A high school credential based in experiential learning, the Global Scholars Diploma program prepares students to inquire, compete, and collaborate globally as future leaders, professionals, and citizens of the world.

A program of:


An experiential learning program

Possessing the knowledge, skills, and mindset to thrive in our global society is no longer an optional component to responsible citizenship or successful employment. The Global Scholars Diploma, a “global education for all” program that thrives on inclusivity, equity, and access for all, develops globally competent students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary for leadership, citizenship, and careers in an interconnected, global society.
In partnership with school districts, The Columbus Council on World Affairs champions The Global Scholars Diploma program through innovative, interactive, and experiential approaches, global community partnerships, and collaborating business, governmental, and academic leaders.

Student Experience

Flexible Partnership with Schools


"As our city, nation, and world continue to grow more interconnected, Council forums are a great resource for every resident. Best wishes to the Columbus Council on World Affairs in your pursuit to bring the world home to Columbus."

– Michael Coleman, Former Mayor of the City of Columbus

Member Districts

Big Walnut Local Schools

Buckeye Valley Local School District

Columbus City Schools

Delaware Hayes High School

Dublin Jerome High School

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

Global Impact STEM Academy

Grandview Heights High School

Granville Exempted Village Schools

Licking Heights Local School District

Marion City Schools

Marysville Schools

Mount Vernon High School

New Albany-Plain Local Schools

Olentangy Local Schools

Pickerington Local School District

Reynoldsburg City Schools

Teays Valley Local Schools

West Muskingum Schools

Westerville City Schools

Worthington City Schools

National Advisory Council

Kate Berseth

Executive Vice President, North America

EF Education First

Brandon Busteed

Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development

Gallup Education

Deb Delisle

Executive Director & CEO


Mo-Yun Fong

Google, Inc.

Director, K-12 Education, Catalyst for Equity in Education

Dr. Daniel Keegan, Jr.

Executive Director

Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Jennifer Manise

Executive Director

Longview Foundation

Brad McDearman

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program

The Brookings Institute

Dr. Lori Murray

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Council on Foreign Relations

Caroline Netchvolodoff

Vice President

Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Fernando Reimers

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education

Heather Singmaster

Associate Director, Center for Global Education

Asia Society

Matt Williams

Vice President, Policy and Advocacy