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National History Day

Webpage last updated: August 11, 2022

National History Day® (NHD) is a nonprofit education program that improves the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. For more than forty years, it has promoted systemic educational reform, and remains the nation's oldest and most highly regarded humanities contest for students in grades 6 to 12. More than two million people are engaged annually, including 600,000 students, 40,000 teachers, and thousands of judges and other volunteers.

Open to students in all instructional settings, NHD improves critical thinking and research skills that make history come alive and that are useful in all subject areas. For teachers, it offers curriculum materials, workshops, summer institutes, and other resources that enhance classroom strategies and help them exceed educational standards. Teachers and students benefit from an annual curriculum guide that explains and complements each year's theme.

First-, second-, and third-place national contest winners receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively. The grand prize is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Case Western Reserve University. Partial tuition scholarships are awarded to Chaminade University of Honolulu, and the University of Maryland. Special prizes are awarded in topic areas such as African American, Colonial, and Women's history.

For information:
National History Day®
4511 Knox Road, Suite 205
College Park, Maryland 20740
Phone: (301) 314-9739
Fax: (301) 314-9767