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About South Carolina History Day

Who may participate?

The South Carolina History Day program is available at the school level to all students in South Carolina. Only 6th-12th grade students compete at regional, state and national contests.   

Beginning in 2018, the top two projects from each division and category at regional contests will be eligible to compete at the State Contest. The first and second place projects in each division and category at the State Contest are eligible to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland.  The third place projects serve as alternates at both levels.

How do I get started?

Contact the state coordinator at

Does the program align with state standards?

Yes!  The History Day program aligns with many skills of the S.C. Social Studies Academic Standards, as well as from the S.C. Teacher Standards 4.0 Rubric.  An additional benefit to teachers are the existing materials to help incorporate History Day into the classroom.

What are the benefits of History Day?

Through my involvement with National History Day, I have become a more creative problem-solver, a better researcher, and a more diligent history student.

History Day is project-based learning at its finest.  The program teaches students research, analysis, presentation, and more! A national evaluation of National History Day found students who participate surpass their peers on state standardized tests and in skills development.  

History Chart          Passing rates for English

Learn more about the survey, which South Carolina students were a part of, at NHD Works

Who sponsors South Carolina History Day?

Since March 2016, Coastal Carolina University is the home of South Carolina History Day.  

We are also supported by South Carolina Humanities, Carolina Panthers Foundation,
Charleston Southern University, USC Upstate, Community Museum Society of Lake City, Richland Library, Winthrop University, Westwood High School, University South Caroliniana Society,
National Maritime Historical Society, The National Society of The Colonial Damesin the State of South Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield, Publix, Lowe's Foods, Costco, Food Lion, Subway, and individual contributors.  

Interested in donating to S.C. History Day?  Please contact the state coordinator. 

What is my regional contest?

Downstate: Allendale, Bambarg, Barnwell and Orangeburg counties. PLEASE CONTACT THE STATE COORDINATOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Grand Strand:  Georgetown and Horry counties

Lowcountry: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper counties

Midlands: Aiken, Edgefield, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Richland and Saluda counties

Pee Dee: Calhoun, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties

Rock Hill: Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, and York counties

Upstate: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union counties

What do I do if I have a question about judging?

Every effort is made to ensure that judging of South Carolina History Day projects is fair and accurate. Per the NHD Rule Book, all judging is final. Regional coordinators, state coordinator and officials at the national program DO NOT have the authority to overrule, set aside or undermine a judge’s decision.

If you have a concern about judging, please contact the corresponding coordinator responsible for the contest in question.  There is no time limit to send comments. Once received, the matter will be looked into in a timely fashion.