The German-American Hall of Fame (GAMHOF) announced in May 2012 an exciting new initiative, the GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay Contest.
With separate competitions for college and high school students, the essay contest will offer cash awards totaling $3,000 for the winning students.
The mission of GAMHOF is to highlight the contributions of outstanding Americans of German ancestry, underscoring the tremendous positive impact of America’s largest immigrant group. Such notable Americans as President Eisenhower, Babe Ruth and Albert Einstein have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
GAMHOF wants to encourage students to look into the lives and contributions of outstanding German-Americans, and then to write about them. The Board of Trustees expects to see some fine research and writing that will bring alive the amazing impact of this group of 70 million Americans.
View and access the application for the GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay Contest
This year’s student essay contest asked each applicant to write an essay about an American of Germany ancestry that the student found especially compelling. Then, the students elaborated by writing about their subject’s impact on the United States.
The winners of the 2012 GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay contest are:
First prize -- Josef Nothmann, Suffolk University, Massachusetts
Essay subject: Dr. Fritz Redlich Read Essay
Second prize -- Crystal Stone, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania
Essay subject: poet Lisel Mueller Read Essay
Third prize -- Lisa Wiesenberger, University of Michigan
Essay subject: Heidi Klum Read Essay
High School Winners
First prize -- Abby Horne, Auburn High School, Alabama
Essay subject: Amelia Earhart Read Essay
Second prize -- Annie Lueck, Auburn High School, Alabama
Essay subject: Dr. Wernher von Braun Read Essay
Third place -- Matt Ahrnsen, St. Xavier High School, Ohio
Essay subject: President Dwight D. Eisenhower Read Essay
Congratulations to the winners and to all the students who participated in the 2012 GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay contest.
Upcoming GAMHOF Student Scholarship Essay Contest