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Academic WorldQuest 2015-2016

Current Events
Great Decisions
Asia Matters for America
International Trade and Finance
Sultanate of Oman
Privacy in the Digital Age
The Arctic
Food Security
Organization of American States

The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 
2016 Academic WorldQuest 
National Competition

April 23, 2016
Washington, DC (venue TBD)

Hotel Block
The World Affairs Councils of America has arranged a group hotel block at the Washington Hilton. (A reservation link will be forthcoming from the WACA National Office.) 
Event Details:
The newly named Carlos and Mal ú 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. (For information on making a gift to the AWQ Fund, please visit our website)

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 3-hour AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for many students to visit the nation's capital for the first time. There is a weekend of substantive programming to enhance the experience.

CIEE Scholarships for AWQ Winners
WACA is excited to announce that the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has become an official AWQ sponsor this year. CIEE also will increase its summer study-abroad scholarship awards to $20,000 total, to be divided among the four students of the champion team and the four runners-up at The Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2016 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.
AWQ 2016 Champion Team: $3,000 Scholarship/student
Second-Place Team: $2000 Scholarship/student

Testimonials from AWQ 2015 National Competition Winners:

"Participating in AWQ has fostered a sense of global citizenship in me. I had a blast on the CIEE High School Summer Abroad Program to Seville! I traveled with fellow teammates Shravan and Abilash and we lived in Spain for 4 weeks. While there, we had Spanish classes with CIEE at their school every week day. In the mornings, we had various cultural activities, such as a cooking class or a tour of the Cathedral of Seville. On weekends, the CIEE program took us group of students to Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada. The program gave a lot of freedom to interact with the people of Spain and our host families, which I would say was my favorite part of the trip." 
-- Matthew Raj, duPont Manual High School (WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana AWQ champion team)

"The CIEE study abroad trip to Seville was amazing. We were able to live in one of the oldest, and most cultured cities in Europe. We made lots of new friends, developed bonds with our host families. We visited several other cities in our one month there. In Seville, we kayaked on the Guadalquivir River, we drew our own graffiti on a wall. I and my two other AWQ teammates who came with me bought city bike passes so we could ride bikes through the city wherever we wanted to go. That was really cool. " 
-- Abilash Thout, duPont Manual High School (WAC Kentucky and Southern Indiana AWQ champion team)

Details for Councils
Pledge a Team Now
To confirm your Council's participation in the 2015-2016 Academic WorldQuest, please fill out and submit this Pledge Form by  October 31, 2015.

Local Competition Questions
A full set of questions will be available to local Councils by mid-October. Indicate your interest in these questions by submitting your Pledge Form.

As introduced in last year's AWQ program, alternative formats in the Current Events round of questions will once again be used in The Carlos and Ma l ú Alva rez National 2016 National Competition. The questions we provide for local competitions, however, will remain fully multiple-choice. Councils are welcome to assess their capacity to adjust their local competition for this year or to continue with the multiple-choice-only model.

Great Decisions
The Foreign Policy Association will provide each participating Council six complimentary copies of the 2015 Great Decisions Briefing Book. Indicate your request for these free copies by submitting your Pledge Form. Additional copies for use in Academic WorldQuest are available at a 60% discount and may be purchased directly from the Foreign Policy Association.
AWQ Endowment Fund
Academic WorldQuest Endowment Fund
Principal Sponsor: 

Carlos and Malú Alvarez
Impetus Foundation

For information on making a gift to the AWQ Fund, please visit  our website.

We are grateful to our AWQ Sponsors

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