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T-Shirt & Button Design Contests

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to show off their creative skills and design the t-shirt and/or button that will be given out to participants at the State Contest on April 27 and later be worn by National Contest qualifiers. Please complete the below questionnaire to be eligible.

-2024 middle or high school NHDC participants (the contest is NOT limited to winners of regional contests).

-Designs must be in relation to National History Day in Colorado and the theme, TURNING POINTS IN HISTORY.
-Design must be ONE COLOR for t-shirt. 
-Design can include any number of colors for button.

Designs must be submitted no later than midnight on March 15, 2024. They should be emailed to and each entry must fill out the below google forms:



The winning designs will be framed and presented to the winner at the State Contest Award Ceremony.

Gilder Lehrman Teacher Series

The Gilder Lehrman Teacher Series

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History now offers more than fifty Self-Paced Courses on a wide range of historical topics.

Pressed for time? Self-Paced Courses are designed to fit seamlessly into busy schedules. Watch, listen, and read over several weeks or months, as your schedule allows.

Professional development credit: Self-Paced Courses are open to all, but as an added benefit for teachers we offer certificates of completion for 8–15 hours of PD credit upon the successful completion of a course.

Affiliate School Program: K–12 teachers in the Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School Program receive a 25% discount on all Self-Paced Course purchases—applied automatically when logged in. Teachers not yet registered can create a free account here.

CLAS-NHDC Scholarship

NHDC & CU Denver Scholarship Application

In cooperation with The University of Colorado Denver and CU Denver's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, National History Day Colorado is pleased to offer an opportunity for all NHDC Juniors and Seniors to apply for a one-time scholarship of $1,500 during each contest year. This application will open in January 2024.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Colorado high school juniors and seniors who have competed in National History Day in Colorado at ANY TIME during middle and/or high school.

  • Student planning to attend the University of Colorado Denver or who plan to be part of dual enrollment courses or CU Succeed that is not paid by their school district.

  • The scholarship is not limited to winners of regional or state contests; students need only to have completed a project.

Supporting materials, in addition to the completed on-line application linked below:

  • Academic Resume

  • 1 Teacher Recommendation

  • Typed essay (500 words or less) answering the following:

    • Which historic figure is the best model for your future aspirations and why?


All applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically no later than 5:00 pm on April 10, 2024.  The winner will be announced at the State Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 27th.

Apply here:

Questions?  Contact Kelly Cvanciger at