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Student Study Abroad Stipends

The Savannah Council on World Affairs (SCWA) provides stipends to as many as nine students each year in support of their plans to engage in a study abroad program.  We believe that such programs increase an individual's perspective on world affairs and gives them a better foundation for future involvement in the larger community.

Each candidate must have already been accepted to a study abroad program, must meet our academic criteria, and must have a verifiable need for financial assistance.  Academic coordinators at Armstrong State University, Savannah State University and Georgia Southern University screen prospective candidates and provide us with a selection from which to choose.

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On behalf of the students, Thank You!




Audio Available - Follow the link below and select the Play button below the title

J. Mathew McInnis: Iran, the U.S., and the Future of the Nuclear Pact

Mr. Randall Schriver: A Three-Way Collision: China, Taiwan, and the USA.



Canada in the New International System: The Environment and International Relations | Print |  E-mail



Date: Thursday, September 21 2017

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.

Louise Blais


Louise Blais began her professional career as an Art Theft Analyst at Interpol.  She then managed the Development Program at the National Archives of Canada from 1992-1996 before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1996.  As a senior diplomat, she has served abroad as Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington and Tokyo and as Minister-Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Embassy in Paris during the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, helping coordinate Canada’s participation in the 2011 G8 in Deauville and the G20 in Cannes.  During this period she was also the Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre.

In Ottawa, at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, she has held the positions of Director of the Public Diplomacy Division where she oversaw Canada’s International outreach and Executive Director of the Rotational Staff Division.   Ms. Blais and her team were responsible for the deployment of over 2000 employees world-wide.

In August 2014, the Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed her Consul General of Canada in Atlanta, covering states with an aggregate bilateral trade of over $50 Billion: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Ms. Blais has served on numerous boards including the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington DC, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and the Tokyo International Film Festival. She is also an alum of the Herbert Quandt Foundation’s Trans-Atlantic and World Young Leaders Forum (2001, 2002, and 2005).


Louise Blais holds a B.A. from McGill University.  She is married to Peter Falkner and has two sons.


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