Global Classrooms DC Student Wins George Washington University Scholarship

Below is a message from Paula Boland, UNA-NCA Executive Director

April 25, 2012
Often times you receive updates about progress and challenges on many UNA-NCA activities, particularly of our flagship Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) program. We are very proud to share some very exciting news from one of our beneficiaries, Samantha Brew from McKinley Technology High School.


Samantha, who has been participating in GCDC for three years and will serve as Secretary General at our May 1st Annual Spring Model UN Conference, won one of nine prestigious Trachtenberg Scholarship Awards, to attend the George Washington University!  It is a full four-year scholarship, including tuition, room and board, books, and more (worth about $250,000). GW President Steven Knapp surprised Samantha at her school. Watch this special moment at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_iNhA2XPnc&feature=youtu.be

Samantha credits GCDC with guiding her toward international affairs and international law, as well as improving her public speaking. She and her family thank the GCDC team and everyone at UNA-NCA, with an extra-special thank you to GCDC team member Gena Magill who coordinates our GCDC youth team, for her continued mentoring support during the application process.                                                                     


Samantha has been participating in GCDC Model UN since her sophomore year when she represented Turkey. Her experience shaped her career plan to become a human rights prosecutor: “I want to be able to represent those people who don’t have any representation. I found out that 525,000 people were trafficked through Turkey every year – it blew my mind. From that moment on, I knew I had to do something about I ... [Model UN] helps develop awesome communication skills and helps us learn how to network and negotiate with our peers … It helped me connect and get to know people.”

Samantha is just one of the thousands of students who benefit from the GCDC program. She hopes that others will join Model United Nations and contribute to the efforts of Global Classrooms DC: “Getting this opportunity in high school is amazing, you get to put your ideas out there, it’s a very unique experience.”

We're so proud of this amazing young woman.  You'll get to see her onstage at the State Department on May 1st, and perhaps at some GCDC events before then.

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