(The Canadian War Museum History Awards for students graduating from secondary school)
The Canadian War Museum is dedicated to the study of Canadian military history and the effects of war upon Canada and its people. The Museum also recognizes the need to assist students who plan to continue their post-secondary education. The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards have been instituted to support and encourage these students.
The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards are financially supported by the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.
Value of the Awards
The total value of the Awards consists of five prizes of $1000 each, to be distributed to five winning students.
Criteria for admission
Application for the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards is open to all senior students who plan on graduating from secondary school in the spring of 2014. To qualify, each student must submit an original work using one of the following media:
- Visual Art
- Audio or Video Production
In addition, each student must include a completed application form.
Please do NOT include extra material such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, news clippings or résumés.
Completed applications must be postmarked and mailed no later than April 12, 2014. Late applications and applications that do not provide all the requested material will not be reviewed. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be considered.
Every year, the Canadian War Museum selects a theme on which students must base their work. For 2014, students are to produce a work on the following theme:
Canada and the First World War
The First World War started in August 1914. It would last more than four years, and result in the deaths of approximately nine million people in uniform. During the same period, the war and other violent conflicts would kill an estimated twenty million civilians. The world would never be the same. In 2014, we mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, making this an ideal time to reflect upon the effects that entering this global conflict had on Canada and Canadians.
Your original work for this year’s competition should explore “why” Canada and Canadians participated in the First World War. You might examine the events and conditions that led to Canada going to war in 1914. You may want to look at the political, cultural and economic factors involved, or explore the varied motivations, expectations and actions of specific individuals.
Students may submit ONE entry in either of the media listed below:
- Text (i.e. essay, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, journalism)
- Visual Art (i.e. photography, drawing, painting, 3-D elements)
- Audio or Video Productions (i.e. songs, documentaries, commentaries, films)
Any submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be evaluated. All submission must come with the application form, filled on the computer and printed. Hand writer application forms will not be evaluated.
- Must be written either in English or in French, to a maximum of 2000 words (please include word count at the end of the text), in a size 12 font, a line spacing of 1.5 and a cover page.
- Students must include 4 stapled copies of their work, unfolded, in an appropriate envelope.
2. Visual Art
- Students may employ any two- or three-dimensional media.
- Students must submit their original work with 4 stapled copies of a description document explaining their work and the materials used in a minimum of 250 words, size 12 font, a line spacing of 1.5 and a cover page.
- The name of the student must be clearly visible on the artwork or on the back.
- Original works on paper should not be folded.
3. Audio or Video Production
- Productions must be in English or French (using subtitles or translations where necessary) and must not exceed 10 minutes in length.
- Students must submit 4 copies of the transcript and 4 copies of their production on CD or DVD. Transcripts must be stapled, have a cover page, a size 12 font, a line spacing of 1.5 and be unfolded.
- CD’s and DVD’s must be labeled and in individual sleeves.
Sending your application
Send your original work and application form in a 9 x 12 envelope (except Visual Art submissions which can be sent in an appropriate envelope) to:
The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards
1 Vimy Place
Submissions will be reviewed by a multi-disciplinary Canadian War Museum committee based on creativity, scholarship, critical thinking, relevance and the ability to communicate a clear message. Of the entries submitted, the committee may select up to five winners, each of whom will receive $1000. The committee reserves the right of final decision. Any entry that does not conform to any of the above mentioned specifications will not be evaluated.
Notification to students
All candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision in June, 2014. Submissions, whether successful or not, will not be returned. Winning submissions become the exclusive property of the Canadian War Museum.
Every effort will be made to formally present awards at each successful student’s graduation ceremony (if applicable). Failing this, awards will be sent directly to the successful student’s current address.
In addition to receiving a monetary award, winning students will have their original works posted on the Canadian War Museum’s Web site. Works may need to be edited to respect the Canadian War Museum’s publishing policies.
Recipients of the 2014 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards
In 2014, applicants of the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards were asked to submit an original work considering “Canada and the First World War“.
Of the entries submitted by students from across Canada, five were retained as winners:
John Paul II Collegiate
North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Category: Audio or Video Production
Belleisle Regional High School
Springfield, New Brunswick
Category: Audio or Video Production
The Life of John J. Ross
Grand Forks Secondary School
Grand Forks, British Columbia
What It Was For: A poem on Canadian enlistment in World War One (poem)
Springhill Junior Senior High School
Springhill, Nova Scotia
The Call (poem)
Goderich District Collegiate
The Entrance of Canada to World War One: Factors Affecting the Reactions of Canadians to the Declaration of War (essay)
For any inquiries about the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards, students can either email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (819) 776-8617 and leave their name, a brief message and phone number.
Download the application form (PDF file, 250 Kb)