20 Under 20

In 2016 the Council created “20 Under 20” as part of the Global Young Leaders Program. This initiative will honor 20 exceptional high school students under the age of 20 who are active in their local Junior World Affairs Council clubs (JWACs) and have been nominated and chosen to receive the Council’s award for their proven leadership skills as well as their interest in international and domestic policy. 20 Under 20 brings a spotlight to young people in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex who consistently give back to their communities and exemplify what it means to be a global citizen. 

Based on applications for that year's 20 Under 20 Class, a Council advisory panel will choose one winner of the Global Gateway Grant, a $2,000 grant. An event will be held in the late spring to recognize the 20 Under 20 class of that year and announce the winner of the grant. The Council has established a 20 Under 20 Program that honors students for their educational and civic accomplishments. JWAC students are eligible to apply for the 20 Under 20 Program in the spring if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Received a Global Leadership Certificate during a previous year or the current school year
  2. Held or hold a leadership position in the student's JWAC during high school
  3. Provide a nomination by the JWAC teacher sponsor
  4. Submit an essay describing the student's experiences in the Global Young Leaders Program
  5. Submit the student's resume

Deadline for submission: 11:59 p.m.(CST), Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Application Instructions

To apply, email Amy Miller the following documents in PDF or Word format:

  1. Your one-page resume of academic, extracurricular and other activities
  2. A 700-to-800 word essay addressing one or both of the following questions:
    • How has JWAC changed my world view?
    • How has JWAC equipped me to become a better leader?
  3. A scanned copy or photo of your Global Leadership Certificate (PNG and JPEG also acceptable)
  4. A letter of recommendation emailed or faxed directly by the JWAC Sponsor to Amy Miller (fax: 214-965-8519). The sponsor must include which JWAC Leadership position you held and when.



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