For the third year the Hillsdale County Historical Society will give a one-time $250 award to a Hillsdale County high school senior to be used however he or she desires. The recipient will be chosen based on a 500 (or less) word essay, which will be judged by a committee from the Society. We request that you make available to your seniors the information on the following page so those who are interested may apply for this award. To get an idea for an essay topic, students might want to scan the website of the Society: The essay of the 2015 Award Winner, Emily Wagler from North Adams-Jerome H.S., can be read at The essay of the 2016 Award Winner, Austin Hostetter from Camden-Frontier H.S. can be read at

The application and essay topic appear on the next page. Three copies of the submission are due to the committee by no later than March 1, 2017. By March 31, 2017, the committee will have completed the judging of the essays. The award will be presented to the winner of the scholarship at the student's high school Class/Honors Night. if you have any questions, please contact JoAnne Miller at

Please copy and print the form below. Attach it to one copy of your essay and send it, as well as two additional copies of your essay to the address at the bottom of the form.

High School History Award

(a one-time award presented to a senior in a Hillsdale County high school)

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(high school)                                                                                           (date of Class/Honors Night)


(email - print very clearly so we can send a confirmation that we've received your application)


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Essay: You don't need to be a historian to appreciate the interesting history of Hillsdale County. From 1827, when Moses & Mary Allen brought their family to the area, to the present day there are people, places, things and events that have had an impact on the county. Choose one of them. In 500 words or less tell how the topic you chose has affected Hillsdale County. 

Please type your essay. Don't put your name or your school on it. Staple this sheet to one copy and send it with two additional copies of the essay to arrive no later than March 1, 2017, to: 

JoAnne Miller189 State St.  Hillsdale, MI49242