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 Educational Research Award
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The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, located in historic Ste. Genevieve Missouri, is now accepting applications for its 2024 Educational Research Award. The Foundation promotes scholarly historical study and publication of related books as means to communicate knowledge of the early settlement of Ste. Genevieve and the people who settled the region. As such, the Foundation offers an annual Educational Research Award for scholarly works of this nature.  The GUIDELINES for this award are listed below.

This $500 award is given annually to encourage study and research regarding the Ste. Genevieve District. Ste. Genevieve was an important location in Upper Louisiana during French and Spanish Rule before the Louisiana Purchase and in the formative years of the State of Missouri. However, the award is not limited to research during these time periods but could be awarded for any time period or subject matter related to the area. The award may be given for a thesis, graduate level special project, dissertation, or book.

Applications must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2024 to be considered eligible for the 2023 award.


The application for thesis, graduate level special project, or dissertation can be found here: 




If you are applying for the book award, please use the button below.


Amount of Award:  The award will typically be $500 annually. However, the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve reserves the right to limit the amount in a given year based on the availability of funds.

Eligibility:  Masters and Doctorial candidates of any nationality from all academic disciplines who will be, or is, writing a thesis, conducting an advanced project (see following definition) or dissertation related to the Ste. Genevieve District. An advanced project might be creating an exhibit, an interpretive program, or a historic structures report.  Persons writing a book, or having published a book within the last two years on the area, are also eligible.

The award is a one-time reward for Masters applicants.  At the discretion of the Foundation and the Selection Committee, a second award in a subsequent year may be made to those applicants writing a doctoral dissertation. Typically, the Foundation will only grant one award in a given year. However, at the discretion of the Foundation, more than one award may be made in a given year if additional funds (in increments of $500) are available, or if special funds can be raised for the specific purpose of granting more than one award.

Applicants who are from, or have parents or grandparents living in, Ste. Genevieve County will be given preference.

The successful recipient cannot be a member of the family of the selection committee members.

Selection Calendar and Process:  Applicants will submit an application by September 30th on an annual basis. The application will describe their scholarly work and its relationship to the Ste. Genevieve District as well as the applicant’s curriculum vitae. Use the appropriate buttons above to access the application form.

Notification of the Award Winner: The winner will be invited to the annual Christmas meeting in the same year of selection for presentation of the award.  If they cannot attend, a suitable award date and method will be established.

Conditions of Award:  As a condition of accepting the award, the recipient agrees to furnish one copy of their thesis or dissertation to the Mecker Library.  If it is an advanced project, the exhibit or interpretive program will be furnished to the Foundation for use. If it is a historic structures survey, a copy of the survey will be furnished to the Foundation’s Mecker Research Library.

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