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 7, 2019.
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
The process of selecting a Common Reader for the NEHS network challenges the Advisory Council members each year. As announced, the 2019-2020 Common Reader will be A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza; the Advisory Council members gathered in St. Louis a few weeks ago spent considerable time reviewing numerous books and the data from the Common Reader survey distributed several months ago before making a decision. We also considered the results of the scholarship scores we had just used to determine the recipients of this year’s Merit scholarships. Applicants for the Merit Scholarships are to select this text as the basis of their application submissions, which will be due January 21, 2020.
Annually, NEHS offers $65,000 in 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.
Journalism, Northwestern Univeristy
Langley High School, VA
Polical Science & Economics, Texas Christian University
Grapevine Faith Christian School, TX
English & History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hickory High School, NC
Biology Pre-Pharmacy, Washington College
The Catholic School of Baltimore, MD