Pfeife Smith Scholarship
The Pfeife Smith World Affairs Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 by the Dayton Council on World Affairs to award scholarships to local students who show a strong interest in political science and/or international studies and who plan to attend the University of Dayton, Wright State University or Sinclair Community College.
DEADLINE for Application and Documentation: Due to the disruptions from coronavirus, DCOWA is extending the deadline to apply to Friday, May 22. Applications (including attachments) must be submitted online via our Google Form here and supplemental documents emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 4:59pm May 22. If you have questions, email or call: (937) 512-3999.
Download the application.
To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:
Be a graduate of a Dayton Public School including any Dayton conversion or start-up charter high school or a local school with an active Junior Council on World Affairs (JCOWA) program during the current academic year, or have received the Pfeife Smith World Affairs Scholarship the previous year. All things equal, preference will be given to students who are active JCOWA participants;
Graduate in the top quarter of his or her class;
Plan to attend the University of Dayton, Wright State University or Sinclair Community College.
Show a strong interest in studying world affairs. Fields of study may include: economics, geography, foreign languages, history, human rights, international banking, international business, international relations, political science, or other related fields;
Demonstrate financial need;
Submit a completed application form and include the following attachments:
An official high school transcript through seven semesters (or in the case of a previous winner, transcripts from their completed college courses)
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor
An essay on a current world problem or event (two to three typed pages, double-spaced)
A list of your extra-curricular activities and honors
A copy of the letter and summary page from the Student Aid Report (SAR) from the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFAS).
An interview with the DCOWA Scholarship subcommittee may be requested.
NOTE: Recipients of the scholarship will be expected to meet with the Dayton Council on World Affairs at its annual meeting to discuss personal, academic and professional goals.
Size and frequency of the scholarship
Two $2,000 scholarships or one $4,000 scholarship will be offered annually. However, the Selection Committee may elect not to award a scholarship if, in its judgment, a suitable candidate cannot be identified. If one scholarship is awarded, the student may opt to have the scholarship sent to the college or university s/he attends in one payment of $4,000, a payment of $2,000 in each of two years, or a payment of $1,000 in each of four years. If two scholarships are awarded, students may opt to have the scholarship sent to the college or university s/he attends in one payment of $2,000 or a payment of $1,000 in each of two years.
Use of the scholarship
The scholarship may be used for tuition and related educational expenses.