Naval Historical Foundation Honoring History Teachers

The Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) is honoring teachers whose students were recognized for outstanding scholarship in U.S. naval and maritime history at the 2018 National History Day Contest for middle and high school students.

NHF will present its newly established Naval Historical Foundation Teachers of Distinction Award to teachers in this year’s National Contest. The awards will be presented in conjunction with the National Contest award ceremony at the University of Maryland, College Park, June 10-14.

The Teachers of Distinction awards are in addition to NHF’s Coskey Prize awards of $1,000 each presented annually to middle and high school students who demonstrate superior work in naval and maritime history. This award is named after the late Captain Ken Coskey, former NHF Executive Director and Navy pilot who was a Vietnam prisoner of war for five years.

The Teachers of Distinction Award includes the teachers of students receiving the Coskey Prizes and teachers whose students place 1st, 2nd or 3rd within their category at the National Contest with maritime history topic. The award to the teachers includes a $200 honorarium, a certificate of excellence and three-year membership to NHF.
Additional student nominees for the Coskey Prizes and their teachers also will receive certificates and three-year NHF memberships. All of the honored teachers will be designated as a “Naval Historical Foundation Teacher of Distinction.”

“We recognize that skilled and enthusiastic teachers are key to educating young people in our country’s naval and maritime history,” said retired Navy Admiral William Fallon, NHF Chairman. “We’re delighted to expand our relationship with National History Day and recognize such teachers in a meaningful way.”

“The NHF is a long-time supporter of students and teachers at the National Contest,” said National History Day Executive Director Cathy Gorn. “These additional awards are an excellent way to honor teachers for their hard-work and to recognize their support of maritime history.”

Each year more than half a million middle and high school students compete in the National History Day Contest. Students enter historical research projects in one of five categories, documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. After entering at the local level, top projects progress to the affiliate level contest. The top two entries in each category and division are then invited to the National Contest held at the University of Maryland, College Park.


About National History Day® (NHD):
NHD is a non-profit education organization headquartered in College Park, MD. Established in 1974, NHD promotes an appreciation for historical research among middle and high school students through multiple annual programs. More than half a million students participate in the annual National History Day Contest. These research-based projects are entered in contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. NHD provides professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators of all levels. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, Jostens, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, Southwest Airlines, the Joe Weider Foundation, and the WEM 2000 Foundation of the Dorsey & Whitney Foundation. For more information, visit

About Naval Historical Foundation (NHF):
Since its founding in 1926, NHF has served people interested in the history of the U.S. Navy’s contributions to America’s maritime history and heritage. Our mission is to preserve and honor the legacy of those who came before us, and educate and inspire the generations that follow. NHF increases awareness through: youth and award programs; forums, symposiums, and heritage events; and deep-sea exploration of the maritime domain, bringing naval history and scientific discovery to life. NHF is a 501c3 membership organization. For more information visit,