For Students:
How to Nominate Your Project for A Special Award

Several Central Texas organizations present generous special award prizes to projects they judge on the basis of their own select criteria for topic or research method. Special awards sponsors choose which divisions and categories are eligible for their prize. Just like the regular judges, the special awards judges look for high historical quality and evidence of strong research in the projects they choose to honor.

In recent years, students have received special awards for exemplary projects whose topics focus on the history of

  • the American colonial era or American revolution;
  • African-Americans, women, Germans, German Texans, or Native Americans;
  • law, free enterprise, or the democratic process;
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  • Waco and the surrounding area; or
  • Texas independence.

Projects may also receive recognition for

  • significant use of oral history interview research;
  • significant use of Texas primary resource materials; or,
  • for individual exhibits, excellence in design and display.

Students who wish to be considered for special awards may nominate their own projects during the online registration process.

  • Locate the Special Awards section of the online registration Web site.
  • Review the eligibility criteria and select up to three special awards for which you believe your project qualifies.
  • The HOTRHF Special Awards Committee will review your nominations to ensure eligibility and create lists of appropriate projects for special awards sponsors to consider for their award prizes
  • During the history fair some special awards judges may ask you questions about your project at the appropriate time during the judging process.
  • Special awards winners will be announced during the awards ceremony.