WACA and Councils to Provide 25 Student Scholarships for 2022 National Conference

The Board of Directors of the World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce that WACA will offer 25 scholarships for undergraduate students to attend the 2022 National Conference - Navigating a Fractured World - November 16-18 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Councils are welcome to solicit applications from today and nominate one scholarship candidate.

The WACA Board, in partnership with The Gambrinus Company and Mr. and Mrs. Carlos and Malú Alvarez, offer these scholarships in order to fulfill WACA's educational mission and to prepare future leaders for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The 2022 National Conference 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 key global issues and America's role in the world.

Scholarship Award: $1,000 plus free registration

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to make the WACA 2022 National Conference available to a very important audience: our promising undergraduate scholars. The scholarship includes $1,000 per student, to be used towards travel, lodging, and/or incidentals, plus complimentary registration


To broaden the reach and to make it fair for all, the intent of this scholarship program is to recruit unaffiliated undergraduate students.


  • World Affairs Councils must publicize the WACA scholarship opportunity in a substantial manner to their members and local educational institutions in order to attract the best potential candidates.
  • Each Council executive may nominate one college undergraduate student, 18 years or older, from their local Council communities. High school students, undergraduates studying in Washington, DC, and graduate students are not eligible.
  • Repeat scholarship applicants are not permitted.
  • Current or pending Council Interns are not permitted.


  • The student must submit: the Application Form, their resume, and a 1-2 page Letter of Intent.
  • The Council must submit: the Nomination Form and a Letter of Recommendation from the Council head explaining why the student has been selected for consideration for this scholarship.
  • Students who attend the Conference will be expected to blog and post on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, etc.) before, during, and after the WACA Conference. The student's ability to do so should be considered by Councils during the nomination process.
  • Selected students who attend the Conference will be required to submit a two-page report on their experience. The deadline to do so is Friday, December 2, 2022

Additional Details

  • Applications are due by Friday, September 30. The Council should email the completed Nomination Form and accompanying Letter of Recommendation to Kaela Rider at krider@worldaffairscouncils.org. The student should email their materials directly to Kaela.
  • Nominated students will be reviewed by the National Office in consultation with the WACA National Board of Directors. Selections will be announced the week of October 3.
  • The National Office will confirm the selected undergraduates to their Councils and will register these participants for the 2022 Conference.
  • WACA will then provide a scholarship check of $1,000 per selected student, made out to the Council, to help cover travel, lodging, and other expenses for the scholarship recipient. Councils are responsible for making these arrangements with/for the selected students.
  • We strongly urge scholarship participants to make every effort to book rooms at WACA's discounted group rate at The Mayflower Hotel at their earliest chance.

Council leaders, this is a competitive program and we look forward to receiving nominations of excellent candidates. We also hope that you will encourage your Council members and board members to register now for the 2022 National Conference. Please let us know if you have any questions. 


Thank you to our generous sponsor!

WACA Conference Agenda

Get ready for high caliber speakers, groundbreaking panels, expanded networking opportunities, and more!

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15: WACA Board Meeting and 1918 Society Dinner (Members only!)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: Leadership Day Workshops (Council execs & staff only!)
  • Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 16-18: Keynote Speakers, Panels, and Exclusive Offsite Sessions

Remember to keep checking WACA Newsletters and the 2022 National Conference website for important updates to the agenda as well as announcements of new speakers and program details.

Hotel Reservation

We are pleased to share that the hotel block is now open at the special rate of $294 / night plus tax (this rate applies to reservations as early as Nov. 14 and as late as Nov. 19). Given that the WACA Conference hotel block sells out early, we encourage you to book your room now!

Thanks to WACA's long-term contractual relationship with The Mayflower, we remind you to save the dates for the 2023 National Conference (Nov. 14-17). Be sure to mark your calendars!