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Announcing: Amazing Academic WorldQuest 1st Prize + Qatar Essay/Video Contest

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 8:56 AM | Anonymous

February 26, 2019

Academic WorldQuest 1st Prize +

Qatar Essay/Video Contest

June 21-27, 2019

Applications Due by March 29

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce a truly grand prize for the winning high school team in the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition.

This year's AWQ Presenting Sponsor is The Embassy of the State of Qatar. At the close of the the competition, His Excellency Sheikh Mishal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States, will congratulate all AWQ participants and present the championship team with an unprecedented AWQ Prize: all-expenses-paid Study Tour to Doha, Qatar, on June 21-27, 2019.

The four members of the winning team and their teacher will be joined by the winners of the WACA Essay/Video Contest and two WACA chaperones.

The Qatar National Football team celebrates its 2019 Asian Cup soccer victory in January.


Open to high school students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to “Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour on June 21-27, 2019. Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 6-8, 2019.

The 10 high school student winners will be joined by the 4-member champion team of the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, the team's teacher, and two WACA chaperones.  

Please submit your original essays and videos to Liz Brailsford at

The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2019. 

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