Model NATO Challenge 2018

Model NATO Challenge 2018
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. 29 Student Diplomats are chosen to represent each of the 29 NATO Member Countries. Student Diplomats must work together to address a crisis scenario such a piracy, immigration or another issue that faces the NATO Alliance today. Student Diplomats are assigned mentors, military officers from each of the 29 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!

This year’s Model NATO Challenge will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at Virginia Wesleyan University!

To apply for the Model NATO Challenge, students must complete the Application, which includes an essay and a letter of recommendation. Based on the combined score of their Application essay and their performance in the Challenge simulation, the Top Three Finalists are awarded Scholarships to the College or University of their choice!

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Schedule of Events


Why should I apply?  

Application Deadline
January 12, 2018

  • Learn more about NATO and its 29 Member Nations
  • Cooperate with other Diplomats to come to a consensus regarding the challenge scenario
  • Work with a NATO Mentor from your nation
  • Build your skills in diplomacy and leadership
  • Learn how to prepare, organize and present information before other Diplomats

Who can apply? 

  • Hampton Roads high school juniors and seniors

How do I apply? 

  • Complete and Submit the Model NATO Challenge Application by Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Include Letter of Recommendation and Essay (see application for details)
  • 29 Students and 6 Alternates are selected to compete in the Challenge!

Check out this video from the 2015 Model NATO Challenge to Learn More!