The World Affairs Council is devoted to educating members of our community on developments in global affairs. In our conflicted world, the development of a globally informed citizenry is more important than ever. As the city’s thought leaders in our field, we dedicate ourselves exclusively to creating a global community by delivering vital foreign affairs perspectives, especially for the students that will one day become our world’s leaders.
A recipient of one of 25 scholarships to attend the WAC of America National Conference, the UIW student says “the exposure to prominent diplomats and leading global experts will further my education in international affairs as I prepare to apply to enter the Foreign Service.”
A member of the Keystone School's National AWQ 2015 Second-Place Team, Emily explains that “[Academic] WorldQuest brings up issues that will confront my generation—problems that we’ll be dared to solve—and we need to be educated enough to meet the challenge.”
Pictured with teammate Emily in the preceding photo, Nabil is a longtime AWQ participant. “I cannot describe how much more informed and educated I am today after 4 years of [Academic WorldQuest]; it is an experience I am so thankful to be a part of.”
Katie, pictured on the right with her team after winning the local AWQ competition, says "WorldQuest has been a window. It has given me insight into the broader narratives and patterns of the world around me…it's made me more hopeful that, through programs such as this one, our generation will be a little worldlier, a little wiser.”
Chris, also a member of Keystone's 2015 National Second Place Champions, says “WorldQuest has taught me the value of being a global citizen in a context greater than my locality. I participate in Academic WorldQuest…for the ability to be knowledgeable about the world around me, to build a basis for empathy with other cultures.”
WAC Scholarship Program
Our scholarship program provides Bexar County undergraduates (sophomore and above) majoring in an international field the financial support needed to cultivate our international citizens of tomorrow.
Funding from 10 percent of corporate membership contributions, as well as proceeds from the annual Wine and Food Tasting Fundraiser, underwrite the scholarships.
Recipients are announced at the annual International Citizen of the Year Gala.
Arranged by the World Affairs Council of America, this national competition tests high school teams on their knowledge of a range of international topics.
The winning team of our local competition, generously hosted by Rackspace and H-E-B, competes at the national competition in April on the campus of Georgetown University.
Proceeds from the WorldQuest International Trivia Competition subsidize students’ entry fees and travel to Washington, D.C. for the winning team.
Congratulations to our team from the Keystone School, which won second place in the 2015 National AWQ.
Previous Scholarship Programs
Support for our scholarship program comes from our annual Wine and Food Tasting, like this year’s “North vs. South: A Comparison by Hemisphere.”
Previous Academic WorldQuest Programs
Support for Academic WorldQuest registration comes from our annual WorldQuest International Trivia Competition.