World Trade Week College University Scholarship Application

The World Trade Week committee offers scholarships to aspiring students in international trade fields. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university with the goal of a career in international trade, as well as college students pursuing international degrees. By fostering international trade education and international business development, the committee hopes to develop a network of international trade professionals willing to provide mentoring to future students interested in international business.

Annual Amount

High School $500

College/University $1,000

Additional Selection Criteria

High School

*Scholarship applicants must be students in the Southern California region.

PURPOSE

The World Trade Week Education Committee offers annual scholarship awards to encourage outstanding young women and men to continue in post-secondary study in International Trade and Business. The amount of the award is $500. Career options in this sector are wide-ranging – a list of potential career pathways is attached. Past sponsors of World Trade Week scholarships include Bank of America, DHL, Yusen Terminals, Deloitte, Comcast NBC Universal, Los Angeles World Airports and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.

Scholarship recipients will be those students who plan to pursue studies in programs and careers that reflect a broad definition of International Trade and Business. These programs may lead to careers in law, accounting, product development, freight forwarding, port administration, port services, import/export finance and banking, international relations and government service, among others.

Those who apply for this scholarship will also be in the running to receive another additional $500 scholarship - the Global Trade Scholar Award (more details at the end of this application).

CRITERIA

Scholarships are awarded only to:

Graduating high school seniors in California entering an accredited college or university with a standard minimum GPA of 3.0. These students will indicate their interest in participating in the global economy through their choice of career goals discussed in their essay (see below). Please note that their college major does not have to be international business or international relations: what is most important is their career choice.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

The World Trade Week 2020 Education Committee is sponsoring several $1,000 scholarships for students intending to pursue a career in international trade. Career options in this sector are wide-ranging – a list of potential career pathways is attached. Past sponsors of World Trade Week scholarships include Bank of America, DHL, Yusen Terminals, Deloitte, Comcast NBCUniversal, Los Angeles World Airports and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Those who apply for this scholarship will also be in the running to receive another additional $500 through selection as the Global Trade Scholar Award (more details at the end of this application). The qualifications include:

  1. Full-Time Student: Candidates must be enrolled in a full-time academic program in California relating to international trade with verification of a min. 3.0 GPA. For students whose major does not have an international dimension, an international trade internship will suffice.
  2. Trade Experience Report (one to two pages):

    Option 1: Essay should detail the candidate's demonstrated commitment to a career related to international trade and/or global business through an internship, work experience or a key project related to these fields. The internship report should include the name of the organization/company, explain the international aspect of their business and include a description of the student's activities as an intern or employee. Project-related reports should include a description of key elements learned while working on the project, and concrete plans they have to pursue a career in the field.

    OR

    Option 2: Create a video no more than two minutes that shows viewers what inspired you to take on an international trade related internship, and what you plan to do in the future with what you’ve learned. (See guidelines attached).

  3. Letter of Recommendation: Two Letters of Recommendation, one of which must from the faculty member.
  4. Future Mentor: A candidate must be willing to become a future international trade mentor to other students once he or she has become an international business professional.

The purpose of the scholarships is to foster international trade education and international business development.

The deadline for submission and receipt of the materials described above is 5 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020. Submitted materials will be reviewed and the winners will be notified by mid-April. The scholarship recipients will be awarded at the annual Kickoff Breakfast in downtown Los Angeles. Winners must be present to accept the award, and must provide proof of enrollment in applicable classes at a valid university or college in order to receive the scholarship check.


Application Process

HIGH SCHOOL

A complete application includes:  

  • Scholarship Award Application (completed online below).
  • Option 1: One-page, typed, single-spaced, essay discussing the student’s future college and career goals. The essay must explain how their chosen career relates to international trade, and what they understand international trade to be.

    OR

    Option 2: A 2-minute (maximum time) video submission (see criteria).
  • One letter of recommendation (typed) uploaded below.
    • The recommendation letter may be from a high school faculty member or administrator, or from a community service or work supervisor.
  • An unofficial or official high school transcript uploaded below.

The deadline for submission and receipt of the materials described above is 5 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020. Applications will be reviewed and winners notified by mid-April. The scholarship recipients will be presented with a certificate at the annual Kickoff Breakfast on May 5, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles. Winners must be present to accept the certificate, and must provide proof of enrollment at a valid college or university to receive the scholarship check.

Email entries may be submitted to jgonzalez@lachamber.com.

Additional Scholarship Opportunity:

Global Trade Scholar Award

The Global Trade Scholar Award is the highest honor a World Trade Week scholarship applicant can receive. This award is given to a student that has gone above and beyond their conventional role as a student and shows high potential for influencing global trade in their future career. The award stands for academic excellence and outstanding leadership.

There is no additional requirement for this special scholarship award. Selection of the Global Trade Scholar Award will be based on phone interviews.

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship in addition to their World Trade Week 2020 scholarship ($1,000 in total). This special award will be presented during the main ceremony of the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 5, 2020.

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY

To apply online, go to:  https://lachamber.com/forms/world-trade-week-2020-college-university-scholarship-application/

*If preferred, applicants may submit the internship report, letters of recommendation, and a copy of resume to the following: 

World Trade Week Education Committee 
c/o Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez 
350 S. Bixel St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017 
Fax: 213.580.7545

Email entries may be submitted to jgonzalez@lachamber.com.

Additional Scholarship Opportunity:

Global Trade Scholar Award

All selected scholarship recipients will be reviewed to receive a World Trade Week 2020 scholarship. Selection will be based on additional phone interview.

Requirement: The Global Trade Scholar Award is the highest honor a World Trade Week scholarship applicant can receive. This award is given to a student that has gone above and beyond their regular role as a student and shows high potential for influencing global trade in their future career. The award stands for academic excellence and outstanding leadership.

Winner will receive an additional $500 scholarship in addition to their World Trade Week 2020 scholarship. The award will be presented during the main ceremony of the World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 5, 2020. 

 

For additional information, please contact jgonzalez@lachamber.com.


Deadline

March 13, 2020

For the application or more information go to:
https://lachamber.com/world-trade-week/world-trade-week-educational-initiatives/