Academic WorldQuest

A competition designed to increase the awareness and importance of Global issues in our high school students


Academic WorldQuest (AWQ) is the World Affairs Councils of America’s (WACA) flagship education program which engages more than 4,000 high school students annually across the U.S. to test their knowledge of global issues and foreign policy. The program offers young people a fun and interactive way to learn about critical challenges facing the U.S. and the world.

Founded in 2003, the AWQ competition is a team game testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. During the academic year preceding the national competition, approximately 3000 students across the country participate in competitions hosted by over 40 local World Affairs Councils in 26 states. AWQ is a team game, like the “College Bowl” from the 60’s & 70’s. The students’ knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture is tested in competitions throughout the school year.

Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and local council at the national competition, held in the spring each year in Washington, D.C. The national competition is attended by more than 225 of the nation’s most promising high school students annually, along with their parents, teachers, and chaperones.

World Affairs Council of Hilton Head is proud to be part of this great program and works in cooperation with the Beaufort County School Board to bring AWQ to the six county high schools. Students work outside their regular curriculum to prepare for the final county competition in February. The winning team gets to participate in the national competition in Washington, DC in April of each year with the WACHH paying for all their expenses. The AWQ competition is a unique opportunity for the students to visit the nation’s capital and other historical sites in and around D.C., many for the first time.

Our WACHH AWQ Scholars on recent trips have visited/toured the White House, U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Organization of American States, Daughters of the American Revolution, Newseum, Spy Museum, South African Embassy, Holocaust Museum, European Commission, U.S. Institute of Peace, National Cathedral, Mount Vernon and the National Archives (private tour) often courtesy of Senators Graham and Scott, Congressman Sanford, and very supportive WACHH members.

2017 Academic World Quest winners & information >>

2017 AWQ Teams, February 25, 2017

2017 AWQ - All Teams