November 12

8:00 AM

This invitational tournament draws schools from across Central Illinois to test their knowledge of current events, world leaders, geography, history, economics, science, and more! Scholastic awards are sponsored by CEFCU. Contact for more information.

21st Annual International Scholastic Bowl

On Saturday, November 12, 2022, the Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host its 21st Annual International Scholastic Bowl on the campus of Bradley University. We invite your school to participate in this exciting event, which is co-sponsored by the Office of Global Studies and Initiatives at Bradley and CEFCU.


Prizes and Awards:  This tournament will award monetary scholarship prizes to the top four teams. The first place team will be awarded $300.00, the second place team $200.00, the third place team $100.00. In addition, five students will be selected for the All Tournament Team, and will be awarded individual prizes. 


Preparation and Resources:  The unique characteristic of this competition is that all questions will feature an international focus, emphasizing the post-Cold War era. At least twenty-five percent of the questions will be taken from current news. A list of suggested resources includes, but is not limited to, National Geographic, BBC News, Reuters, Associated Press, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Economist.  


Registration:  Registration is limited to twenty four (24) teams, and positions are filled as completed registrations are received. Each team will play at least five, timed rounds in the tournament, with the top eight teams advancing to the quarter-final rounds after lunch.


Fee:  Registration for this tournament will require a non-refundable $50 entry fee.  Your participation will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration form and fee. 


Event Day:  All teams should be prepared to offer a volunteer (parent, chaperone; etc.) to keep time or score throughout the competition as needed. The competition will begin at 8 am, and teams should arrive and plan to set up their lock-out boxes by that time. Additional details regarding event day will be forwarded electronically in the weeks leading up to the competition on November 12. Correspondence will come from the email address Please make sure your email accepts this address. 


PAWAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to promoting a better understanding of world affairs among the people of central Illinois by sponsoring a variety of public programs and fostering a cooperative educational approach to world problems. Together, we are working to encourage a stronger interest in world affairs among the high school students in this region. This International Scholastic Bowl is one of our exciting educational opportunities.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We shall look forward to hearing from you soon, and to seeing your team compete on Saturday, November 12 in Bradley Hall.