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Global Scholars

Since 2004, the Global Scholars program has provided a select group of extraordinary students opportunities for extra-curricular intellectual enrichment, including monthly lectures, special speaker series, and cultural events, which engage them in important scholarly dialogue about global issues.

The Global Scholars experience incorporates research, travel, and study abroad opportunities. In the concluding year of their scholarship, all Global Scholars create and defend an in-depth independent Capstone Project concerning a global issue, culminating in a public presentation of their work.

Meeting Steve Forbes

WMA's Global Scholars met Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of "Forbes" magazine, at the Springfield Public Forum Sept. 13.


Global Scholars receive:

  • Up to $3,500 toward one WMA-sponsored international travel opportunity
  • Monthly lecture opportunities and cultural events to foster dialogue of global issues, and Senior Research Project
  • Travel benefits: Student travel is carefully designed by faculty members at the Academy to include an educational component as well as a spirit of adventure.


current global scholars


2019-2020 Global Scholars

  • Shane Appiah '21
  • Xiaojiung "Emily" Du '20
  • Jeremy DuBois '21
  • Liam Etti '20
  • Emily Fafard '20
  • Liam Garrison '20
  • Grace Gouin '20
  • Ragene Hong '20
  • Michelle Itkin '22
  • Ten Kalule '21
  • Jackson Kang '20
  • Yusi "Christine" Mo '21
  • Norah Omar '21
  • Hao "Harrison" Pan '20
  • Jack Perenick '21
  • Julia Puppolo '20
  • An Chuc "Ann" Tran '21
  • Jack Whitcomb '21
  • Xin "Julie" Xiong '20
  • Kyle Yamagishi-Rodstein '20

Apply for Global Scholars


Information for applicants interested in the 2020-2021 academic year will be made available in December.




How to Apply

Application timeline

Candidates must fill out an online application through Google Forms (link to be posted in December).

Application deadline is in February.

Global Scholars will be named in April.


Contact Mrs. Hutcheson for more details.


Online App

WMA Upper School students maintaining a minimum 3.7 GPA may apply. Candidates must fill out an online application through Google Forms (link to be posted in December). Application deadline is in February.

Required information includes:

  • Essay
  • Academic achievements
  • Current courses
  • Activities and Leadership positions held
  • Name of recommending teacher

Criteria for Global Scholars

Scholarship/Academic Excellence

  • GPA of 3.7 or higher
  • Honors and AP level coursework
  • Critical Thinker
  • Academic Excellence


  • Desire to learn inside and outside of the classroom
  • Independent Learner
  • Reads many different texts and explores new ideas and topics
  • Inquisitive
  • Seeks challenges


  • Has a global mindset
  • Open to sharing ideas
  • Engages in discussions of global concerns
  • Has strong interest in other cultures
  • Keeps up with current events


  • Contributes to classroom discussions and learning environment
  • Engages peers
  • Respected by teachers
  • Interested in more than just grades


  • Has a passion they pursue
  • Explores opportunities to build upon this passion
  • Shares passion with others


  • Strong ethical ideals
  • Strong sense of self in relation to others
  • Follows all WMA rules
  • Well-mannered
  • Maintains academic integrity
  • Adheres to all WMA rules


  • Exhibits Ambition and Drive
  • Focused and dedicated to their passion and studies
  • Engages in discussion
  • Represents WMA well as Ambassador on trips and events


  • Engages in WMA community outside of the classroom—athletically, artistically, socially, globally
  • Represents WMA global mission well
  • Makes contributions to WMA through scholastics, academic, athletic
  • Open-Minded
  • Represents WMA

Global Scholars Dinner

Global Scholar Archives

past events

Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. “America’s Future in the Global Economy”- Springfield Public Forum.

Author Mitch Albom, speaking engagement at Springfield College.

Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker. “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America” - Springfield Public Forum.

91st Annual Meeting & Dinner with US Representative Richard Neal on Ireland & Brexit. The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts at Springfield Sheraton Hotel.

Mt. Holyoke Weissman Center for Leadership. “The Media and Race: Why It Matters” by Tanzina Vega, CNN Money's national reporter. Location: in Dwight 101.

Author Loung Ung, co-writer of “And Then They Killed My Father." On-campus speaker at WMA, lunch/breakout session for Global Scholars.

Michael Steele, former RNC Chair and political analyst on MSNBC. “The New Political Scene” - Springfield Public Forum.

Eagle Hill School to bring award-winning, best-selling novelist Viet Nguyện to Central Massachusetts.

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, Viet Nguyện received critical acclaim for his 2016 novel The Sympathizer and the short story collection, The Refugees. The Sympathizer earned him the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for First Novel, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction.

"Critical Connections: Trump Presidency and Foreign Policy in Middle East" lecture in Amherst.

To better understand the current direction of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, join us for a conversation with UMass Professor David Mednicoff and Professor Osamah Khalil, Syracuse University.

"Educate a Girl, Change the World" lecture by Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder of SOLA, the School of Leadership in Afghanistan. Held at Symphony Hall in Springfield, as part of the Springfield Public Forum.

Mt. Holyoke's Weissman Center for Leadership - hosting Carmen Yulin Cruz Sotor, Mayor of San Juan.

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts, panel discussion on "The Refugee Experience in Western Massachusetts"

Springfield Public Forum, Adam Minter "Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade"

The World Affairs of Western Massachusetts, lecture by journalist and author Okey Ndibe "Does Nigeria Have a Fighting Chance Against Boko Haram?"

Springfield Public Forum, John Hunter "BluePrint for Peace"

Mt. Holyoke Global Resident in Scholar lecture "Women's Leadership: Ending Wars and Building Peace"

Springfield Public Forum, Edith Widder "Light in the Dark of the Depth"

Springfield Public Forum, Fredrik Logevall "Embers of War, The Fall of an Empire in the Making of America's Vietnam"

Springfield Public Forum, Meet the Author breakout student session and lecture with Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us"

World Affairs Council Annual Dinner, lecture by Ambassador Marc Grossman, former U.S. Special Envoy to Afghanistan & Pakistan

Lecture, Mt. Holyoke College Global Scholar in Residence Olga Speranskaya "Toxic-Free Future: Health and Environmental Justice for Chemical Safety"

Dinner at WMA with Dr. Xiangming Chen, Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College

Springfield Public Forum, Isabel Wilkerson "The Warmth of Other Suns: Journeys of the Great Migration"

Springfield Public Forum, Senator Olympia Snowe, "Fighting for Common Ground: Fixing the Stalemate in Congress"

Springfield Public Forum, Sherry Turkle "Alone Together, The Flight from Conversation"

Global Scholar Holiday Dinner, Sharing our Cultures

Visit Wellesley College Art Museum

Global scholar list

  • Elizaveta Biryukova '19
  • Ashley Bradway '18
  • Wenjun "Happy" Chang '18
  • Ziyi Chen '19
  • Jade Chlapowski '18
  • Jaehyuk "Sean" Chung '18
  • Erika Convery '19
  • Nicolas Dubois '18
  • Liam Etti '20
  • Alyssa Gaderon '19
  • Liam Garrison '20
  • Nick Gourley '18
  • Clara Harrington '18
  • Maia Hutcheson-Jones '19
  • JiYeon "Jane" Jang '18
  • Shiyin Liu '18
  • Zihan "Leo" Liu '18
  • SooYoung "Harry" Park '18
  • Julia Puppolo '20
  • Celina Rivernider '19
  • Gokul Sivakumar '19
  • Oron Steingrub '18
  • Emma Stoll '18
  • Yuke "Wendy" Wu '19
  • Yitian Zha '18
  • Allie Collins Anderson
  • Ashley Bradway
  • Clara Harrington
  • Colin O'Brien
  • Danielle Bellefeuille
  • David Little
  • Drew Morrison
  • Geqiong (Luciar) Zhao
  • Jiaming (Martin) Mao
  • Jisang Kim
  • Jordana Irzyk
  • Julia Sparago
  • Mary Sparago
  • LiuYi Wang
  • Lucas Roos
  • Peter Labbe
  • Shiyin (Sally) Liu
  • SooYoung (Harry) Park
  • Xi Wang
  • XinYu (Joy) Weng
  • Yi (Sally) Qiu
  • Yiming Lu


  • Berkan Bolkan
  • Jordana Irzyk
  • Justin Jang
  • Peter Labbe
  • Racquelle Leach
  • Colin O'Brien
  • Alina Shirley
  • Joy Weng
  • Luciar Zhao


  • Sarah Burke
  • Emily Carson
  • Allie Collins-Anderson
  • Carolyn Cross
  • Roger Cui
  • Andrew Faulstich
  • Jackson French-Robitaille
  • Nick Gilfor
  • Meg Harrington
  • Ashley Imbriano
  • Brian Kennedy
  • David Little
  • Evan Qiao
  • Tammy Qiu
  • Kristin Reeves
  • Aparana Sivakumar
  • Jessica Smith
  • Valeria Surkavaite
  • Ben Soder
  • RJ Taylor
  • Soorim Yoon
  • Emily Zeno

Global Scholars College Matriculation

  • Amherst College
  • Brown University
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Wake Forest University