Model NATO Challenge
29 Students – 29 Nations
The Model NATO Challenge is a scholarship competition in which the top 29 applicants along with 6 alternates are chosen to participate in a mock global crisis simulation, confronting issues facing today’s NATO Alliance. Student Diplomats are chosen to represent each of the NATO Member Nations. Student Diplomats must work together to address a crisis scenario such as piracy, immigration, or another issue that faces the NATO Alliance today. Student Diplomats are assigned mentors, military officers from each of the member countries, who assist in preparing the students for the challenge while teaching them about their culture, national military resources and political backgrounds.
Student Diplomats will be judged on their leadership and diplomacy skills, and the top Three Finalists are awarded Scholarships!
2020 Model NATO Challenge Event has been Canceled. Please check back in the fall for 2021 application and event info.
Model NATO Press Corps Program
Students selected to participate as Press Corps will cover the Model NATO Challenge in a live media role, interviewing Student Diplomats, tweeting and posting from the Challenge, and writing blogs covering all aspects of the program. Members of the Press Corps will have the opportunity to work with NATO-ACT's Public Affairs Office and Virginia Wesleyan University's Communications Department. Press Corps articles will be scored by a panel of judges and the winning article will be featured in selected publications. A maximum of 10 students will be chosen for the Press Corps. To participate as a Press Corps member, please complete and submit the Press Corps application HERE.