SAAM Advisor Scholarship

NEHS is working with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to provide opportunities for Chapter Advisors to enrich their teaching practice by taking part in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art, a focused exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. The Summer Institute aims to improve the quality of lesson planning and lesson execution within high school English Language Arts classrooms by using American art to make interdisciplinary connections, foster critical thinking skills, and develop visual literacy among students.


NEHS will provide one scholarship of up to $1,500 and the Smithsonian Institute will provide one scholarship of up to $1,500 to the two best NEHS Chapter Advisor applications received. The course registration fees will be waived for scholarship winners.

Distribution of scholarship funds: Scholarship recipients will receive their funds following completion of the Summer Institute at SAAM.


Application Requirements

  1. Applicants must submit a competitive application directly to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Summer Institute: Teaching the Humanities Through Art. All applications must be submitted via the SAAM website before April 1, 2024. Please indicate in the drop-down box in the application that the applicant is an NEHS Chapter Advisor.

  2. By applying, awarded scholarship recipients agree they are willing to provide a written report and photos detailing the impact the Summer Institute and scholarship had on them, which can be used by both NEHS and SAAM to promote this and other scholarships in future years should they win.

Apply for the Summer Institute at SAAM

Evaluation Process

  1. All applications will be evaluated by the NEHS Advisory Council and SAAM Summer Institute representatives.
  2. The two best applications will be selected for scholarships using the SAAM rubric.