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NHD Recognition Opportunities

​​​​​Spotlight Award

The Spotlight Award ($500 award) will be presented to a 12th grade student who has participated in NHD-OC for a minimum of three (3) years including senior year and is planning to attend college in the fall.

The student's NHD-OC coach must make nomination for the award. A Coach may only nominate one student. Members of the NHD-OC Team will select the honoree, and the winner will be annouced at the annual NHD-OC Awards Ceremony.

The student nominated for this award should demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding leadership, persistence, and strong care and concern for others. The nominee should also be someone committed to not only working hard individually but who also takes responsibility for motivating and leading others to achieve their personal best. To nominate a student, please click the Nomination Form​.

Lowell Milken Center Discovery Award

Your NHD Project could win $10,000! The Lowell Milken Center, a strong supporter of the NHD program, offers an annual competition in which NHD students across the country submit their projects for consideration in the Center's Discovery Award.

Who's eligible? Grades 6 -12.

What categories? Documentary, Exhibit, Performance and Website.

Requirements? Projects must emphasize Unsung Heroes In History.

  • First Place entry will receive $10,000 along with a special recognition.
  • Second Place entry will receive $3,000 and special mention on the Center Website.
  • Third Place entry will receive $1,000 and special mention on the Center Website.

Please contact the Lowell Milken Center for more information at​ website.

Yosemite Award

The Yosemite Invitation allows each county to advance one project from up to three new schools to the NHD-CA state competition.

The qualifications are:

  • Your school must not have a winning project advancing from the county competition.
  • Your school must have not participated in NHD within the last five contest years.
  • As the teacher, you must be new to NHD.
  • Entries for consideration are in either the Junior (grades 6-8) or Senior (grades 9-12) divisions.
  • Only one project per school is eligible.
  • You as the teacher, must commit to attend and judge at NHD-CA.​

Selected entries will compete on the same level as all other entries attending NHD-CA, including the opportunity to represent NHD-CA at the NHD contest in Maryland.

Invitations will be sent to new schools/coaches in February.

NHD Internship Opportunity

  • Are you a NHD alumni?
  • Are you currently a Junior in college?
  • Are you at least 18 years of age?
  • Do you love history?

If you answered Yes to all of the following you should apply for the NHD Internship during this year's National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland.


Please e-mail us at​ for more information.