

INTERNSHIPS

Unpaid internships are open to interested university or exceptional high school students who are attending school or living in the Stamford area. Generally, summer internships are at least a month long, consisting of a minimum of 30 hours per week. Academic year interns should plan to join us 8-10 hours per week for around three months. 

A qualified intern should:

  • Have relevant office, IT, marketing, or fundraising talents
  • Have strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Have a compelling academic record (minimum B average)
  • Have a serious interest towards international relations, foreign affairs, and/or non-profit organizations
  • Want to challenge themselves while making a difference in the community

Send us your resume or contact info@worldaffairsforum.org for further information. 

We are affiliated with World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), with more than 95 affiliate Councils representing 86,000 members nationwide.

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SCHOLARSHIP HONOR ROLL

Ann Hewitt (2018)

Fairfield County resident, student at Mount Holyoke College, MA, to study in Athens, Greece in late 2018.

Genesis Sanchez (2018)

New York, NY resident, student at Fairfield University, CT, to study in Gambia during the summer of 2018.

Marissa Browne (2017)

Stamford resident, student at University of Notre Dame, IN, to study in Chile during the fall of 2017.

Aliyah Phipps (2016)

Student at Fairfield University, to study in Beijing during the 2016-17 school year.

Can-Jenea Betances (2016)

Student at College of New Rochelle, to study in London during the summer of 2016.

Alondra Rodriguez (2015)

Student at Manhattanville College, to study in Spain during the spring of 2016.

Solanlly Canas (2015)

Student at Fairfield University, to study in Ireland during the spring of 2016.

Maria Flores (2015)

Student at Fairfield University, to study in Australia during the spring of 2016.

Jasmine Aaron Raghunadan (2015)

Student at Fairfield University, to study in Japan during the fall of 2015.

Diana Bosch (2014)

Student at Fairfield University, to study in France during the 2014-15 academic year.

Nari Kim (2014)

Student at SUNY Potsdam, to study in Korea during fall 2014.

Prakiti Kumar (2014)

Student at University of Connecticut, to study in England during fall 2014.

VOLUNTEER

We can always use volunteers for our events, particularly our annual WorldQuest competition or our quarterly Forum events. If you would like to help out, please contact us at info@worldaffairsforum.org. Thank you!

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