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Awards and Prizes

A Word About FHD Prizes


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As students think about topics related to the annual theme, they might decide to research a historical event, individual, or idea that will make their project eligible for a special prize or scholarship. FHD staff are in the process of confirming Special Prize sponsorships for 2020, so county coordinators might notice slight changes when the final guidelines and forms are distributed in January. However, knowing about the range of prize options now might influence the research topic that a student selects.

Three types of student prizes are based on the topic that an individual or group decides to research. Students who advance to the state contest may nominate their project for up to two Special Prizes if their topic relates to any of twenty-two themes, such as African American, Hispanic, legal, maritime, military, or women’s history. Junior and senior division entries in the historical paper or documentary categories may apply for a $500 scholarship presented by the Florida Society of Mayflower Descendants if their topic meets criteria established by the organization. In addition, a $150 scholarship (divided equally among group projects) is offered by the National Maritime Historical Society for a topic that relates to maritime history.