2021 Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Scholar Award
The ninth annual Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Scholar Award will be given this year on Flag Day, June 14th, 2021. The Flag House will award the Flag House Scholarship for $1,812.00 to a Maryland high school senior to put toward the college of their choice. A panel of judges will anonymously review each submission and select the winner. Please read the contest rules and response prompt carefully before submitting your entry.
1. Essay must be no more than 350 words.
2. Essay must be submitted online - flaghouse.org/scholarship-legacy/scholar-award
3. Essay must answer the question posed.
4. Winner must be a Maryland high school senior and able to travel to Baltimore to read their essay aloud at the Flag House on June 14, 2021. This requirement will be determined by COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines.
5. The scholarship will only be paid directly to the winner's college of choice.
Submissions will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2021.
Sponsored by the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Maryland and Maryland State Society United States Daughters of 1812.
"Living Through a Historic Moment" Essay Prompt:
Private letters, diaries, and personal artifacts are used by historians to learn about individuals' experiences during a historically significant event. Have you been journaling, curating a collection of masks that match your aesthetic, creating online content, or otherwise documenting your life during the COVID-19 pandemic? Create your own primary source written artifact, like a journal entry, letter, or blog post detailing your experience of the pandemic. Include cited facts from news clips, newspapers, or scientific articles that could be used as a primary source for future historians. If you would like to include these as supplements to your essay, please upload them as a PDF file in the appropriate field below. We have provided an example of a primary source in the Flag House's museum collection and resources for analyzing primary documents that you can access while crafting your response.
Example for Students:
An example of a primary source used by the Flag House is the receipt for the Star-Spangled Banner. Purchased by the museum in 1931, the receipt is one of only a few objects remaining from Mary Pickersgill’s flag-making business and the only primary source documenting the crafting of the Star-Spangled Banner. The receipt is a critical primary source to the Flag House but was likely considered by Mary just one of many everyday objects associated with the business of flag-making and government commissions. When crafting your response, consider the things around you that are commonplace for modern life but might be crucial sources of information for future historians.
Resources for Analyzing Primary Sources:
Essays will be scored on the following:
Content: Addresses the question directly, conveys a strong viewpoint, uses insightful analysis, avoids clichés, conveys personality and emotion;
Support: Fully develops ideas using strong support (appropriate quotes, references to historical documents or events, anecdotes);
Organization: Has a strong beginning, middle, and conclusion;
Language Conventions: Demonstrates consistent control of grammar, usage, punctuation, sentence construction, and spelling.
Written Entry Submissions:
Please submit your written entry in the space below. If you've chosen to submit a video entry, please submit the link to your video in the next field.
If you have images, news clippings, or other supplements to support your essay, please upload them here as a PDF.
I affirm that I am a high school senior attending school in Maryland and available to fulfill the above requirements.