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Winter Award Cycle

In its winter awards cycle, NEHS is offering a range of opportunities for both student members and Chapter Advisors to participate and gain recognition for their creative and critical work. Applications for all awards listed below open on December 11, 2023, and close on January 8, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CST. The NEHS Advisory Council looks forward to reviewing your submissions!

NEHS Scholarships 2023-2024

NEHS offers one-year, non-renewing scholarships to graduating NEHS seniors planning to study any subject at a two-year or four-year college/university anywhere in the world. All applicants for NEHS Scholarships are required to read the Common Reader, Kayte Nunn’s The Botanist’s Daughter, and submit an original essay based on one of the prompts provided by the Advisory Council on the NEHS website.

NEHS supports student members who demonstrate outstanding academic performance in English studies and who have been active participants in National English Honor Society, but who may need additional support due to financial or family circumstances. Scholarship applicants who qualify for supplemental funding should submit additional documentation to the Advisory Council. Find out more about our supplemental funding program.

Winter Creative Challenge (Script Writing)

This winter’s Creative Challenge will focus on William Shakespeare‘s The Tempest. Applicants should consider the wider themes and motifs discussed in their chosen scene and focus on updating it to their particular local geographic and cultural context.

Applicants should read The Tempest to gain some overall context of the play. Students should re-write one of these scenes listed on the Winter Creative Challenge webpage, bringing it up-to-date and making specific reference to the student’s local cultural and geographic context.

Winter Chapter Spotlight

NEHS encourages chapters to participate in the winter Chapter Spotlight opportunity, sharing outstanding literacy work being done at the chapter level.

The NEHS Advisory Council will select the best of the submissions as “spotlight” chapters that will be recognized through NEHS social media outlets and the NEHS Museletter blog; selected chapters will receive a $50 award and a certificate.

Take a look at some previous examples of successful Chapter Spotlight submissions, learn more about the Chapter Spotlight program, and find out what you need to do to apply.

John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Awards

The John L. Manear Outstanding Advisor Awards are given in remembrance of the contributions John made to the National English Honor Society. They are presented annually to Advisors who have given generously of time, talent, creativity, and leadership to an NEHS chapter. The awards recognize Advisors who foster the spirit of academic excellence and community service in their work with chapter members.

Learn more and apply online.

NCTE-NEHS Award for English Language Arts Innovation

The NCTE-NEHS Award for English Language Arts Innovation provides opportunities for dedicated teachers to be rewarded for the innovations they are making in high school English Language Arts education around the world. The award will generate a bank of high-quality innovative lesson plans and teacher resources, which can be accessed freely by all members of the NEHS and NCTE communities with the aim of improving the quality of lesson planning and lesson execution within high school English Language Arts classrooms.

Find out more and submit your lesson plans and classroom resources for consideration today.

NIU-NEHS Scholarships

NEHS is working closely with Northern Illinois University (NIU) to provide opportunities for graduating NEHS student members to study at the university’s DeKalb, IL, campus. The NIU-NEHS William C. Johnson Scholarship provides not only recognition but also financial support to NEHS student members demonstrating both outstanding academic achievement and active participation in NEHS chapter activities.

This application is not part of the NEHS Winter Awards Cycle; however, applications are currently open through January 31 on the NIU My Scholarships platform. Learn more about the NIU-NEHS Scholarship and apply online.

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