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Now Available: AFSA College Scholarship Applications

The American Foreign Service

Association will begin accept-

ing scholarship applications

for the 2016-2017 academic

year on Nov. 15. This year,

AFSA anticipates granting

nearly $260,000 in academic

and art merit awards, a com-

munity service award and

financial aid scholarships to

more than 75 Foreign Service


For Incoming or Current


• Need-based Financial

Aid Scholarships:


will award approximately

55 financial aid scholarships

ranging from $3,000 to

$5,000, depending on family

financial situations, to attend

an accredited two-year or

four-year higher education

institution in the United

States or overseas.

The deadline for submit-

ting an AFSA financial aid

scholarship application is

March 6, 2016.

For Graduating High

School Seniors

• Academic Merit


AFSA will confer

13 academic merit awards of

$2,500 each and two honor-

able mentions of $1,000

each. A $500 best essay

award will also be granted to

one student from the appli-

cant pool.

• Art Merit Awards:

AFSA will present one art

merit prize of $2,500 and up

to three honorable mentions

valued at $1,000 each for

artistic achievements within

the following categories:

visual arts, musical arts,

performing arts and creative


• Community Service


Students can also

compete for

$2,500, which will

be awarded to one

student for distin-

guished contribu-

tions to the com-

munity through

service and

volunteerism. To

qualify, applicants

must have applied

for either the academic merit

or art merit awards.

The deadline for sub-

mitting an AFSAmerit or

community service award

application is Feb. 6, 2016.

Applicants must be tax-

dependent children of AFSA

members who are active-

duty, retired, deceased or

separated Foreign Service

employees with the State

Department, USAID, FCS,

FAS, BBG or APHIS. If eligible,

students can apply for all four

awards. Not all who

submit applications

will receive aid.

The AFSA Scholar-

ship Fund’s endow-

ment stands at more

than $7 million, all of

which comes from

generous contri-

butions. No AFSA

member dues go

toward the AFSA Scholarship

Fund. This beneficial program

has disbursed more than $4

million to 2,200 students in

the last 25 years—all children

of Foreign Service personnel

and AFSAmembers.

For questions regarding

scholarships or for more

information on becoming a

member of AFSA, contact

AFSAScholarship Director Lori

Dec at

. Visit

to learn

more about how to apply.


most pressing and promising


The gathering produced

voluntary commitments by

non-military state actors, civil

society organizations and

environmental and scientific

experts to take action to miti-

gate acidification, pollution

and overfishing. This outcome

would not have been possible

but for the skilled efforts of

the event’s organizers to build

bridges for addressing a com-

mon challenge.

Stephenson’s message

was aptly suited for the eve-

ning’s agenda, during which

Dame Nicola Brewer, retired

senior diplomat at the Foreign

and Commonwealth Office

and now UCL vice provost

for international projects,

launched UCL’s new Global Engagement Strategy.

The GES is in line with the

institution’s role as one of

the leading multidisciplinary

research universities in the

world. The strategy’s purpose

is to help convene leaders

and develop experts capable

of participating in “partner-

ships of equivalence,” in which

mutual trust and respect

reign and the benefits flow in

both directions—precisely the

types of partnerships lauded

by Stephenson.

“You know how to identify

stakeholders, how to tap into

the latest research, how to

frame an agenda and how to

go about convening the right

people around a problem

set,” Stephenson concluded,

urging audience members

to join the cause. “Let’s not

underestimate the impor-

tance of a safe space for well-

educated, well-intentioned

people to come together

to explore fair solutions to

global challenges.”

AFSA plans to launch a

conversation on how the

Foreign Service is ideally

suited to fill the governance

gap and hopes to sponsor a

programmatic series,“The

New Threat Set: Diplomacy

and the Foreign Service in the

Age of Globalization,” in the

coming months.

For more information

about upcoming programs,






—Maria C. Livingston,

Associate Editor

“New Threat Set” • Continued

from page 69