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2021 Florida History Day Awards Applications


Florida History Day presents a medal and prize to first place, second place, and third place state contest winners in each division and category. It honors one entry from each county with an Outstanding County Award, and it also gives prizes for excellent research relating to specific topics, as described below.

Outstanding County Award

An Outstanding County Award winner is selected from among the entries in a county that advance to the state contest. This prize recognizes extraordinary or dedicated efforts in researching and developing an individual or a group entry. The recipient(s) receives a medal and a certificate.

Special Prizes

Students who advance to the state contest may nominate their project for a special prize if their topic relates to one of the twenty-four special prize themes listed below. Junior and senior projects in all categories are eligible, although some prizes have eligibility criteria. Entries seeking the Florida Digital History, Florida Archival Research, Florida Heritage, Florida Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage, Cubberly Florida History, and Florida Historic Preservation Award must relate to some aspect of Florida state history. Only historical paper projects may apply for the Cubberly Award, only documentary projects and website projects may apply for the Florida Digital History Award, and only exhibit projects may apply for the Mapping History Award. Otherwise, topics can relate to any time frame or historical context, and, of course, they must be clearly associated with the annual theme. Teams of judges review and rank the nominated entries. The winner of each special award, whether an individual or group entry, receives a prize. Special Prize nomination packets must be post marked by March 26, 2021.

  • African American Heritage Award
  • American Revolution Heritage Award
  • American History Innovation Award
  • Best Use of Primary Sources Award
  • Celebrate Freedom Award
  • Colonial Americas Heritage Award
  • Economic Heritage Award
  • Florida Digital History Award (Florida Topic; Documentary and Website Only)
  • Florida Archival Research Award (Florida Topic)
  • Florida Heritage Award (Florida Topic)
  • Florida Historic Preservation Award (Florida Topic)
  • Florida Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage Award (Florida Topic)
  • Frederick Cubberly Florida History (Florida Topic; Paper Only)
  • Hispanic Heritage Award
  • Holocaust Education Award
  • Legal Heritage Award
  • Mapping History Award (Exhibit Only)
  • Military Heritage Award
  • Native American Heritage Award
  • Science Heritage Award
  • Space Heritage Award
  • Sports Heritage Award
  • Women's Heritage Award
  • World War II Heritage Award

Students who wish to apply for a special prize should read the Special Prize Nomination Guidelines and complete the Special Prize Cover Sheet.



Mail applications to:
Florida History Day Coordinator
Museum of Florida History
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Deadline: March 26, 2021