National Civil War Student Challenge

In April 2011, award-winning cable network HISTORY and global education company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War by inviting all U.S. high school students to participate in a national trivia contest—the National Civil War Student Challenge. This academic competition gives students a chance to showcase their knowledge of one of the most pivotal events in American history and qualify to win up to $15,000 in college scholarships.

In addition, any teacher whose student qualifies for the final round of competition and who proctors the final exam will have a chance to receive up to $400 in classroom supplies, courtesy of HISTORY and HMH.

Students can register today to take the challenge online and download the official study guide. Teachers and parents can set up class study groups and encourage study sessions and download and hang challenge posters and fliers.

Although all U.S. high school students who are in grades 9–12 and between the ages of 13–19 are eligible to participate, the content is geared toward 11th grade curriculum. The 30 top-scoring students will be invited to take a 90-minute, proctored, in-school final exam to determine the top 10 scholarship winners. (A teacher volunteer at each student’s school will proctor the exam.) HISTORY and HMH will be awarding over $30,000 in total college scholarships to the finalists.

Visit the HISTORY Classroom and HMH Education for additional resources and lesson guides.