Press Release for Monday, October 31, 2016
UNF Student Awarded World Affairs Councils of America Scholarship
Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
of Public Relations
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
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.
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