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Changes to NEHS Scholarship Process

Applications for NEHS Scholarships to be awarded to seniors graduating in 2025 will begin earlier than normal. Each of the chosen Common Reader texts will have its own dedicated award cycle, allowing student members to write and submit two essays (optional) to the competition.

Submissions related to Jesmyn Ward‘s Sing, Unburied, Sing will take place during the Fall Awards Cycle (October), while essays on Kazuo Ishiguro‘s Klara and the Sun will be submitted during the Winter Awards Cycle (December/January). Submissions in both award cycles must be made through the NEHS AwardSpring platform.

This change reflects the NEHS Advisory Council’s wish to ensure that students have more flexibility in choosing the text they want to write about and when they submit their work. Students who choose to submit two essays (one in each of the two award cycles) will contend for an NEHS Scholarship with their highest scoring essay.

Essay questions for Sing, Unburied, Sing will be made available in mid-August and questions for Klara and the Sun will be made available in early November.

If you have any questions about the changes noted above, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Christopher Lockwood, NEHS Director via email.

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