Texas History Essay Contest

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Amount
Awarded

$2,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

January 31

Friday
Awarded By:

Sons of the Republic of Texas

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Three awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a high school senior at time of application.
  4. Must be a resident of Texas.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for U.S. high school seniors. Applicants must submit an essay reflecting an awareness of Texas history and exploring its relevance to the building of Texas.

Application requirements for the Texas History Essay Contest are:

  • Essay
Additional Information: The uniqueness of Texas and Texans is recognized around the world. The purpose of the Texas History Essay Contest is to encourage students to explore the pioneer spirit of Texans on the early-day frontier, their methods of accomplishing their goals under very difficult circumstances, and the results of their efforts that can be seen today. Graduating high school seniors from any high school may enter. History, government and English students are particularly encouraged to participate. Criteria to be used by judges in selecting the winners will be depth of research in Texas history, originality of thought and expression, and organization. The final judge will be Dr. Joe Ericson of Nacogdoches, noted author. The authors of the three best essays submitted will be the winners if the essays so warrant. They will be recognized and the prizes presented by the Sons of the Republic of Texas at the annual San Jacinto Celebration at the San Jacinto Monument. Attendance at the celebration is recommended of scholarship awardees, but not required. If a scholarship winner chooses to attend the celebration, he/she will not be reimbursed for travel expenses.

Award Amount: The first-prize award is $3,000. The second-prize award is $2,000. The third-prize award is $1,000. The prizes will be a scholarship to the college of each winner's choice or will be given to the student directly if he/she does not intend to attend a college or university. All awards are offered annually and are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, January 31

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, January 31

This is an essay contest. Each year, high school seniors are invited to submit essays reflecting an awareness of Texas history and exploring its relevance to the building of Texas. Essays must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length (excluding endnotes and the bibliography) and must be typewritten or computer-generated, double-spaced, and on one side only of 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Quotations from other writers are encouraged, but must be acknowledged and should be used with discretion. The title page must have the contestant's name, address, and phone number; the name, address, and phone number of a faculty sponsor; and the name, address and phone number of the school represented. In addition to the original copy, each contestant must submit four photocopies for the judges (five copies in all) including a CD copy with his/her name. The student must follow the format of the Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian's Manual for Writers. Additional guidelines for the essay are available on the Sons of the Republic of Texas website. Entries must be postmarked on or before the deadline.
Contact: Janet Hickl
Address: 1717 Eighth St. Bay City, Texas 77414

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