AWQ Endowment

The World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

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Academic WorldQuest™, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America, engages nearly 5,000 high school students annually across the United States. This fun, fast-paced team competition tests students’ knowledge of current global issues, geography, history, foreign policy, economics, and world cultures.

An unprecedented gift from Carlos Alvarez, a San Antonio businessman and philanthropist who has served many years on the WACA National Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and his wife Malú, accelerated a fundraising initiative to create an endowment fund for WACA’s Academic WorldQuest National High School Competition. (Learn more about Academic WorldQuest.)

Our goal is to raise $1 million for the AWQ Endowment in order to sustain the annual National Competition in perpetuity and enable WACA to enhance services and support for educational programs that are provided by more than 90 local nonprofit World Affairs Councils nationwide.

Please consider making a contribution to the Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund. You may see this page to donate or contact Bill Clifford, President and CEO of the World Affairs Councils of America, at 202-833-4557, or send an email to

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