Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards

Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 5

The Canadian War Museum is dedicated to the study of Canadian military history and the effects of war upon Canada and its people. Each year, the Museum sponsors a national history award competition for senior high school students, based on a historically significant event or theme.

The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards are financially supported by the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.


Up to five prizes of $1,000 each are awarded to individual winners. In addition, winning entries will be posted on the Canadian War Museum website.


Open to all senior students graduating from secondary school in the spring of 2017. Each student must submit an original work that satisfies the requirements listed below (text, visual art, audio or video production), and a completed application form.


Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified in June 2017.


Every year, the Canadian War Museum selects a theme on which students must base their work. For 2017, students are to produce a work on the following theme:

How has War Shaped Canada?

The Canadian War Museum studies how war, conflict, and the search for peace has shaped Canada’s development as a nation. Choose the military event that you think has had the most profound impact on the history of the country and explore how it has shaped your life, or that of your community, in Canada today.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation and presents an opportunity to reflect upon the historical events and forces that have shaped the Canada we know today. Select a military event , one related to war, conflict, or the search for peace, and explore its impact on the development of the country. Its impact can be geographical, political, social or cultural. It can relate to how and where you live today, what you think it means to be Canadian, and even Canada’s place in the modern world.

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