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The 2013 Marlborough Historical Society Scholarship


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The 2013 Marlborough Historical Society Scholarship is $1,000, thanks to a generous donor. …

The 2013 Marlborough Historical Society Scholarship is $1,000, thanks to a generous donor.

We have also changed the approach from a written research paper to a project that might involve creating content with and distributing content through YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr, WhatWasThere, HistoryPin, Facebook, Twitter, and many other tools to increase awareness and reach new audiences.

The process opens March 1 and proposals (not projects) are due March 18. Any resident of Marlborough who is a graduating high school senior is welcome to participate.

More information is at

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  • 1. Announcing the2013 Marlborough Historical Society Scholarship March 1, 2013 Updated March 17, 2013 The Marlborough Historical Society in Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • 2. Updates• Added March 17: Clarified that the deadline is midnight, March 18 The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 3. Goals• Increase awareness and understanding of Marlborough history• Engage more people in historic preservation and local history• Connect with people who haven’t been reached by the Society’s efforts up to this point• Recognize the interest, creativity, and drive of a Marlborough student The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 4. Overview• Open to all residents of Marlborough who are graduating seniors, regardless of what high school they attend.• 2013: Scholarship increased to $1,000 – In prior years, the scholarship was $500• 2013: Payment awarded at graduation from high school – In prior years, the student had to commit to a college or university and present his or her grades after their first semester. Now, the student does not have to attend college in order to receive the award.• 2013: Projects that involve the creation and posting of content to Facebook, YouTube, HistoryPin, WhatWasThere, Google Maps, SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, AR, Wikipedia, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, SlideShare, Scribd, and others – Student will submit a proposal (10 slides) by midnight, March 18 and the Committee will select one. – Student will demo their project on April 22. – Final project due May 21. – In prior years, the student had to submit a research paper. The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 5. Key dates• Opens March 1• Proposals due by midnight, March 18• Proposal selected and student informed by March 22• Preliminary project due for review week of April 15• Student demos project at Annual Meeting on April 22• Final project due May 21• Check awarded at senior ceremony The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 6. How it works: The proposal process• Submit a proposal that increases the awareness and understanding of Marlborough history. –Traditional and new media –Any aspect of Marlborough history –Proposal length: 10 slides (maximum) –Include links to other works by the student and to examples –Must agree to the use of a Creative Commons ShareAlike license ( Submit proposals to Either e-mail slides or send a link to your slides posted at SlideShare or on your own Facebook page, or to a public Google Doc The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 7. Examples of proposed projects• Genealogical research on a related family or an historical figure – Document the project as a “How to” video or set of slides, including showing how you used resources at the Historical Society and elsewhere• Add historic photos to HistoryPin or WhatWasThere• Create themed Pinterest boards• Create a YouTube video or Facebook album• Write an essay and post to Scribd• Develop a presentation and post to SlideShare• Develop a mobile tour of historic sites in Marlborough Must all be tied to Marlborough The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 8. Questions to address as you develop your proposal• Will your proposed project increase the awareness and understanding of Marlborough history? – Does it include a plan to make people aware of the site or app? How many people will it reach? – Does it encourage them to actively contribute? – Does it reach new audiences? This might include content that is presented in multiple languages.• Does it involve original research or the creation of something new?• Is the topic, presentation, or plan creative?• Can others contribute to it or build on top of it?• Will it need to be updated? Is there a plan to do this? The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 9. Tips• We will be happy to review and comment on your proposal prior to the deadline. You can then revise it to address any questions raised and submit it by the deadline of midnight, March 18.• These are some of the factors that will distinguish outstanding proposals: – Original and creative – Brings new knowledge to new communities – Includes well-thought-out plans to raise awareness – Engages and leverage others – Lives on after the initial launch The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 10. For more information• Our scholarship page at• Subscribe to our newsletter• Follow on Twitter: @MarlboroHistory• “Like” on Facebook: The Marlborough Historical Society• If you have specific questions, contact us. The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013
  • 11. The history of the society and the scholarship• Founded September 22, 1964, the Marlborough Historical Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, education, and celebration in Marlborough, Massachusetts.• Other than a few small grants for specific programs, the Society receives no city, state, or federal money. As an all-volunteer organization, 100% of your donation funds the Societys historic preservation and education.• In prior years, the award was a $500 scholarship given in memory of Dorothy Medill, Claudia McCarty and Frank Valianti, who were founding members of the Society.• Thanks to an anonymous donor, the 2013 Marlborough Historical Scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000. Donations for next year’s fund may be sent to the address below. Indicate “2014 Scholarship” on your envelope.• Notable essays have covered the 1938 hurricane, Bartlett Park, and the Marlborough Country Club• The Marlborough Historical Society 377 Elm Street in Marlborough Marlborough, MA 01752 The Marlborough Historical SocietyMarch 1, 2013