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    Romanian American Heritage Award - 7th Edition, 2023 ūüĎčūüĎčūüĎč

    Romanian American National Heritage Awards

    7th edition, 2023

     

     

    Awards up to $1,000

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    ūüá∑ūüáīūüáļūüáł We are overjoyed to announce the winners of the Romanian American National Heritage Award, 7th edition - 2023! ūüŹÜ
    ūüŹÖ National Platinum Award: Victor Ene, Andrea Klein, Gabriela Pirtea, Caterina Stoica
    ūüŹÖ National Gold Award:Stephanie Dragoi, Ana Girnita, Mara Haiduc, Alex Lehene, Elisa Tunaru
    ūü•ą National Silver Award: Marina Diaconu, Gruia Radu, Daniel Rimbu, Larissa Sambotin
    ūüŹÖ US Central Platinum Award: Ana Guset
    ūüŹÖ US West Platinum Award: Roxana Stanescu
    ūüŹÖ US East Platinum Award: Michael Stoica
    ūüŹÖ US Central Gold Award: Julia Triculescu, Ayden Pana, Alexa Zaharia, Inara Zayic
    ūü•ą US West Gold Award: Luca Barbat
    ūü•ą US East Gold Award: Teodora Diaconu, Emma Manole, Sophia Manole, Ana Martin
    ūü•ą US Central Silver Award: Alissia Anghel, Matei Busu, Alexandru Cernea, Emma Dram, Dan Haidau, Laura Melinciuc, Andrew Zaharia
    ūüĆü Honorary Mention Award: Maya Alexa, David Bora, Matei Panaitisor, David Tunduc, Rebekah Weidell

    Meet the Ambassador in Washington, DC

    Learn more: 2022 Edition

    The Romanian American National Heritage Award is an annual competition for high school students with Romanian heritage or background. Applicants of non-Romanian descent may qualify as long as their work and experience relate to Romania or the Romanian community in the US.

    The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the cohesion of the Romanian community and the preservation of its heritage, language, culture, and traditions.

    Granted by the¬†American Romanian Cultural Society¬†and¬†Romanian United Fund,¬†with the endorsement of the¬†Embassy of Romania to the United States, and¬†the support of ARCS Arizona and ARCS Detroit, and our community partners, HORA, Romanians of DC, Casa Romana, and Rom√Ęnul - SUA.¬†The Award Ceremony will be hosted at the¬†Alian»õa¬†Gala on November 29th, 2023.

     

     


    Recognition and Awards


    All eligible participants will receive the official recognition of the Romanian Embassy in the United States, and the top winners will receive awards of up to $1,000 dollars each. 

    In the past years, the award has helped the recipients distinguish themselves in their admission process to top colleges and institutions, such as Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University, Pitzer College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Whitman College, Purdue University, UW Honors, Harvard, MIT, and many others.

    Congratulations to our 2022 Winners:

    Timeline 


    June 30th 2023 - Submission of Applications Opens

    October 15th 2023 - Submission of Applications Closes

    October 30th 2023 - Winners Announced 

    November 29th 2023 - Award Ceremony at Alianta Gala

     

     

    Eligibility:


    ‚Äč‚ÄčAge and residence:¬†For the 2023 edition, participants must be enrolled in High School in United States for the 2022-2023 academic year.¬†

    Academic standing:¬†Minimum unweighted High School GPA of 3.0 ‚Äď or equivalent, running average for the last school year.

    Teamwork: Both individuals and teams can participate in the competition. Participation in teams is encouraged. To encourage leadership and simplify the evaluation process, the maximum team size is 5, including the leader.

    There are no Romanian or US citizenship requirements. There are no fees required, this competition is entirely free to participate for eligible students.

    ‚ÄčEligibility for national participants
    The top 5 winners of the regional competitions advance to the national competition.


    Evaluation criteria


    The following criteria will be used in the evaluation process (not all criteria are required, but they will strengthen your application): 

    1) Community work and leadership
    The number of volunteering hours and their visible outcome and results will be a strong factor in the evaluation. Where applicable and possible, volunteering and community work in Romania (e.g. groundbreaking projects with children, youth and seniors from underprivileged social backgrounds, or religious and ethnic minorities) will receive the jury's highest consideration. Please highlight this aspect in your application. 

    Please provide a detailed description of your working experience, highlighting the ways in which your activity and leadership initiatives impacted the targeted community, strengthening its civic spirit and sense of unity.

    If you are looking for opportunities to do community work, and satisfy this criterion next year, signup with RUF Youth to learn about how you can get involved. The volunteering opportunities are multiple especially if you live in the greater Chicago area and can come to ROCO.

    2) Essay 
    Please submit a short motivational essay that will describe how your community work influenced your own personal growth and brought awarness to your bicultural and bilingual identity in the US. We strongly encourage applicants to model their essay from their college application essays, following a similar structure and attention to detail. The essay shall have no less than 200 words and no more than 650 words.

    3) Recommendations from local community leaders
    Your essay and recommendations (up to 2) will play an important role in the evaluation process. A formal letter is not required, a name and contact info (email and/or phone number) will be sufficient. The contest organizers will reach out to confirm the recommendations.

    Romanian Heritage Connection
    Applicants of any cultural background may qualify, as long as they are able to prove their interest, work experience and connection to Romania. 
    Examples of such proof:

    • Passing an officially recognized Romanian language test ‚Äď where available
    • An essay in Romanian¬†
    • Volunteer work in Romania
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    Romanian American Heritage Award - 6th Edition, 2022 ūüĎčūüĎčūüĎč

    Romanian American National Heritage Awards

    6th edition, 2022

     

     

    Up to $1,000 Awards

    Winners Announced

    Meet the Ambassador in Washington, DC

    The Romanian American National Heritage Award is an annual competition for high school students with Romanian heritage or background. Applicants of non-Romanian descent may qualify, as long as their work and experience relate to Romania or the Romanian community in the US. 

    The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the cohesion of the Romanian community and the preservation of its heritage, language, culture, and traditions.

    Granted by the¬†American Romanian Cultural Society¬†and¬†Romanian United Fund,¬†with the endorsement of the¬†Embassy of Romania to the United States, and¬†the support of ARCS Arizona and ARCS Detroit, and our community partners, HORA, Romanians of DC, Casa Romana, and Rom√Ęnul - SUA.

    The Award Ceremony will be hosted at the Alianța Gala on November 30th, 2022. 

    Please email us at¬†[email protected]¬†if you want to join us as a community partner.

    Congratulations to the Winners of 2022 Edition

    ‚ÄĘ Platinum, National - Andreas Miclea (Northside College Preparatory High School, IL)
    ‚ÄĘ Gold, National - Briana Feier (Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, OH) & Alexandra R√ģmbu (Highland Park Senior High School, MN)
    ‚ÄĘ Silver, National - Robert Alexandru Cusmir (French-American School of New York, NY)
    ‚ÄĘ Platinum, East Coast - Mircea Gruia Florescu (The Hudson School, NJ)
    ‚ÄĘ Gold, East Coast - Ian Saracila (Spring Valley High School, SC)
    ‚ÄĘ Silver, East Coast - Liam Alexe (Avon High School, CT)
    ‚ÄĘ Platinum, Mid-West¬†- Vlad Lovin (Culver Military Academy, IN) & Alexandra Lehene (Glenbrook South High School, IL)
    ‚ÄĘ Gold, Mid-West - Erin Tamasi (Community District 99 Downers Grove North High School, IL), Daniel R√ģmbu (Highland Park Senior High School, MN), and Nicholas Moigradan (Maine South High School, IL)
    ‚ÄĘ Silver, Mid-West - Inara Zayic (Minnetonka High School, MN), Dan HaidńÉu (Wheeling High School, IL), and Petru Matei Busu (Maine South High School, IL)
    ‚ÄĘ Platinum, West Coast - Victor Ene (Sunset High School, OR)
    ‚ÄĘ Gold, West Coast - Ana G√ģrni»õńÉ (Portola High School, CA)
    ‚ÄĘ Silver, West Coast - Larisa S√Ęmbotin (Skyline High School, WA)

     

    Recognition and Awards

    All eligible participants will receive the official recognition of the Romanian Embassy in the United States and the top winners will receive awards of up to $1000 dollars each. 

    In the past years, the award has helped the recipients distinguish themselves in their admission process to top colleges and institutions, such as Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University, Pitzer College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Whitman College, Purdue University, UW Honors, Harvard and many others. 

    Timeline

    June 30, 2022 - Submission of Applications Opens

    October 15, 2022 - Submission of Applications Closes

    October 30, 2022 - Winners Announced 

     

    Eligibility:

    ‚Äč‚ÄčAge and residence:¬†For the 2022¬†edition, participants must be enrolled in High School in United States for the 2021-2022¬†academic year.¬†

    Academic standing:¬†Minimum unweighted High School GPA of 3.0 ‚Äď or equivalent, running average for the last school year.

    Team work: Both individuals and teams can participate in the competition. Participation in teams is encouraged. To encourage leadership and simplify the evaluation process, the maximum team size is 5, including the leader.

    There are no Romanian or US citizenship requirements. There are no fees required, this competition is entirely free to participate for eligible students.

    ‚ÄčEligibility for national participants
    The top 5 winners of the regional competitions advance to the national competition.

    Evaluation criteria

    The following criteria will be used in the evaluation process (not all criteria are required, but they will strengthen your application): 

    1) Community work and leadership
    The number of volunteering hours and their visible outcome and results will be a strong factor in the evaluation. Where applicable and possible, volunteering and community work in Romania (e.g. groundbreaking projects with children, youth and seniors from underprivileged social backgrounds, or religious and ethnic minorities) will receive the jury's highest consideration. Please highlight this aspect in your application. 

    Please provide a detailed description of your working experience, highlighting the ways in which your activity and leadership initiatives impacted the targeted community, strengthening its civic spirit and sense of unity.

    If you are looking for opportunities to do community work, and satisfy this criterion next year, signup with RUF Youth to learn about how you can get involved. The volunteering opportunities are multiple especially if you live in the greater Chicago area and can come to ROCO.

    2) Essay 
    Please submit a short motivational essay that will describe how your community work influenced your own personal growth and brought awarness to your bicultural and bilingual identity in the US. We strongly encourage applicants to model their essay from their college application essays, following a similar structure and attention to detail. The essay shall have no less than 200 words and no more than 650 words.

    3) Recommendations from local community leaders
    Your essay and recommendations (up to 2) will play an important role in the evaluation process. A formal letter is not required, a name and contact info (email and/or phone number) will be sufficient. The contest organizers will reach out to confirm the recommendations.

    Romanian Heritage Connection
    Applicants of any cultural background may qualify, as long as they are able to prove their interest, work experience and connection to Romania. 
    Examples of such proof:

    • Passing an officially recognized Romanian language test ‚Äď where available
    • An essay in Romanian¬†
    • Volunteer work in Romania
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    Romanian American Heritage Award - 5th Edition, 2021 ūüĎčūüĎčūüĎč

    Romanian American National Heritage Awards

    5th edition, 2021

    The Romanian American National Heritage Award is an annual competition for youth with Romanian heritage or background. Applicants of non-Romanian descent may qualify, as long as their work and experience relate to Romania or the Romanian community in the US. 

    Presented by the American Romanian Cultural Society, Alianta, and Romanian United Fund, with the endorsement of the Embassy of Romania to the United States.

    The jury representing the three organizations involved based their decision on the national and international impact of the volunteering activity described, the candidate's academic achievements and leadership potential, and tracked record, as well as their future vision for the benefit of the Romanian community, locally and beyond.

    Congratulations to the Winners of This Year's Edition

    • Platinum, National -¬†¬†Andreea Haidau¬†(Wheeling High School, IL)
    • Platinum, West Coast¬†-¬†Victor Ene¬†(Sunset High School,¬†OR)
    • Platinum, East¬†Coast¬†-¬†Daniel Niculescu¬†(Cranbrook Schools, MI)
    • Gold, West Coast ¬†-¬†Larisa S√Ęmbotin (Skyline High School,¬†WA),¬†Alex Iliescu¬†(Interlake High School, WA),¬†Tamara Toma¬†(Homestead High School, CA),¬†Ilinca FlńÉcńÉu¬†(Leland High School, CA)¬†
    • Gold, East Coast¬† -¬†Stefan Julian Corda»ô¬†(¬†Trumbull High School, CT)
    • Silver, Central¬†¬†-¬†Andreas Miclea (Northside College Preparatory High School, IL),¬†Fevzy¬†Ghiuve-Osman (Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, IL),¬†Gruia Radu¬†(New Trier Township High-School, IL),¬†David Burcńɬ†(Sconzo Early College High School, TX)¬†

     

    Mission and Purpose

    The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the cohesion of the Romanian community and the preservation of its heritage, language, culture, and traditions.

     

    Recognition and Awards

    All eligible participants will receive the official recognition of the Romanian Embassy in the United States and the top winners will receive scholarships of up to $500 dollars each. 

    The award has helped the recipients distinguish themselves in their admission process to top colleges and institutions, such as Dartmouth College, Wesleyan Univ, Pitzer College, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, Whitman College, Purdue Univ, UW Honors, and many others. 

    Timeline

     

    June 30 - Submission of Applications Opens

    September 30 - Submission of Applications Closes

    October 15 - Winners Announced 

    November 18 - Award Ceremony at the Alianța Gala in Washington DC

     

    Application 

    Please submit your application HERE

     

    Eligibility for participation

    ‚Äč‚ÄčAge and residence:¬†For the 2021 edition, participants must be enrolled in High School in the United States for the 2020-2021 academic year.¬†

    Academic:¬†Minimum unweighted High School GPA of 3.0 ‚Äď or equivalent, running average for the last school year.

    Teamwork: Both individuals and teams can participate in the competition. Participation in teams is encouraged. To encourage leadership and simplify the evaluation process, the maximum team size is 5.

    There are no Romanian or US citizenship requirements. There are no fees required, this competition is entirely free to participate for eligible students.

    ‚ÄčEligibility for national participants
    The top 5 winners of the regional competitions advance to the national competition

     

    Evaluation criteria


    The following criteria will be used in the evaluation process (not all criteria are required, but they will strengthen your application): 

    1) Community work and leadership
    The number of volunteering hours and their visible outcome and results will be a strong factor in the evaluation. Where applicable and possible, volunteering and community work in Romania (e.g. groundbreaking projects with children, youth and seniors from underprivileged social backgrounds, or religious and ethnic minorities) will receive the jury's highest consideration. Please highlight this aspect in your application. 

    Please provide a detailed description of your working experience, highlighting the ways in which your activity and leadership initiatives impacted the targeted community,  strengthening its civic spirit and sense of unity, bringing awareness to the role of the Romanian language and traditions in shaping the Romanian American identity and legacy in the US. The description should be either in Romanian or in English, and should not exceed 650 words. 

    2) Essay 
    Please submit an essay that will describe how your community work influenced your own personal growth and brought awarness to your bicultural and bilingual identity in the US. We strongly encourage applicants to model their essay from their college application essays, following a similar structure and attention to detail. The essay shall have no less than 200 words and no more than 650 words.

    3) Recommendations from local community leaders
    Your essay and recommendations will play an important role in the evaluation process. A formal letter is not required, a name and contact info (email and/or phone number) will be sufficient. The contest organizers will reach out to confirm the recommendations.

     

    Romanian Heritage Connection

    Applicants of any cultural background may qualify, as long as they are able to prove their interest, work experience, and connection to Romania. 
    Examples of such proof:

    • Passing an officially recognized Romanian language test ‚Äď where available
    • An essay in Romanian¬†
    • Volunteer work in Romania

    * For past editions, winners and photos, please visit Romanian American Heritage Award page. 

     

    Organizers

    American Romanian Cultural Society

    Alian»õa

    Romanian United Fund

    With the support of the Romanian Embassy in Washington D.C. 

    Community Partners:¬†Romanian Cultural Institute USA/New York,¬†Rom√Ęnul Corp,¬†HORA-Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota.