World Trade Week Educational Initiatives

Education is the cornerstone of World Trade Week's mission to increase awareness of world trade's benefits to the region. 


The World Trade Week committee offers scholarships to aspiring students in international trade fields. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university with the goal of a career in international trade, as well as college students pursuing international degrees. By fostering international trade education and international business development, the committee hopes to develop a network of international trade professionals willing to provide mentoring to future students interested in international business.


Career Guide

This publication showcases individuals who are active in world trade in the Los Angeles region, and complements the findings and recommendations of the Los Angeles Regional Export Plan — an initiative of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa developed in partnership with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. We appreciate the generous contribution of Microsoft Corporation for its support of this printed publication.

 2016 Scholarship Recipients 



Click here to check out last year's scholarship recipients! 



The Global Trade Scholar Award is the highest honor a World Trade Week scholarship recipient can receive. This award is given to a student that has gone above and beyond their regular role as a student and shows high potential for influencing global trade in their future career. The award stands for academic excellence and outstanding leadership.


Watch ABC7's David Ono present the 2016 Global Trade Scholar Award.

Regina Xu currently attends Troy High School in Fullerton, CA. She is the president and founder of a nonprofit club called Words for the World (WFW) which teaches English to children in underprivileged countries. Since she founded the club three years ago, WFW has taught in five countries and more than 1,200 students. Regina discovered her interests in international business through her

own international experience and involvement with WFW. She is planning on pursuing International Relations or Global Business Management in college. Regina has a vision to turn WFW into an international educational enterprise to spread knowledge and to help those in need around the world.

Educational Briefings

The World Trade Week Education Committee hosts high school students and educators each year to promote careers in international trade.


Some examples of programming:

Exploring Careers in Global Trade - Featuring the Port of Los Angeles

February 2015
The World Trade Week (WTW) Education Committee, in partnership with the Port of Los Angeles, hosted more than 100 high school students and staff from various school districts in Southern California to discuss careers in international trade. Speakers included executives from the Port of Los Angeles, including Harbor Commission Vice President David Arian, and Alan McCorkle, Vice President, WC Operations at Yusen Terminals Inc. who briefed students on how to select a career in this growing field and skills needed to succeed. Amy Grat, chair of the WTW Education Committee and CEO of ITEP Inc., and WTW Chair Caroline Brown, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, kicked off the morning briefing. 

Exploring Careers in Global Trade - Featuring the Port of Long Beach: Intro to Careers in Maritime Trade

October 2013
The Port of Long Beach, in partnership with the World Trade Week Education Committee, hosted more than 100 high school students and staff from Long Beach and Los Angeles schools to provide them with the unique opportunity to learn about careers in maritime trade. Port of Long Beach representatives discussed with students how to select a career in this growing field and about education requirements and skills needed to succeed. Executives from Toyota also participated on the panel. Students and faculty then participated in a one hour boat tour. 

Opportunities for Careers in International Trade

January 2013/October 2013
Former World Trade Week (WTW) scholarship students and interns participated as exhibitors in two career discovery events hosted by International Trade Education Programs (ITEP) and California State University Dominguez Hills, for ITEP Academy students at Banning, Barstow, Carson, Gardena and San Pedro High Schools. The students distributed the WTW Career Guide to over 400 students and discussed trade career paths with others. 

University Research Projects

Access to key information and resources is one of the tools that the World Trade Week Education committee strives to provide. Under the leadership of Dr. Anatoly Zhuplev, professor at Loyola Marymount University, teams of LMU students are compiling research for pertinent topics. Below are some of the research papers:
By: Nolan Simons
April 2014

Legislative Outreach

The World Trade Week committee briefs Congressional members and their staff on the impact of trade in California's Congressional districts.
Year-round Activities:
Representatives of the World Trade Week Committee connect with Congressional members and staffers for private briefings on the latest trade policy issues.


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