EARN A $3,000 SCHOLARSHIP FROM OUR FLORA WERTHEIM BEQUEST
Miss Flora Wertheim, a Fredericksburg native, died in 1980 after a lifetime as an educator and community leader. She left a legacy for inspiring young people to learn local history while earning money for college. The Flora Wertheim Bequest was established by the Historical Society to provide an award to the winner of an annual Historical Essay Contest. It was her wish to reward the student who expressed the most enthusiasm in learning the history of Fredericksburg.
The award is $3,000. The contest is held annually.
Eligible applicants are Gillespie County resident high school seniors entering freshman level classes at any accredited college in the current or upcoming school year.
Essays may be about the general sweep of Fredericksburg history, or they may be more specific about a key aspect of the founding, growth, and development of the town. They must be between 1,000 – 1,500 words, 12-point Times New Roman font and double spaced.
Applicants are encouraged to use the resources of the Gillespie County Historical Society and/or source material from our website www.pioneermuseum.org. However, it should be noted that all essays are to be the original work of the applicant.
Applicants are invited to contact our Archivist, Evelyn Weinheimer, at (830) 997-2835 or firstname.lastname@example.org , to set an appointment for research or to discuss possible essay topics. Mrs. Weinheimer is herself a native of Fredericksburg, and a long-time educator in the FISD, and she can assist with research in primary source documents held in collection by the Gillespie County Historical Society.
Judges are selected by the Gillespie County Historical Society based on their knowledge of local history and of good writing techniques.
Essay Contest Winners will be selected on the following criteria:
Topic selection – Does the writer demonstrate understanding of the assignment?
Originality – Has the writer been creative in the treatment of the topic?
Accuracy – Has the writer double-checked his/her statements of fact?
Tone – Does the essay convey enthusiasm for local history?
Style – Does the writer show a command of good writing style that draws in the reader?
Mechanics – Does the writer show attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation?
SUBMISSION AND WINNERS
Completed essays must be delivered by 5pm March 31st to the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main Street, Fredericksburg, or emailed in .doc or .pdf format to email@example.com.
The scholarship funds will be made in the winner’s name to the accredited institution upon receipt of proof of enrollment.
APPLICATION FOR 2024 SCHOLARSHIP
Applications for the 2024 Flora Wertheim Scholarship will be available on this page in Spring 2024.