Each year, a number of Central Texas organizations and individuals award generous special prizes to history fair competitors. Winners of these awards are selected according to criteria established by the sponsoring organizations, and projects are judged by representatives of the sponsors. Sponsors present their awards to the selected student winners during the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the fair.
The following organizations are Special Awards Sponsors of the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair:
Baylor Law School. Established in 1857, the Law School is a professional school that combines theory with practice and nurtures a commitment to service and responsibility. The award recognizes outstanding junior or senior exhibits related to communication in the law.
Baylor University Institute for Oral History. Since 1971, the Institute has recorded history through the voices of eyewitnesses to the past. The award recognizes the documentary, exhibit, performance, or website that demonstrates the best use of oral history research.
Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Peter Folger Chapter. Among many other goals, the chapters of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century desire to foster interest in America’s colonial heritage and to educate the nation’s youth. Waco’s Peter Folger Chapter award recognizes the best individual senior documentary or performance highlighting activities in the American colonies before 1700.
Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Sterling C. Robertson Chapter. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas encourages research, preservation, and publication of the earliest historical records of Texas, especially those relating to the Revolution of 1835 and the events that followed. The Sterling C. Robertson Chapter award recognizes up to two projects among junior or senior historical papers, documentaries or exhibits or fifth grade exhibits that perpetuate the memory and spirit of men and women who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.
Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute. The goal of the Free Enterprise Institute is to teach young people about the free enterprise economic system, which provides the opportunity for doing business with a minimum of government regulation and encourages people to invent something new, start a business, or create a company. The prize recognizes the historical paper or individual exhibit that best showcases an individual, business, or company that demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit or experiences both the challenges and benefits of the American free enterprise system.
Historic Waco Foundation. The mission of Historic Waco Foundation is to collect, maintain, preserve, publish, and interpret the heritage and history of Waco, McLennan County, and Texas. The award recognizes the best historical papers, exhibits, or websites that highlight historical events or connections to Waco or McLennan County, Texas.
Jewel Moorman Memorial Award. To celebrate her Native American heritage, Waco educator Karen McDonald created this award in memory of her grandmother, Jewel Moorman. The award recognizes a documentary, exhibit, or performance that best exemplifies the contributions and impact of Native Americans to the history of the United States, past and present.
Museum Association of Waco. MAW brings together people representing various cultural institutions in Waco to facilitate educational opportunities and training, foster the exchange of knowledge, promote the cultural community, and provide scholarships and grants. The award recognizes the best use of design and display in an individual exhibit.
National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Texas, Waco Town Committee. NSCDA is a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration, and the interpretation of historic sites and sponsors scholarship programs and other historic preservation, patriotic service, and educational projects. The award recognizes the historical paper, exhibit, performance, or documentary that focuses upon persons or events during the colonial era of US history.
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Elizabeth Gordon Bradley Chapter. NSDAR chapters strive to provide historical, educational, and patriotic services to their communities. The Elizabeth Gordon Bradley Chapter award recognizes the best historical paper, documentary, exhibit, or performance concerning people or events pertaining to the Revolutionary era in US history.
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Henry Downs Chapter. NSDAR chapters strive to provide historical, educational, and patriotic services to their communities. The Henry Downs Chapter award recognizes the best individual documentary or individual performance concerning the period of the American Revolution, 1776-1783.
The Order of the Confederate Rose, Brazos Rose Chapter encourages scholarship about the War between the States and the history of the American South. This award honors the best papers or individual research projects in Southern history that focus on the period from 1840 to 1900.
The Texas Collection. Baylor University’s oldest special collections library and the repository for the University Archive, The Texas Collection collects, preserves, and provides access to materials on the history, heritage, and culture of Texas. The award recognizes the best use of Texas primary source materials in junior or senior historical papers, documentaries, and exhibits. Sources must be used in the presentation and noted on the annotated bibliography.
Texas German Society, Heart of Texas Chapter. Texas German Society (TGS) seeks to preserve and encourage the German heritage, culture, and language of German-Texans and to continue these through communication, exchange, and good will with our fellow German-Americans and German people in other lands. The award recognizes the best historical paper or exhibit showcasing any German or Texas-German subject.
The Links, Inc., Waco Chapter. With a membership composed of professional women of color, The Links, Inc., is committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The award recognizes exhibits that best demonstrate the impact of women or persons of African American descent on America or other countries.
The W. R. Poage Legislative Library supports programs designed to inform and educate citizens on the history of Congress, the legislative process, and current issues facing both local, state, and national governments. The library encourages the preservation of materials that document the work of government and supports programs that make those materials available for educational and research use. The award recognizes the entry in the historical paper category, in both the junior and senior divisions, that best highlights citizens exercising their rights in the democratic process.