There are multiple Special Awards offered in addition to the History Day contest awards.
Washington History Day students whose projects qualify for the State Contest may apply for special awards in up to three categories. Students must submit one application packet for each category in which they would like their project to be considered for an award. Group projects will submit for awards together (except for the WSHS Teen Historian award), and prizes will be shared among team members.
Each application packet must include:
- Your virtual project submission (including all written materials)
- A brief letter of interest that explains why your project should win an award in this category
Deadlines and specifics are updated each year. For updated information about Special Awards, contact Hannah Tofte, Washington History Day State Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington State Teen Historian Award
The Washington State Teen Historian Award is sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society and is available to senior division (grades 9-12) students competing in the Washington History Day State Contest. The winning student will receive:
- A $500 cash prize.
- A volunteer summer residency with the Washington State Historical Society, working with our professional staff.
Our team will support the Teen Historian in adapting and expanding elements of their History Day project for possible use by the Washington State History Museum. A few examples of Teen Historian project adaptations include (but are not limited to):
- Editing a documentary for potential use in future museum exhibits
- Writing a performance script for use in elementary school curriculum
- Collecting and/or transcribing an oral history to be archived in the WSHS collection
- Researching the WSHS collection and developing artifact lists for the exhibitions team
The student’s scope of work will vary depending on their topic and project category. The total number of residency hours for the summer will range from 10 to 20 hours and WSHS staff will work with the student to set the work schedule. The residency may take place on-site at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, or remotely for students who live outside of Pierce County.
Students must apply for this award individually, even if they competed as part of a group. However, group members may participate in the winning student’s residency work if they choose. The student must have written permission from all group members to use the group’s project as part of the residency.
Additional Special Awards from the Washington State Historical Society
The Washington State Historical Society sponsors two Special Awards for Washington State History Day participants. These awards are open to student applicants in all divisions and categories. They include:
- Outstanding Entry, Junior Division, $200 prize
- Outstanding Entry, Senior Division, $300 prize
To apply for any of the WSHS Special Awards, send your questions and application packet to Michael.King@wshs.wa.gov.