HISTORY® and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) congratulate the scholarship winners of the National Civil War Student Challenge — a nationwide contest in which high school students from across the country put their Civil War knowledge to the test. In addition to the $15,000 scholarship grand prize, HISTORY and HMH awarded a $7,500 first prize scholarship, a $5,000 second prize scholarship and seven $1,000 third prize scholarships.
Over 22,000 students participated in the Civil War outreach initiative through preparation on an innovative Facebook-based game, studying with Civil War curriculum materials and taking the online Challenge in April. The 30 top-scoring finalists were then invited to take an in-school final exam to determine the scholarship winners.
Of the students from all 50 states who took the Challenge, the top winners include:
Grand Prize Winner:Jordan L.of Joshua, Texas
First Prize Winner:Alexander F. of Dunellen, New Jersey
Second Prize Winner:Tyler L. of Ambler, Pennsylvania
* Third Prize Winners:
- Misha B. of Evanston, IL
- Brendan F. of Phoenix, AZ
- Adam E. of Warriors Mark, PA
- Alexander D. of Raleigh, NC
- Bryan R. of Kill Devil Hills, NC
- Jory M. of Niskayuna, NY
- Charles J. of Ft Worth, TX
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