Richard Gilder History Prize

Two opportunities to K-12 teachers to honor a promising and passionate history student

Students asking Yale University Professor David W. Blight about his book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, in an online Q&A.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is pleased to announce the Richard Gilder History Prize. This prize serves as an opportunity for Affiliate School teachers to honor a promising and passionate history student in their school.

For this inaugural Richard Gilder History Prize, we have sent 5,000 copies of two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner David McCullough’s best-selling book 1776 to teachers in our Affiliate School network, for each school to award to a student of their choosing. The book includes a commemorative bookplate allowing schools to personalize the prize, which makes a great award to include in an end-of-year classroom ceremony. In addition, students honored with the Richard Gilder History Prize have the opportunity to take advantage of two programs.

National Academy of American History and Civics

Students in grades 10–11 are invited to apply to the National Academy of American History and Civics, a free program launched in January 2020 and open to high school sophomores and juniors in Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schools. Students who are admitted receive exclusive eligibility for scholarships at major universities; free online courses in American history; lectures and live Q&As with top professors at leading American universities; and a series of exclusive, inside-advice presentations by admissions officers on every aspect of the college application process. 

National History Honor Roll

Honorees in grades K–9 can be nominated for the Institute’s new National History Honor Roll, published on the Gilder Lehrman website, which will honor our youngest history students.