Changes to NEHS Scholarships

NEHS ScholarshipsDear NEHS Advisors, Students, Parents/Guardians, and Colleagues,

We send greetings to you from the Central Office of National English Honor Society. As the semester winds to a close, we want to thank you for your leadership, membership, and interest in NEHS. The growth of our organization continues to amaze everyone; proudly, we now stand at 1,043 chartered chapters! With growth, however, comes the need to accommodate for the sheer volume of members we have. The needed changes include new submission requirements for the scholarship processes.

As the scholarship application window opens for NEHS seniors, we want to alert you to changes in the process of submission for both the Merit Scholarships and the Need-Based Scholarships. Because this new process will require candidates to respond to additional questions, giving reviewers further information about each candidate, it is important for all of you to become aware of the changes; in the past, many candidates have uploaded their essays at the last moment. Procrastinating to the end of the scholarship “window” will prove problematic this year.

Applications for both categories of scholarships will utilize the AwardSpring submission system. Directions have been added to the scholarship pages on our website,, for reference. Candidates should follow the step-by-step procedures as they complete the requirements and ultimately upload all materials by the deadline of January 16, 2018, at 12:00 noon, CST.

Merit Scholarships

Candidates for Merit Scholarships must respond to one of the essay prompts provided for the Common Reader, On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry. In addition, the candidates will find three other short answer questions within the AwardSpring system that must be answered before the scholarship process is complete. These additional questions will help reviewers gain insight into the candidates; responses will be evaluated and points will be awarded for each as part of the scoring process.

Need-Based Scholarships

Candidates for Need-Based Scholarships must submit narrative essays outlining their unique circumstances leading to the need for financial assistance. Students should read the content requirements for the narrative carefully to ensure the writing includes all details as outlined. Candidates will be evaluated on the quality of writing as well as content. Additionally, a letter of recommendation from the NEHS Chapter Advisor must be uploaded along with a letter of confirmation from a school official confirming the need-based status of the applicant. Each of the letters will be reviewed and points will be awarded as part of the evaluation process. Incomplete scholarship packets will not be evaluated. Candidates for this category of scholarship will also respond to the same three questions as the Merit Scholarship candidates; however, points will not be awarded to these responses in the initial phases of review. Rather, the NEHS Advisory Council will take these responses into consideration before final decisions are made about awards.

Please direct any questions concerning these new procedures to

Dave WendelinDave Wendelin
NEHS Director

Congratulations Scholarship Winners (Part 3)

Scholarship RecipientsPlease join us in congratulating the 2016-2017 National English Honor Society (NEHS) Scholarship Recipients. Read on to learn more about this year’s winners of Stipends and NEHS Scholarships.

HJohnsonHaley Johnson
NEHS Scholarship Recipient
Final Chapter
Pompano Beach High School, Pompano Beach, FL

Haley was a four-year member of Lents Dance Company. She received honors as the Top Analysis of Function student as a junior and was the recipient of the “Outstanding Dancer scholarship” from the New York City Dance Alliance two years in a row. At Pompano Beach High School in Pompano Beach, FL, Haley was the President of the National English Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and the Dance Club, and served as the project head for an Annual Book Drive that collected 5,216 books for Pompano Beach Elementary School. Haley ranked 55 in a class of 264 and documented 332 community service hours. Haley is now attending The Relativity School as a Commercial Dance major.

CBillenCamryn Billen
NEHS Scholarship Recipient
Cardinal Chapter
Chippewa Falls Senior High School, Chippewa Falls, WI

Camryn Billen was a senior at Chippewa Falls Senior High School in Chippewa Falls, WI. She is attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a double major in English and theater. Her ultimate goal is to be a high school English teacher. She lives with her mom, her brother, her younger sister, and their cat. In her spare time, she works as a waitress. Last year, she was a co-leader of NEHS and ran her chapter’s social media page.

RGuerraRicardo Guerra
NEHS Scholarship Recipient
Thorondor Chapter
Cypress Falls High School, Houston, TX

Ricardo Guerra graduated from Cypress Falls High School in Houston, TX. He is very passionate about making a positive impact on those around him. He loves working with children and making a difference in their lives. He has always enjoyed expressing himself in literature and English. He likes to help others as often and as efficiently as he can; this includes helping others with personal issues they may be experiencing. Making a positive influence on others has always fascinated and inspired him. This has driven him to become a social worker. He also enjoys spending time with those who may not have much of a social life anymore, such as the elderly. He has a passion for helping others in times when they are in need, in multiple circumstances with a variety of different kinds of people. He aspires to help others in ways that will stay with them forever. It is his passion and it is what he wants to do for his career as an adult.

SGrimaldiStella Grimaldi
NEHS Scholarship Recipient
Brookwood High School Chapter
Brookwood High School, Snellville, GA

Stella Grimaldi was a senior at Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA. She is from the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, but her new home is the University of Southern California, a measly 2,174 miles away. In college, she plans to double major with a BA in Theatre and a BA in either Philosophy, Politics, and Law or in Journalism, all while on the Pre-Law track of study. She is proud to say she will also be a part of USC’s QuestBridge chapter. When she’s not on stage or studying, she spends time with her phenomenal family, runs cross country, pretends that she can dance, play the viola, and sings noticeably more than she talks. Without a shadow of a doubt, English has had a revolutionary impact on her life and has motivated her to develop the intellectual vitality and the human empathy that is so applicable to everything she does. This being the case, she can’t exaggerate how elated she is to have been granted an NEHS Scholarship!

AFrisonAllison Frison
Stipend Recipient ($200)
Innisfree Chapter
St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Allison Frison was a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She has been passionate about writing since a young age, when she penned picture books about magical upside down worlds, to now, as she writes for her school newspaper, the Raider Review. She briefly worked for Teenlink, a teen newspaper affiliated with the Sun Sentinel. She hopes to pursue her interest in writing and literature at Williams College, where she was an early admission. Additionally, she will play varsity volleyball at the collegiate level. She hopes to combine her love of the sport and her enthusiasm for writing and graduate with a degree in English.

CStonickCheyenne Stonick
Stipend Recipient ($200)
Lakeland Christian School Chapter of the NEHS Chapter
Lakeland Christian School, Lakeland, FL

Cheyenne Stonick was a senior at Lakeland Christian School in Lakeland, FL. She is now a freshman at the University of Florida. She is overwhelmed and thrilled by the array of academic paths available there—although she is uncertain of her specific area of study, she finds that her interests span from Political Science to English and from Spanish to Astronomy.

JAguiarJonathan Aguiar
Stipend Recipient ($200)
Fred Panzer Chapter
Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL

Jonathan Aguiar graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL. Throughout the college admission process, he was accepted to various schools including Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Northwestern University. Ultimately, he is proud to say he chose Northwestern University. He also is part of their Honors Program in Medical Education. Upon successful completion of his undergraduate degree, he will matriculate into Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Until then, he plans to study Chemistry and Political Science in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. He looks forward to the years ahead as he knows it will be a rewarding experience.

EColemanEmma Coleman
Stipend Recipient ($200)
Hereford High National English Honor Society Chapter
Hereford High School, Parkton, MD

Emma Coleman was a member of the Class of 2017 at Hereford High School in Parkton, MD. She was inducted into the National English Honor Society in the spring of 2015 and served as President of the Hereford High chapter her senior year. She led the publication of the school newspaper, the Hereford Harbinger, as Editor-in-Chief, and participated in the publication of the school literary magazine, Brillig, as a staff member. She is attending Washington and Lee University to study Journalism.

Congratulations Scholarship Winners (Part 2)

Scholarship WinnersPlease join us in congratulating the 2016-2017 National English Honor Society (NEHS) Scholarship Recipients. Read on to learn more about this year’s winners of the Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships, NEHS Exemplary Scholarships, and NEHS Honor Scholarship.

DReedDiana Reed
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Mount de Sales Academy Chapter
Mount de Sales Academy, Catonsville, MD

Diana Reed was a senior at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, MD. Her two greatest loves are English and music, both of which she pursued during her high school career. This fall, she is attending Towson University, where she plans to study English Literature and Creative Writing. After college, she hopes to become a librarian and work with teenagers to help them foster a love for reading and literature.

RWaletRachel Walet
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Marcella Chapter
Marian High School, Omaha, NE

Rachel Walet, a senior at Marian High School in Omaha, NE, plans to study at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where she will major in Political Science/Public Policy and Spanish.

ISandersIsabella Sanders
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Epsilon Chi Sigma Chapter
Elmore County High School, Eclectic, AL

Isabella Sanders attended Elmore County High School in Eclectic, AL. Growing up in a small town has afforded Isabella many opportunities. She goes to school, attends church, and works with the same people. While some might feel constrained, she has found the opposite to be true. These people have come to know Isabella better than she knows herself; for example, they know her personality, her hopes, her dreams, and her academic pursuits. They have fed her thirst for knowledge and continue to encourage her. Therefore, when she expressed a desire to pursue a career in ministry, they supported her so that she might follow her passions. Isabella will attend the University of Mobile to pursue a BA in Theology in Church Ministry with a double minor in music and political science. She intends to acquire a Master’s Degree in Theology as well as a Doctorate in Divinity.

YZhengYuki Zheng
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Atoms Chapter
Annandale High School in Annandale, VA 

Yuki Zheng recently graduated from Annandale High School in Annandale, VA. She is committed to study at the University of Virginia with plans to double major in business and psychology as well as pursuing a minor in history. She is incredibly honored to have won this scholarship and is eager to enter college and see what the future has in store for her!

HsoHannah So
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Peachtree Ridge High School Chapter
Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA

Ever since she was young, Hannah So has been entranced by stories of all types. Her favorite mediums for storytelling are film, theatre, and literature. She is a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA, and plans to pursue her love for English in college. Outside of the realm of storytelling, some of Hannah’s other hobbies include tennis, baking, and musical theatre.

XCartlandXochi Cartland
NEHS Exemplary Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Age quod agis Chapter
Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD

Xochi Cartland recently graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD.  Growing up, her best friends were books; she was that shy, nerdy kid who was always called out in class for reading under the desk. She is still an avid reader, with her favorite books being Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer and I’ll Give You the Sun by Judy Nelson. She believes that books have something magical in them, that they give us an ability to empathize and step outside ourselves unlike anything else. In addition to reading novels, she also loves poetry; some of her favorite poets are Margaret Atwood, Richard Siken, and Denice Frohman. In school one of her favorite subjects was English, along with History and Anatomy and Physiology. Xochi will be attending Brown University as an undergraduate in Liberal Medical Education. This combined baccalaureate-MD program guarantees a spot for her at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, so she can continue to pursue her interests in the humanities while working toward becoming a doctor.

KGienappKatie Gienapp
NEHS Exemplary Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Cardinal Chapter
Chippewa Falls Senior High School, WI

Katie Gienapp is a senior at Chippewa Falls Senior High School, WI. The daughter of a retired Air Force pilot, she has lived all over the world, but has quickly found her home in the Midwest. She currently resides in Wisconsin with her parents, Brian and Lisa; her brother, Joshua; and her golden retriever, Buddy. Katie plans to attend the University of Iowa, hoping to develop her writing skills through a double major in English & Creative Writing and Journalism & Mass Communications. She would like to thank the National English Honor Society for this scholarship, her teachers for their tireless dedication, her family and friends for their unending support, and her God for His love.

KUnderwoodKayley Underwood
NEHS Exemplary Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Mrs. Betty S. Bates Chapter
Harding Academy of Memphis, Memphis, TN

Kayley Underwood lives in Hernando, MS, and has attended Harding Academy of Memphis in Memphis, TN, since kindergarten. Outside of school, she enjoys pitching for her softball team as well as going on mission trips with her youth group. She regularly volunteers at her school through various organizations, and after school helping children with special needs. Kayley graduated as valedictorian of her senior class with plans to attend Harding University. She is interested in English and hopes to become a writer one day.

MPriceMegan Price
NEHS Exemplary Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
PORTA English Honor Society Chapter
PORTA High School, Petersburg, IL

Megan Price was involved in many school organizations at PORTA High School in Petersburg, IL, such as National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Key Club, History Club, Band, Varsity Basketball, and Student Government. She won the NEHS Intellectual Freedom Essay Contest in 2015-2016. She plans to attend Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, to play on the women’s basketball team and study biochemistry on a Pre-Medicine track. After her schooling, she hopes to become a forensic pathologist.

IKriegerIsabelle Krieger
NEHS Exemplary Scholarship Recipient ($1,500)
Emily Dickinson English Honor Society Chapter
Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, VA

Isabelle Krieger attended Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, VA. Her passion in English stems from being an avid reader since childhood, as well as being inspired by the metamorphic effect symbols on a page can have on a person’s life, including that of her own. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys playing clarinet and consuming vast amounts of chocolate (preferably with friends and family). She plans to attend the University of Virginia to major in French and biology and currently has her sights set on becoming a pathologist.

VPrietoVictor Prieto
NEHS Honor Scholarship Recipient ($1,000)
Fred Panzer Chapter
Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL 

Victor Prieto was a senior at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL. He is attending the University of Florida to pursue a Telecommunications major from the College of Journalism and Communications. His hope is to become a sports broadcaster. During his high school years, he participated in his school’s broadcasting/journalism club, CCNN Live, where he produced, filmed, and edited feature stories. He was also the sportscaster of CCNN Live’s award winning daily morning news show and the play-by-play announcer on his school’s live broadcasts of their sporting events. Victor was a member of the National Honor Society and won multiple awards at the state and national level, including three Suncoast Emmy awards and the Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship awarded by the National Academy of Television, Arts, and Sciences. Victor is the youngest of three and lives with his parents in Miami, FL.

CBrysaczCaroline Brysacz
NEHS Honor Scholarship Recipient ($1,000)
Charles Dickens Chapter
Saint Mary’s Hall, San Antonio, TX

Caroline Brysacz graduated from Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, TX, and is now a student at the University of Alabama, where she will be studying chemical engineering and participating in the University Fellows program as well as the Computer-Based Honors Program. In addition to her selection as an NEHS Honor Scholarship recipient, Caroline was a 2016 Crafton Award winner in the NEHS Intellectual Freedom Essay Challenge.