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Metro History Fair Finalists May Receive Scholarships and Cash Prizes

The Chicago Metro History Fair offers awards to high-scoring projects at the High School level.  

High School juniors and seniors who reach the Metro Finals are eligible to apply for the History Fair Scholarships to major area universities:

Loyola University http://www.luc.edu
DePaul University http://www.depaul.edu

Finalists may apply for the scholarships ONLY during the year in which they reached that level of the competition; if awarded, the scholarship goes into effect once they enter the university (i.e., a sophomore can will, and if accepted to the university in the future, s/he may claim it then.)  Awardees are announced at the Awards Ceremony held the same year.  The scholarship award depends on admission to the university.

Superior and excellent projects on the following topics may receive cash awards:

*The above prizes are given to high school students.

Illinois College Scholarships $1500 - $1000

To encourage high school students to study American history, Illinois College continues to offer two scholarships to top contestants in the History Fair who write a research paper on the topic: “Illinois in the Civil War Era.” The first place winner will receive a $1500 scholarship renewable for four years. The second place winner will receive $1000, renewable for four years. Students can focus on almost any aspect of the role of Illinois in the era from approximately mid-1830 to the mid-1870. Students must be juniors in high school to be eligible.  For more information, contact Frederik Ohles, Ph.D, Dean of the College, 213-245-3010, or Professor James Davis, Department of History, 217-243-3426, at Illinois College, 101 West College, Jacksonville, IL 62650.

In addition the following prizes are available at the State of Illinois Expo:

Both High School and Middle School History Fair students are eligible to win these awards (unless otherwise noted).

Abraham Lincoln Award: (research paper; high school juniors only)

Canal Corridor Association Awards: The Canal Corridor Association and Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission for the best History Expo projects concerning the I & M Canal.

Elijah P. Lovejoy Award, Illinois Press Association: Awarded to the project or paper that best uses Illinois newspapers as a source material or deals with an aspect of Illinois’ newspaper history.

Historical Writing & Student Historian of the Year: Given for the best-written articles by students in grades 6-8 published during the past year in the statewide student history magazine, ILLINOIS HISTORY.

Illinois Association of Museum Exhibit Design Excellence Award- $100 cash prize

Illinois Education Association Awards: First, second and third cash prizes are presented for the best exhibits.

Illinois Labor History Society

Illinois State Organization, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution: $100 cash prize for a project or paper focusing on small town history.

Illinois Society Colonial Dames, XVII Century Awards: Cash award for excellence in history projects.


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