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Houstonfest Scholarships -
Scholarships at State
Special Rules and Procedures for the 2021 Remote Contest
Tips for Pair Discussion
Arrival at Heights High School
Plays will be performed at Houstonfest
Daily log of changes to
Sat., Mar. 6, 2021:
State online awards ceremony
Fri., Mar. 12, 2021:
Scholarship applications due.
Fri., April 30, 2021:
Gail Cope Teacher Grant applications due.
The rest of this will be updated for 2022 some time soon:
Sat., Jan. 16, 2021: Regular deadline to submit registration
spreadsheet in order to pay regular price of $10/student (payment does not have
to be mailed until 1/25).
Mon., Jan. 25, 2021: Final deadline to submit registration spreadsheet
for late price of $12/student and deadline to postmark payment.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2021,
8:00 p.m.: Deadline to submit changes (adds,
drops, substitutions). After this point, no more additions or
substitutions will be allowed.
Sat., Feb. 6, 2021:
Houstonfest (100% remote): some events conducted
"live" (online) that day, all others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.
Thur., Feb. 11, 2021:
Houstonfest online awards show emailed to teachers.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2021:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m.
for "early bird" price of
$10/student (payment does not have to be mailed yet). Also, deadline to apply for the
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.
Mon., Feb. 22, 2021: State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. at
regular price of
$12/student. Also, entries for
promotional video contest
due to State director Jennifer Christianson by 8:00 p.m. and deadline to
Sat., Feb. 27, 2021: Texas State German
Contest (100% remote): some events conducted "live" (online) that day, all
others submitted digitally by 9:00 a.m.
Scholarships at State
Gail Cope Scholarships
teacher Gail Cope (formerly of W.T. White High School in Dallas) generously
funds scholarships for the top winners at the Texas State German Contest.
Scholarship winners are determined by the number of sweepstakes points the
students earn for their schools by winning first- through fifth-place awards.
At least five scholarships are awarded with the top scholarship worth at least
Each teacher is allowed to nominate one student per year for this
scholarship. The nomination process is quite simple, and teachers are
encouraged to participate in this wonderful program.
For more information,
Scholarships page of the State website.
Mary El-Beheri Memorial
A scholarship of at least $500 is given
annually in memory of founding State director
Mary El-Beheri (1938-2012).
The scholarship goes only to a current
senior who has attended State at least three years (including the current
year) and intends to continue his/her study of German after high school.
Each school is allowed to submit up to three nominees.
submitted the week after the regional contests, i.e., the application
process occurs BEFORE State and not afterwards.
Judging is based on the sweepstakes points that
the nominee has earned in his/her best three years of attending State.
Nominees will indicate what they won at all previous State contests on the
application, and their results at the current year's State contest will be
added to the mix in the tab room before the winner is determined.
The finalists are recognized on
stage and the winner announced at the
State awards ceremony.
Payment is made directly to the institution where the winner enrolls to
See the State
website for the
rules and application form.
Mary El-Beheri German Heritage Essay Award
Research Papers at State
The winners of first through fifth place
in the research paper contest at the Texas State German Contest receive
scholarships funded by the
Heritage Society (GTHS) and the Texas State German Contest. Amounts are $500 for first, $250 for
second, $125 for third, $100 for fourth, and $75 for fifth.
Click here for more information.
GTHS website for more
information about the benefits of membership or to join. Teachers
are encouraged to join, but teacher membership is not a requirement for students
to win a scholarship.
After its introduction in 2019, the
Houston Saengerbund's scholarship program for seniors
continued in 2020 with some changes to the format. There were two branches of the
competition: singing and language. If/when details about the program
become available for 2021, they will be posted here.
Texas German Society
While this contest is not directly related to
Houstonfest, we are pleased to help the Texas German Society
publicize their annual essay contest,
which awards scholarships of $1000, $750, and $500. The entry deadline is March 15, 2021.
Here are the application guidelines and the application form (follow the
When is the next Houstonfest?
February 5, 2022
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 contest was conducted entirely REMOTELY. We hope to be
back at our usual venue, Heights High School in Houston, in 2022.
Link to Texas
State German Contest
State German Contest on Facebook