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Leaders make their communities special

They bring vision, energy and a passion to the people who surround them. They define a community’s personality. They find inspiration in the activities around them. And they revitalize their friends and neighbors.

The AWC Center for Quality Communities believes in growing leaders and healthy, resilient quality communities.

Where we’ve been

Since 2011, CQC has been awarding college scholarships to Washington high school students who give back to their communities and demonstrate a strong civic spirit.

Meet this year’s recipients.

What we’re doing now

Now the Center for Quality Communities is going back to its roots – engaging communities and building local capacity. We believe that partners in the public, private and nonprofit worlds can help empower strong communities. As a 501(c) 3 partner with the Association of Washington Cities, we understand the dynamics of change. The Center for Quality Communities continues to have a strong scholarship program, but we’re growing our work in two critical areas: creating community leadership capacity focused on housing/homelessness, and working with communities on local and regional sustainability. Learn more.