Global Scholar Certificate

Global Scholar Certificate Program for High School Students


Applications have closed for the 2016-17  Global Scholars Program.


Emma Shapiro Torch AwardsIn 2013, The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg in cooperation withTierra Woodford Torch Awards Harrisburg Academy and Cumberland Valley high schools launched a pilot Global Scholars program with a mission to engage youth in better understanding global affairs. The Global Scholar Certificate Program serves as the opening stage for global literacy among a wide group of American students from Central Pennsylvania, with the mission to help advance appreciation of diverse cultures, people, languages, and lands among high school students. During the program, the participants learn about the geography, economics, politics, and cultures of the targeted region and will get acquainted with the most current and widely-discussed issues of the region. The students will be encouraged to conduct group research on one of the suggested topics.

Qualifications for Global Scholars Certificate include:

  • Active interest in current events and world affairs
  • Participation in at least 3 events sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, either at school or in the community
  • Participation in Academic World Quest competition, the International Poetry and Storytelling Competition or another special project demonstrating global engagement
  • Participation in the online activities of the program, in which Global Scholars are encouraged to participate in weekly posts on Facebook about current events around the world

Participation may include volunteering to serve as judges, staffing at events or assisting with promoting and publicizing events, as well as serving as an intern for the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. As Global Scholars complete requirements, they are asked to report their accomplishments to both their teacher or advisor, as well as to the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.

The Global Scholars Certificates will be awarded at the annual Torch of Global Enlightenment dinner in May. Returning students who stay with the program for the second, third and fourth year (throughout the high school) will be given higher level roles in the program, which will include mentoring to the younger participants, giving presentations on the researched material and administrative responsibilities at the organized events.

Interested in the Global Scholars Program?  Contact us at or at  (717) 221-1627 for more information.

Deadline for application for the 2016-2017 school year – Nov. 07, 2016

The application form can be found here.

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