Once again, NEHS offers this competition exclusively for junior and sophomore members of active NEHS chapters. The Intellectual Freedom Challenge (IFC) invites NEHS members to submit well-reasoned, argumentative essays about the use of controversial texts that have been or may be challenged due to theme, content, or language. Successful students receive book gift certificates as well as a monetary Crafton Award. Essays will be accepted through October 5, 2020.
NEHS is open to high school students and select faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability in such areas as literary analysis, media studies, composition, linguistic study, and creative writing, and who meet the requirements of membership.
NEHS Members Inducted
Depicting the factual history of the Florida Dozier School for Boys, Whitehead carefully and quietly pays homage to the boys incarcerated at Dozier while searing the minds of his readers, forcing a confrontation with the concepts of slavery, race, and abuse, but also with the uplifting ideas of courage, dignity, and perseverance. With this text, Whitehead solidifies his place as one of the most significant writers of the 21st Century. As The Underground Railroad gave readers a visceral journey through the slave years of the 1800s and beyond, this text will challenge, trouble, and enlighten NEHS readers.
Applicants for the Merit Scholarships are to select this text as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 11, 2021.
Annually, NEHS offers a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 for active NEHS members planning on enrolling full time in two-year and four-year colleges.
The University of Texas at Austin, TX
Oak Ridge High School, TX
Howard University, DC
Cooper City High School, FL
The University of Pennsylvania, PA
Council Rock High School North, PA
Georgetown University, DC
Belleville West High School, IL