National High School Essay Contest

Deadline: March 15

Awards vary

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) partnered with the American Foreign Service Association to bring back the Essay for Peace contest. This award is meant to encourage youth to learn about peace and conflict and to encourage an appreciation for peace building actions through diplomacy. The 2016-17 essay prompt asked students to closely examine the refugee crisis. The first place winner of the contest receives a $2,500 commitment-free cash prize, a fully paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a fully covered study abroad opportunity with the program Semester at Sea, when the student does enroll in a university. The second place winner gets a $1,250 cash prize and a scholarship from the National Student Leadership Conference to pay for an International Diplomacy Program.

Lucinda Beneventi Findley History Scholarship

Deadline: February 10th

$2,000 awarded annually to 2 high-school students

Each year, the Daughters of the American Revolution award this scholarship to two high school students that show outstanding interest in the study of American history and is consistently  able to maintain a GPA of 3.25. This is a one time award. and applicants must plan to work full time toward a bachelor’s degree in history at an accredited university once they graduate from high school to be considered eligible.

The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship

Deadline February 15th

$2,000 annually for up to four years

The Daughters of the Revolution have many great opportunities for graduating high school students entering college. The Dr. Aura-Lee A. and James Hobbs Pittenger American History Scholarship is awarded to students who are planning to pursue an undergraduate degree in American History or American Government. You can receive this grant continually by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.25 and completing at least 24 credit hours of classes focusing on American History and American Government to finish your undergraduate degree.

Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest

Deadline: July 15th

$3,000 awarded annually to 6 female high school juniors or seniors plus an all expense paid trip

This high school scholarship is for females only. The National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Rifle Association fund this scholarship. Along with the award money, high school students get to travel to The National Foundation for Women Legislators Annual Conference where the six winners will be presented awards.

The Arkansas Community Foundation

Deadlines: vary depending on program

Awards vary depending on program

If you are a high school student in the state of Arkansas focusing in any major, including but not limited to history, you have access to many grants and scholarships through The Arkansas Community Foundation. For most of these opportunities, you must be a resident of Arkansas to qualify. Just to name a few: The Marie and Bob Marshall Republican Party of Arkansas Scholarship Endowment awards $500 annually to high school students that are active members of the Republican Party of Arkansas. The Political Animals Club Scholarship Fund offers $3000 to all graduating seniors in a number of Arkansas counties. Check to see if your area qualifies. A great opportunity for graduating Arkansas students who are planning to go into public service is the Senator Dale Bumpers Scholarship Endowment that awards $1500 yearly.

National WWII Museum Essay Contest

Deadline: December

$1000 awarded to the winning essay and national recognition

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans challenges students to write a compelling and historically interesting response to prompts involving the history of World War II. The winning essays will be published on the National WWII Museum website and receive national attention. Papers will not be judged on the amount of research done, so much as the students ability to stay focused the current year’s theme, their historical accuracy, creativity, and good grammar.

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