NEHS Need-Based Scholarships

About 

NEHS wishes to support students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance in English studies, NEHS members who have been active participants in National English Honor Society, and who qualify for a need-based award due to income and/or family circumstance.

These awards are competitive in nature; members of the Advisory Council of NEHS will evaluate applications.

Number of Awards: 4
Amount of Each Award: $1,000

Criteria 

  1. The student must be a member of NEHS in good standing of an active chapter.
  2. The student must be a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2017.
  3. The applicant must present evidence of academic achievement in English studies as well as significant involvement in NEHS activities.
  4. Applicant narrative essay and school official letters must be received by the deadline posted.
  5. Applicants must have unique circumstances that qualify consideration for a need-based scholarship, i.e., eligible for free or reduced lunch programs, family circumstances, or other mitigating factors that present financial barriers to higher education.

Evaluation of Applications

  1. The Central Office will verify the active membership of the student(s) and chapter(s).
  2. The Advisory Council members will review all applications and rank them based on the information received.
  3. The winner(s) of the scholarships will receive a check for $1,000 to be applied toward college or university expenses.

Three Application Documents

1. Student Narrative Essay

An applicant-written narrative submitted to NEHS outlining the academic accomplishments and goals the writer has achieved and the goals she/he seeks to achieve in the future. The essay should discuss the passion with which the student engages in English studies and how that passion will be nurtured in the future. This award is competitive, so the narrative should clearly outline the specific situation(s) that qualify the applicant for a scholarship based on need. Highest consideration will be given to those submitting narratives that reflect creativity, sincerity, and clear delineation of need. Include specific information about higher education plans, i.e., college/university enrollment, assumed major area of study, career goals, etc. Outstanding writing skills should also be reflected; poorly written narratives may disqualify the applicant.

2. Student Counselor Verification Letter

A letter on school stationery from the student’s school counselor or other school official verifying the needs-based status of the applicant must be submitted with all other documents. It is not necessary to send personal details from a FAFSA; rather, the school official must confirm in writing the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch programs or other assistance, the family circumstances that currently limit financial resources, and/or other unique situations meriting consideration for this scholarship. The letter should go beyond factual information and should include the writer’s impressions of the student’s character and motivation; anecdotal examples of the student’s engagement in academics and NEHS are encouraged.

3. NEHS Chapter Advisor Recommendation Letter

A letter on school stationery from the NEHS Chapter Advisor detailing the applicant’s academic success in English studies, how the student has been a positive participant in NEHS, and how she/he has risen above challenging circumstances must also be submitted.

Deadline for Submission

All elements of the application requirements must be attached to one email as three seperate attachments and addressed to dwendelin@niu.edu. Deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m., CDT (Central Daylight Time), March 13, 2017.

Notification

Notifications will be emailed to recipients on April 7.