Our Patriotic Service committee encourages Texas high school students to participate in the national Congressional Seminar Essay Contest. Now in its 40th year this essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Two Texas winners receive full tuition from the NSCDA in Texas, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation’s capital.
Airfare and money for incidentals, provided by the Texas Dames, are also included.
2018 Essay Topic: “Why did the authors of the United States Constitution give Presidents the power to issue Executive Orders? How did Congress and the Judicial Branch limit these orders?”
Eligibility: Participants must currently be in their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school during the time of the program. Exceptions will only be made under extraordinary circumstances.
How to Apply
Review Essay Rules and Information to make sure your submission complies with all rules.
Email or mail by USPS your essay with the Completed Application to the local/state NSCDA Congressional Essay representative or Patriotic Service Chair as directed. Unsure about who this person is? Please email Dames@DumbartonHouse.org for the correct name and contact information. Please include your name, State and county/parish of your school and contact information.
Email Dames@DumbartonHouse.org if you have any questions.
American History Scholarship
This $2000 scholarship is funded by the Texas Society and is awarded to a student in the Humanities Department at The University of Texas in Austin. The scholarship goes to an undergraduate college student majoring in history.
The District 6 Award
This $1100 scholarship rotates to Texas every four years to award to a graduate student who is studying history, museum studies or historic restoration. NSCDA’s District 6 States – Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas – jointly fund this scholarship and rotate the award among these four States.
The Region 3 Award
This $5,000 scholarship is funded by the National organization and rotates to Texas every eleven years (as there are 11 States in the District) to support a doctoral candidate in American History.
Texas History Day Scholarship
Two scholarships of $150 each are awarded annually to a middle and high school student winner of the Texas History Day contest. The next Texas History Day is April 28, 2018. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History.