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Special Prizes for History Fair Projects

General Awards to high scoring projects at the High School level

Scholarships to major area universities such as Loyola University, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and Roosevelt University.

The Presidential Classroom – a week’s stay in Washington D.C.

$100 - $500 cash and scholarship awards

Cash Awards to projects on special topics *

Best project on the history of :

*Most of the above prizes are given to high school students.

llinois 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. 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.

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)

Archivist Award: Presented by the Illinois Secretary of State for the best use of archival materials in student research papers. High School only.

Bloomington-Normal African American History Project Award: A $100 cash prize for the best entry concerning African American History (students outside of the Bloomington area are also eligible).

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.

State Farm Insurance Foundation’s Award: Awards of $250 each are presented for entries regarding the history of agriculture of Illinois (urban or rural).

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.