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Press Release for Monday, October 31, 2016

UNF Student Awarded World Affairs Councils of America Scholarship

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

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Mitchell Gropman, a University of North Florida junior double-majoring in economics and international studies with a concentration in international relations and a minor in Chinese, is a recipient of the World Affairs Councils of America Scholarship to attend the WACA National Conference on America and Global Megatrends in Washington, D.C. November 16 through 18.


“Given the competitive nature of the award, it demonstrates the caliber of students that UNF attracts,” said Dr. Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science and public administration, who nominated Gropman for the opportunity. “In addition, it highlights the strength of the University’s commitment to providing opportunities for students to explore critical issues in Northeast Florida and beyond.”


The scholarship provides Gropman with the opportunity to learn about international affairs and network with members of the foreign policy community. There are more than 90 local WACA programs nationwide and only 25 students were awarded the scholarship.


“This scholarship was open to anyone in Jacksonville and it makes me proud to represent the Ospreys,” said Gropman. “At the conference, I’m hoping to gain insight from people involved in foreign affairs. It’s easy to talk about global issues in class, but it’ll be an amazing perspective to speak with people directly involved with these issues.”


Gropman, a Chicago native who attended high school in south Florida, is the previous president and active member of UNF’s Model United Nations team. He also co-founded the University’s branch of the nonprofit organization Liberty in North Korea, a group dedicated to fundraising and raising awareness to support North Korean refugees.


Gropman is interested in what causes global financial crises and preventing potential financial crises that are facilitated by problems in the housing market. After graduation from UNF in December 2017, he would like to work as an economist.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.