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Rubincam Youth Award

Offered by National Genealogical Society

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jan 11, 2023
2 awards worth up to


Grade level

High School Students

Application deadline:

December 15, 2023

Scholarship Overview

Are you interested in your personal family history and genealogy? If so, consider applying for the Rubincam Youth Award! The Rubincam Youth Award is open to middle and high school students who submit an appropriately prepared genealogy. The scholarship is offered by the National Genealogical Society, a genealogical interest group founded in 1903 in Washington, D.C. They were the first national genealogical organization and have long paved the way in the field of genealogy. The Rubincam Youth Award honors Milton Rubincam, a passionate genealogist with many years of service contributing to the National Genealogical Society and the field of genealogy. To honor his legacy, this award aims to encourage and recognize our youth as the next generation of family historians. Each year, the scholarship awards a $500 cash prize to one (1) high school student and a $250 cash prize to one (1) middle school student. It also includes a plaque and a one-year NGS membership. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a middle or high school student who meets the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

High School Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents, Other

Academic Interest


Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit their appropriately prepared genealogy by email or physical mail. If submitting by email, send it to [email protected] and include “Rubincam Youth Writing Competition” in the subject line. If sending by physical mail, send it to this address: NGS Rubincam Youth Writing Competition, National Genealogical Society, 6400 Arlington Blvd, Suite 810, Falls Church, VA 22042-2318.



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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact National Genealogical Society at [email protected].

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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