Local AWQ competitions
Local AWQ Competition dates are also listed here.
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition Details
The newly named Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition honors the tremendous dedication and philanthropic support of WACA National Board member Carlos Alvarez and his wife to our flagship program and the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund.
The national competition is attended by more than 225 of the nation's most promising high school students, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones. The 5-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation's capital for the first time.
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition will be held on Saturday, April 29 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
This year's National Competition will feature a welcome reception at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Friday, April 28. USIP will also be sponsoring the "Peace and Conflict in Today's World" category of the competition.
- Current Events
- Great Decisions
- Peace and Conflict in Today's World (USIP)
- Combating Infectious Disease
- European Union
- Countering Violent Extremism
- Global Megacities
- Women in Technology
The World Affairs Councils of America has arranged a group hotel block at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center (775 12th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005). See the reservation link here.
The Academic WorldQuest Endowment Campaign
Academic WorldQuest, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America that engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy, has received a $500,000 contribution from a generous supporter. Carlos Alvarez of San Antonio, Texas, a businessman and philanthropist who serves on the WACA National Board of Directors, made the donation as part of the nonprofit organization’s campaign to endow the Academic WorldQuest national competition. He is making the gift with his wife, Malú – the gift would be the largest to date for any World Affairs Councils of America fundraising initiative.
“Mr. and Mrs. Alvarez’s generosity is an inspiring affirmation of the purpose of Academic WorldQuest – to offer young people a fun and interactive way to learn about critical challenges facing the U.S. and the world – and their gift will enable WACA to sustain and expand the Academic WorldQuest national competition while enhancing support for educational programs provided by 96 local nonprofit World Affairs Councils,” says Bill Clifford, WACA President and CEO. “They truly understand the value of educating and engaging the public, and especially students, in international affairs and we are incredibly grateful for their commitment. Read More
Please Note: The Great Decisions 2016 Briefing Book is required study material for the National Competition. However, the Briefing Book will NOT be required reading for local competitions. In order to prepare for local competitions, students should study the online resources outlined in the Study Guide.
To confirm your Council's participation in the 2016-2017 Academic WorldQuest, please submit this Pledge Form by October 12, 2016. Local competition questions have been shared with all Council AWQ contacts. If you have not received access to these questions, or have any other inquiries regarding the 2017 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, Please contact Tori Baskind, Administrative and Program Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org