The Tennessee World Affairs Council

in association with

World Affairs Councils of America

announces the

National Conference College Student Scholarship Program

“Braving the New World Order”

November 7-9, 2018

Washington, DC


Held annually for over two decades, the National Conference engages our leading policy-makers and leaders in a discussion of the critical issues facing the nation. The conference is held in November in Washington, DC at leading hotels and conference facilities.

For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives.

By attending this year’s WACA Conference in Washington, DC, you will benefit from:

  • Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States’ role in the world

  • Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming

  • Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the Administration’s “America First” philosophy

  • Visits to think tanks and embassies, networking receptions, and dinners

  • Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking

For information about the 2018 conference — speakers, agenda, etc. — visit the WACA web site [Here].



The 2018 conference is titled Braving the New World Order.


The National Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America provides for 25 scholarships for undergraduate students from the Council network to attend the 2018 National Conference – Braving the New World Order – November 7-9 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

The WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. Carlos Alvarez, is offering these scholarships in order to fulfill our educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The Conference — coming right after the midterm elections — promises to be a special occasion for our network of Council leaders, members, friends, and students to engage with many leading policy makers and analysts about critical foreign and trade policy issues and America’s role in the world.

Scholarship Award

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in the WACA 2018 National Conference. The scholarship includes registration fees plus $1,000 per student to be used towards travel, lodging, and/or incidentals.

Eligibility and Expectations

  • High school students, undergraduates studying in Washington, DC, and graduate students are not eligible.
  • Students who attend the Conference will be expected to blog and post on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) before, during, and after the WACA Conference. The student’s ability to do so will be considered by Councils during the nomination process.
  • Students who attend the Conference will be required to submit a two-page report on their experience. The deadline to do so is Monday, December 3, 2018.


The Tennessee World Affairs Council can nominate one student for the scholarship.

Apply to the Tennessee World Affairs Council via email. To be considered applications use be in the hands of the TNWAC by midnight, Tuesday, September 18th.

The World Affairs Councils of America in Washington, DC will chose the winners from among all Councils’ nominations and make notifications during the week of September 24th.


In a separate Word document, please submit answers to the questions below to  Submissions should be no longer than 5 pages.

1.  Applicant Info:

  • Name and Date of Birth:
  • University/College:
  • Major/Course of Study:
  • Anticipated Graduation:
  • Email Address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Mailing Address:

2. Why should you be selected as a scholarship recipient? Please include examples of each of the following:

A. Academic interest in international affairs:
B. Extracurricular activities in international affairs:
C. Leadership qualities and potential:
D. Travel experience:
E. Career aspirations:
F. Involvement with the Tennessee World Affairs Council:
G. How will you be involved with the Tennessee World Affairs Council after the National Conference:
H. Other qualities that demonstrate that you are an exceptional candidate and would make a great addition to the National Conference:

3. Name/Email/Phone for one person familiar with your academic performance who can be contacted as a reference.

Send applications to You will receive an acknowledgement that your application was received. If you do not get a response call the World Affairs Council office at: 615-460-6011.

Deadline: Midnight, Tuesday, September 18th.


Click on the image to hear from Colleen Ryan, the 2014 TNWAC Scholarship Student, about her experience at the conference.

Click on the image to hear from Meredith Kilburn, the 2015 TNWAC Scholarship Student, about her experience at the conference.


2014 WACA National Conference Vali Nasr Paula Dobriansky Keynote Alex Lari

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