Education is at the heart of WAC’s mission. We help students to expand their world through the state-wide Academic WorldQuest™ Competition, opportunity to study/research abroad through the Hershberg Scholarship, and easy access to our speaker and visitor programs. In doing so, we provide educators and schools with the resources to prepare students to meet their cultural competency goals and to be global citizens for the international challenges of tomorrow.

The David Hershberg Scholarship

The Hershberg Scholarship awards are made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Hershberg family. The scholarship is established in memory of David Hershberg, a Louisville educator, mentor, and guiding force in the creation and development of the Louisville International Cultural Center (now the World Affairs Council of Kentucky/Southern Indiana).

Dr. Hershberg was a career faculty member in the Department of Classical and Modern Romance Languages at the University of Louisville and was particularly known for his dedication to student development, mentoring thousands of students over the course of his career. Additionally, Dr. Hershberg served as President of the Board of the Louisville International Cultural Center and as a member of its board of directors until his death in December of 2002.

This annual scholarship awards recipients funds of at least $1,500 to be used to help defray the costs of international travel, lodging, and maintenance for a period of at least 21 days of study or research outside the United States. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their academic merit and on the importance of their proposed study/research abroad experience for their personal, intellectual, and professional career goals.

Learn more about this scholarship—including how to apply—by visiting our Hershberg Scholarship Page!

Academic WorldQuest

Academic WorldQuestAcademic WorldQuest™ is a Flagship Program of the World Affairs Councils of America. This competition was invented by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and is now widely played at the high school level around the country. It is a team competition testing competitors’ knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and world cultures. The World Affairs Councils of America started the national competition in Washington, DC in March 2003. It is unique to the council network and has no direct competitor among K-12 knowledge-based competitions in the U.S. or abroad. Academic WorldQuest™ is supplementary to Governor’s Cup competition and does not compete in dates or content.

The winning team from our local competition has the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest™ competition, usually held in April. Our council is proud to recognize three-time National Academic WorldQuest™ winner, DuPont Manual High School of Louisville, Kentucky! DuPont Manual has proudly represented Kentucky by taking home the first-place trophy in 2009, 2010, and 2015!

Visit our Academic WorldQuest™ Page to learn more!