An International GRHS Essay Contest, sponsored by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, will be held to encourage students from around the world to learn about the history and culture of the German-Russians, people who emigrated from Germany into Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Applicants may attend public, private, parochial, or home schools, or students attending accredited universities, as full-time undergraduate students. The subject of the paper must be directly related to German Russian history, heritage or culture, and be the contestant’s original work. Re-submission of previously judged work is not permitted.
International winners will be chosen in each of the following categories: Middle School - 6th thru 8th grade, High School - 9th thru 12th grade, High School Senior – This student will be awarded the Gwen Pritzkau Scholarship, University or College Undergraduate, limited to undergraduate students enrolled full-time in degree-seeking programs. Two scholarships will be awarded. Essay topics may include any and all aspects of German-Russian heritage including cultural anthropology of the German Russians, historical analysis of the reasons for the Diaspora (scatter) of the German Russians, German-Russian history in the Americas and Canada, German-Russian history in Russia, the Soviet Union, loss of Soviet citizenship, labor camps in the Soviet Union, and labor camps in England and France after World War II and personal family history, insofar as it relates to German-Russian history and culture. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.