Youth Leadership Summit
$600 Scholarship Contest

Sister Cities International (SCI)’s goal is to educate future generations who will be our diplomatic leaders.  One way to do that is through the SCI Youth Leadership Summit, which will be held August 1 - 5, 2018, at the University of Denver in Aurora, Colorado.


The SCI Youth Leadership Summit is designed to engage the next generation of leaders and introduce them to the world of international affairs. Through a specialized diplomatic simulation moderated by the U.S. Diplomacy Center, site visits, speaker sessions, and peer collaboration, participants will learn how different national interests drive international cooperation on critical issues. The Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) will provide students with effective problem solving strategies, leadership skills, and insights into international affairs.


Raleigh Sister Cities (RSC) would like to send a rising junior or senior from Wake County to the SCI Youth Leadership Summit this summer with a $600 scholarship that covers the summit’s registration, tuition, room and board.  Travel expenses to and from the summit in Colorado are not included.  


If you are interested in winning the scholarship to the SCI Youth Leadership Summit to represent Raleigh Sister Cities, please submit your application using the Google form.  You will be asked to respond to the 4 essay questions below and describe your involvement in school organizations and clubs related to international education, leadership and service.  


The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 10, 2018.  

The winner will be announced on May 14, and the scholarship will be paid directly to the SCI Youth Leadership Summit in the student’s name.  Upon return from the summit, the winner will write an article for the Raleigh Sister Cities October newsletter to share their experience and give a presentation at the RCS October board meeting, which is held in the evening.


4 Essay Questions*

  • What is citizen diplomacy and why is it important?

  • How can youth be part of citizen diplomacy?

  • How can an individual such as yourself inspire others to take part in supporting and serving our community’s international connections?

  • Why would you be the best person to represent Raleigh Sister Cities at the SCI Youth Leadership Summit?

* Responses will be limited to 300 words for each question.  Please consider writing out your responses to check word count before copying and pasting into form.


Questions?  Contact Sue Patel at