Merit Scholarships

Annually, NEHS offers a variety of scholarships valued at up to $5,000 for high school seniors planning on enrolling full time in two-year and four-year colleges. Because these scholarship opportunities are offered exclusively to NEHS members, those members who take the time to submit a carefully put-together application obviously have a significantly increased chance of receiving an award.

Application Process and Deadline

NEHS uses the online AwardSpring platform for the application process. The submission link will be open until January 14, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST.

The Common Readers for the 2018-2019 school year and the texts that will be the basis for scholarship essays will be The Samurai's Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama and Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng. 

Graduating seniors of the National English Honor Society (NEHS) who hold membership in active chapters may now apply for a one-year, non-renewing scholarship in one of the following two categories:

 

CATEGORY 1: Four-year College or University Scholarships

 

William C. Johnson Scholarship

Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $5,000

Description: This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. William C. Johnson, Executive Director of Sigma Tau Delta, in recognition of his dedication to the founding of National English Honor Society.

 

National English Honor Society Director's Scholarship

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

Description: This scholarship is awarded by the NEHS Director to the student presenting an essay judged to be in second place.

 

National English Honor Society Advisory Council Scholarships

Number of Awards: 2
Amount of Each Award: $3,000

Description: These scholarships are awarded by the NEHS Advisory Council to the students presenting the best essays that are judged to be in third and fourth place.

 

National English Honor Society Distinguished Scholarships

Number of Awards: 3
Amount of Each Award: $2,000

Description: These scholarships are awarded to the students whose essays are distinguished and in the top tier of all submissions, but are not at the highest levels.

 

Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships

Number of Awards: 6
Amount of Each Award: $1,500

Description: These scholarships are funded by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society for four-year colleges and universities, which is the sponsoring organization for NEHS.

 

NEHS Exemplary Scholarships

Number of Awards: 4
Amount of Each Award: $1,500

Description: These scholarships are funded by the National English Honor Society and are awarded to students whose essays are excellent but that do not score in the upper range of writing.

 

NEHS Honor Scholarships

Number of Awards: 2
Amount of Each Award: $1,000

Description: These scholarships are also funded by the National English Honor Society and are awarded to students whose essays are well-crafted but not superior.

 

Honorable Mention

Number of Awards: Varies
Amount of Award: Total up to $1,000

Description: These awards will be given to those students participating in the scholarship process whose essays merit recognition even though the writing does not rise to the finalist category. The award amounts will vary based on the recommendations of the NEHS Advisory Council.

 

CATEGORY 2: Two-year Community College Scholarship

 

Sigma Kappa Delta Scholarship

Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $500

Description: One $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to attend a community college and is provided by Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), the two-year college English honor society.