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KC-Area Student Receives Selective National Scholarship

Tuesday, October 2, 2018  
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Kansas City, MO (October 2, 2018) – Engoma Fataki, a junior at Missouri Western State University » in St. Joseph, has been named a Student Scholar by the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) » and invited to attend the WACA National Conference in Washington, D.C., in November 2018. There, he will join 24 other Student Scholars from around the United States to engage with leading policy makers and analysts about critical foreign and trade policy issues and the United States’ role in the world.

A 2016 graduate of East High School and fluent in English, Portuguese, and Swahili, Fataki is studying political science and international studies with a minor in peace and conflict resolution at Missouri Western, where he has also served as a student senator. He aims to work for an international organization like the United Nations or U.S. State Department or to attend law school and work as an immigration lawyer. Fataki arrived in the United States as a refugee originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After living with his family in refugee camps in Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique, Engoma found his way in October 2014 to Kansas City, where he quickly became active as a volunteer with his school, church, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and a local Rotary Club. He possesses considerable leadership experience, including being selected as one of only 25 youth from around the country to participate in the 2016 Global Youth Consultation hosted by the Women’s Refugee Commission and UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Fataki was nominated for the honor by the
International Relations Council (IRC) », a Kansas City nonprofit organization and member of the World Affairs Councils of America that works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. The organization brings world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, hosts forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and creates opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad.

For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives. This year’s conference, held from November 7-9 in Washington, D.C., carries the theme, “Braving the New World Order,” and will feature such speakers as former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder, international economist Dr. Dambisa Moyo, and Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

For more information, please contact Matthew Hughes, executive director of the International Relations Council, at » or 816-423-2632.