Scholarships Article

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Oklahoma offers two annual scholarships, an annual Essay Contest Award, and an annual District VI award.

Indian Nurse Scholarship

Our state society selects annually one Indian Nurse Scholarship recipient from an Oklahoma college or university.  This $1,500 award is to be used for tuition, fees, books and school supplies.  Additional information may be found on our national NSCDA website:

American History Graduate Student Award

Our state society selects annually one American History Graduate Student Award recipient from an Oklahoma college or university.  This $1,000 award is given to a graduate student in recognition of an excellent academic record and the student's stated goal of teaching American History or doing related work.  

The 2017 recipient is Bryan Nies. Bryan is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma.  He recently completed his masters thesis and is undertaking a dissertation project that examines the interaction between smuggling, privateering, and the slave trade on the gulf coast during the years of the early republic.     

District VI American History Award

Oklahoma is one of four state societies that comprise District VI.  Each year District VI gives an American History Award, the recipient of which rotates among the four states.  This year's award totals $1700.

American History Award Recipient

American History Award Recipients

Bryan Nies, recipient of Oklahoma American History Award

Essay Contest

Our state society sponsors annually an Essay Contest, awarding the winner $1,150 tuition, up to $500 travel expenses, and $100 out of pocket expenses to attend the Washington Workshops Foundation's Congressional Seminar in Washington, D.C. in June. The week-long seminar features model Congressional Committee meetings, dialogue sessions with public and private sector leaders, visits to Washington D.C. museums and historic sites, and a visit to Dumbarton House.  A Colonial Dames legacy program is available to direct descendants of Dames with tuition provided by the family.  

The winner of the 2018 Essay Contest in Oklahoma is Fiza Sheikh, a student at Santa Fe High School in Edmond, OK.  Fiza submitted an excellent essay on this year's topic, "Why did the authors of the United States Constitution give Presidents the power to issue Executive Orders?"