The essay prompts for the competitive Merit Scholarships have been posted on the NEHS website. Applicants must decide which of the two Common Readers will be the basis for their essays; two prompts for each of the texts, Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng and The Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama, are provided. In addition, two generic prompts, applicable to either novel, are also available for selection; further, an open-ended prompt that allows students to craft their own thesis for their writing is included. Applicants will be required to identify which text and which prompt were selected.
Collegiate Scholarships, based on financial need, are also available to qualified students. Applications require a narrative written by the NEHS member detailing the circumstances that have caused the financial hardship as well as a letter of recommendation from the NEHS Advisor as well as a letter of verification of financial status provided by a school counselor or other administrator.
Applications for both the Merit or Collegiate Scholarships may be submitted through the Award Spring system between December 10, 2018 and January 14, 2019.