Romanian American National Heritage Awards

Romanians of DC is pleased to continue to serve as a community partner for the Romanian American National Heritage Award, at the invitation of the American Romanian Cultural Society.

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.

The Award is granted by the American Romanian Cultural Society and Romanian United Fund, with the endorsement of the Embassy of Romania to the United States. The Award Ceremony is usually hosted at the Alianța Gala which takes place in late November in Washington, DC. In addition to Romanian of DC, the other local community partners have been: the Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota, Românul Corp in Connecticut, Casa Română in Northern California, ARCS Arizona, and ARCS Detroit.

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

The application for the 2023 Awards opened on June 30 and will remained open through October 15, 2023. Winners will be  announced on October 30 and recognized, as noted above, at the Alianța Gala.

To learn more about the eligibility criteria and the evaluation process for the Romanian American National Heritage Awards, please visit To apply please CLICK HERE!

2023 Local Winners

Stephanie Drăgoi, National Gold Award
Ana Martin, U.S. East Gold Award
Alexandru Drăgoi, U.S. East Silver Award
Laura Melinciuc, U.S. East Silver Award