NEHS Scholarship Guidelines

NEHS uses the AwardSpring platform for the application process. Please use the AwardSpring link on the AwardSpring Applications web page to apply for scholarships and submit the required application materials, including the requested recommendation and the student counselor verification letters.

  1. Access NEHS AwardSpring to complete your application.
  2. Complete all general questions, including two questions based on your NEHS Chapter experiences.
  3. Under the specific scholarship application questions you will be prompted to upload your essay based on the Common Reader. (maximum of 850 words).

Essay Attachment Instructions

  • Select one of the prompts suggested for the book as the basis of your essay. The essay should reflect an understanding of the text, meet the requirements of the prompt, and must be the independent work of the writer. Evidence of plagiarism will disqualify any applicant.
  • The audience reading your essay will know the novel; while you are expected to reference and quote from the text, a retelling of the story in a traditional "book report format" will disqualify the essay from consideration.
  • Essays must follow the Modern Language Association style guidelines as defined in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (latest edition).
  • Quotations and references to the novel are expected, with appropriate documentation.
  • If only the text being discussed is referenced in the essay, use internal documentation, citing the title and author; subsequent page references should be parenthetical. If other research is done and cited, then a Works Cited page should be included with the submitted essay. MLA format guidelines should be utilized.
  • Use 12 point Times Roman or Times New Roman font, and double space your essay.
  • Total word count should not exceed 850 words, including quotations and references.
  • Do not place your name, school name, or NEHS charter name on your essay pages. Save your word document as a doc or docx and label it as: prompt1, prompt2, prompt3, prompt4, prompt5

Tips to Create a Winning Application

  • Revise and edit your essay before submitting.
  • Follow the specific instructions for online submission carefully.
  • Don't wait until the last minute! Applications and essays must be submitted by January 11, 2021, 11:59 p.m., CST.
  • Proofread all parts of your application, including your essay, thoroughly. You are, after all, applying for an "English" scholarship!
  • Write an essay that reflects your best work, is marked by your personal voice, and is a reflection of your understanding, critical analysis, and appreciation of the text. DO NOT SUBMIT A BOOK REPORT: the readers of the essay know The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead well, so a retelling of the text will result in a disqualification of the essay.

Suggested Timeline

  • October 2020
    Finish reading the Common Reader for the first time and begin to reread
  • November 2020
    Study recommended prompts provided and begin to formulate responses to at least two
  • End of November 2020
    Finalize the selection of the prompt to be used and begin a rough draft of the essay
  • Early December
    Visit the Award Spring website, create your account, and login begin completing the application, including “short-response essays.”
  • Prior to end of first semester
    If applying for supplemental funding based on income or family circumstance, select and notify the individuals who will write supporting documents. In AwardSpring you enter the names of your recommenders who will receive an email request and a link to upload their letters.
  • January 2, 2021
    Return to your rough draft of the essay and rewrite, paying careful attention to the prompt expectations and the use of the text to support the analysis.
  • January 4, 2021
    Remind individuals supporting the request for financial stipend to submit their letters. Their letters must be uploaded by Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
  • January 11, 2021
    Last day to submit all required application components.

Deadline

Deadline for the scholarship application is January 11, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CST.

Questions

Please address any questions to nehsapply@niu.edu.