GRHS Youth Essay Contest for School and College Students

Entries for the GRHS Youth Essay Contest are now invited. The scholarship competition is open to students from middle school to college or university level. Varied amount of prizes will be given to the winning students. To apply, the essay must be submitted no later than March 31 every year.

Scholarship Description
An International GRHS Essay Contest is sponsored by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. The contest is intended to encourage students from around the world to learn about the history and culture of the German-Russians, people who emigrated from Germany into Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Winning contestants will be invited to receive their awards at a luncheon held in their honor during the GRHS Convention in July at Bismarck, ND.

Award Value

  • Middle School: 1st place Trophy and $150, 2nd Place Runner-Up Trophy and $100.
  • High School: 1st place Trophy and $150, 2nd Place Runner-Up Trophy and $100.
  • High School Senior Scholarship: Trophy and a $300 Gwen Pritzkau scholarship will be awarded to the highest scoring high school senior entry. This scholarship is provided by the Heritage Foundation for Germans from Russia.
  • University: Trophy and a $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the highest scoring university entry, 2nd place will receive a Runner-Up Trophy and $250.

Level and Area of Studies
School and college level in any subjects.

Place of Study: Not specified.

Eligibility and Criteria
This GRHS Essay Contest is open to all students attending public, private, parochial, or home schools, and to students attending accredited universities, as full time undergraduate students. International winners will be chosen in each of the following categories:

  • Middle School…6th thru 8th grade.
  • High School…9th thru 12th grade.
  • High School Senior.
  • University or College Undergraduate, limited to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

Application Instruction
To apply, students are required to submit an essay that include any and all aspects of German-Russian heritage including:

  • Cultural Anthropology of the German-Russians.
  • Historical analysis of the reasons for the Diaspora (scatter) of the German-Russians.
  • German-Russian history in the Americas and Canada.
  • German-Russian history in Russia, the Soviet Union, loss of Soviet citizenship, labor camps in the Soviet Union, and labor camps in England and France after World War II .
  • Personal family history, insofar as it relates to German-Russian history and culture.

Format for the entries may include:

  • Research papers, including persuasive works and/or historical analysis.
  • Creative writing, including short stories, fictional diaries, plays, historical fiction, and descriptive prose. Creative writing endeavors should evidence an exploration and understanding of German Russian history and culture.
  • Genealogical history of a particular family including individual histories of ancestors.
  • Digital Media, including but not limited to PowerPoint, short film, and website design.

Submission Deadline
31 March every year.

Website and Application Link

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