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The National Society of

The Colonial Dames of


actively promotes our

national heritage


historic preservation,

patriotic service

and educational




Scholarship Programs

The NSCDA scholarship programs are designed to encourage the study of American History, promote good citizenship and support nursing students of American Indian descent.


American History Educational Awards
American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards
Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for high school students
NSCDA in Oregon Teacher Grants

American History Educational Awards

Regional Awards:  Four scholarships of $5,000 each are funded by The National Society each year and administered by the Corporate Societies on a rotating schedule. The scholarships are awarded to students working toward doctorate degrees in American History defined as any period of American history, political science, historic restoration and preservation or administration of historic sites.

District Awards: These awards are funded by donations from the Societies within the eleven defined Districts of the NSCDA. On a rotating schedule, the Societies within each District take turns selecting the recipients. The amount of the awards depends upon the donations received from the Societies within each District each year. All Societies are invited to send their donations to the Society making the selection that year. Line the Regional Awards, the receipient shall be conducting research toward a doctorate in any period of American history, political science, historic restoration and preservation or research and administration of historic sites.

State Sponsored Awards: These are funded and sponsored by each State Society and they vary tremendously. They may be similar to the Regional and District Awards, but they may be given to any age child or adult for any reason pertaining to the education of American History. Examples are grants to enhance American history curriculum, History Day prizes, grants to teachers for enrichment study, grants to international students and other programs depending on the creativity and interests of the Societies.

Click Here for a Listing of the 2011-2012 Awardees

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Program


The American Indian Nurse Scholarship Award Program was started by The National Society in 1927 to give students of American Indian descent the opportunity to pursue careers in nursing. The students are expected to return to work among their people to help improve health care. Some students work on reservations, and others find employment in hospitals in areas largely populated by American Indians. Intended originally to benefit females only, the program has expanded to include males and the career goals now include not only nursing careers, but jobs in health care and health education, as well.

The current goal is to grant a $1,000 scholarship each semester, as long as the student remains in academic good standing. The scholarship money is restricted to tuition and specific academic expenses. To meet the financial demands of their education, many students seek additional government grants and subsidies and maintain par-time jobs.

Over the years, this program has made a significant contribution to breaking the pattern of poverty and unemployment that has plagued the American Indian population for several generations.

Click Here for APPLICATION

A letter from Candy, one of the recipients of these awards, is quoted below.


October 2012

Dear Colonial Dames,

             I am writing to let you know how much I appreciate your assistance and also I would like you to know how I am doing. I will begin by sharing what I have done in the past.
            I started my academic travels by attending tribal college. I loved science and became a double major my second semester there and had applied for some assistance from you also. I was approved and with your organization’s help, I graduated on time with two degrees: Community Health and Environmental Health in 2007. I am happy to report I made the Dean’s List and was chosen as the Student of the Year. Those were my proudest moments there.
            I applied to a private college in Billings, Montana and was accepted at Rocky Mountain College and I loved it. I graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Again, your scholarship proved invaluable.
            I wanted to keep going. So I applied to Graduate school at Montana State University-Bozeman and I love it. I am working towards a Masters in Family and Community Health. I am excited to finish by May 2013. I plan on having huge party. I worked very hard to get where I am. I am the first one to graduate from college and the first one to have a Masters. My family is very proud of me and I look forward to a career in Diabetic education and serving my people.

            Thank you for helping me and may the Lord richly bless you and yours,

  Congressional Seminar Essay Contest for high school students

The Washington Workshops Foundation Congressional Seminar
June 21-27, 2014

2014 Essay Topic

To what degree can it be said that the decisions of John Marshall’s Supreme Court laid the essential groundwork for establishing a strong federal government?  

Deadline: December 1, 2013 (November 28, 2013 for online submission)

For online submission form, go to  Scroll to High School Seminars and rectangle for “Scholarship Opportunities, National Society of Colonial Dames of America. Click on “Apply Online.”

Students at Dumbarton House 2011
Essay Contest winners at Dumbarton House, HQ of NSCDA

This essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students.  Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation's capital. See the list of winners from 2013.

The topic for the 2013 contest was: How does the Monroe Doctrine determine our past and present dominance as a world power?

Click here for: 2014 Application Form, Information for Teachers, Letter for Teachers and Sample 2012 Schedule for Student Participants.

For more information on the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar, go to Also click on the box for Scholarship Opportunities/National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.