Florida History Fair presents a medal and prize to first-, second-, and third-place state contest winners in each division and category. It honors one entry from each county with an Outstanding County Award, and it also gives prizes for excellent research relating to specific topics, as described below.
Outstanding County Award
An Outstanding County Award winner is selected from among the entries in a district that advance to the state contest. This prize recognizes extraordinary or dedicated efforts in researching and developing an individual or a group entry. The recipient(s) receives a certificate and a gift.
Students who advance to the state contest may nominate their project for a special prize if their topic relates to one of the twenty one special prize themes listed below. Junior and senior projects in all categories are eligible, although some prizes have eligibility criteria. Entries seeking the Florida Heritage, Florida Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage, and Cubberly Florida History awards must relate to some aspect of state history. Only historical paper projects may apply for the Cubberly Award, and only exhibit projects may apply for the Mapping History Award. Otherwise, topics can relate to any time frame or historical context, and, of course, they must be clearly associated with the 2012–13 NHD theme, "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events." Teams of judges review and rank the nominated entries, and the winner(s) of each special award, whether an individual or group entry, receives a prize. Special Prize nomination packets must be received at the Florida History Fair office by April 1, 2013.
- African American Heritage Award
- American Colonial Heritage Award
- American History Innovation Award
- Best Use of Primary Sources Award
- Celebrate Freedom Award
- Economic Heritage Award
- Florida Heritage Award (Florida topic)
- Florida Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage Award (Florida topic)
- Frederick Cubberly Florida History (Florida topic; paper only)
- Hispanic Heritage Award
- Holocaust Education Award
- Legal Heritage Award
- Mapping History Award (exhibit only)
- Military Heritage Award
- Native American Heritage Award (two awards)
- Science Heritage Award
- Space Heritage Award
- Spirit of '45 Award
- Sports Heritage Award
- Women's Heritage Award
- World War II Heritage Award
Students who wish to apply for a special prize should read the Nomination Guidelines, which explain what a special prize application packet must include, and they should complete the Special Prize Application Cover Sheet.