- First Prize – $ 5,000
- Second Prize – $ 2,500
- Third Prize – $ 1,500
- Two Honorable Mentions – $ 500 Each
- Registered undergraduate full-time Juniors or Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States during the Fall 2017 Semester.
2018 Essay Topic:
Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself. Note that the most engaging essays often reflect deeply on a particularly meaningful experience or episode in one’s life. That approach could focus ethical reflection on:
- A personal issue
A family matter
A travel incident
An academic inquiry
A dilemma in literature or film
A recent article or editorial in a major newspaper
A current conflict in American life
An international crisis
Write about any specific topic you wish, provided it explores an ethical problem, question, issue, or concern.
Open to 12th grade students as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Must submit an essay on one of the topics that can be found on the website. Please see the website for submission details.
$1,000 scholarship opportunity!
- 11th and 12th grade full time students, ages 16-18 if homeschooled
- US resident
- Write an essay answering one of the contest questions about “The Tempest”
- Essay must be submitted through an English teacher to prove validity
See website for all the details!
- Must reside in the US and be a US citizen
- Must be at least 21 year of age and no older than 31 years of age as of 4/30/17
- Must submit through the website
- 250 word introduction to your work (no more than 1 page)
- Ten pages of poems
Please see the website for details and to apply
Eligibility: Applicants must be seeking college or university degrees and be enrolled as juniors, seniors or graduate students during the summer and/or fall term in 2017. Scholarships are awarded without regard to the student’s major or field of academic concentration. Previous scholarship winners are not eligible. Students in countries other than the United States may apply as well. Applicants should have a commitment to a career in the editing of written materials and demonstrate effectiveness in doing so.
A resume, references and an essay are required. Applicants also have to write a one line summary or headline for news stories provided. Please see the website for full details.
In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.
All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.
The contest deadline is January 4, 2018.
Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.
The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.
- The contest deadline is January 4, 2018.
- Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
- Essays must be the original work of the student.
- John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.
- Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Topic and Information and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.
- Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.
- Essays about the senators in Profiles in Courage will be disqualified.
- Essays must have a minimum of five sources.
- Essays with fewer than five listed sources will be disqualified.
- All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We can not accept citations in footnote form.
- Essays must include a bibliography. Accepted formats include APA, MLA, or Turabian. You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to Guidelines for Citations and Bibliographies.
- Students have the choice of either submitting their essay online (preferred) or of mailing their essay. All students must complete and submit a registration form online for student and school information. For instructions on how to submit your essay, see Registration and Submission.
- Mailed in essays for the 2018 contest must have been postmarked by January 4, 2018.
- All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to read students’ essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school, will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
- Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.
NEHS wishes to support students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance in English studies, NEHS members who have been active participants in National English Honor Society, and who qualify for a need-based award due to income and/or family circumstance.
These awards are competitive in nature; members of the Advisory Council of NEHS will evaluate applications.
Number of Awards: Varies
Amount of Each Award: Varies
Total Amount Available: $10,000
- The student must be a member of NEHS in good standing of an active chapter.
- The student must be a high school senior graduating in the spring of 2018.
- The applicant must present evidence of academic achievement in English studies as well as significant involvement in NEHS activities.
- Applicant narrative essay and school official letters must be received by the deadline posted.
- Applicants must have unique circumstances that qualify consideration for a need-based scholarship, i.e., eligible for free or reduced lunch programs, family circumstances, or other mitigating factors that present financial barriers to higher education.
Evaluation of Applications
- The Central Office will verify the active membership of the student(s) and chapter(s).
- The Advisory Council members will review all applications and rank them based on the information received.
- The winner(s) of the scholarships will receive a check for $1,000 to be applied toward college or university expenses.
Three Application Documents
1. Student Narrative Essay
An applicant-written narrative submitted to NEHS outlining the academic accomplishments and goals the writer has achieved and the goals she/he seeks to achieve in the future. The essay should discuss the passion with which the student engages in English studies and how that passion will be nurtured in the future. This award is competitive, so the narrative should clearly outline the specific situation(s) that qualify the applicant for a scholarship based on need. Highest consideration will be given to those submitting narratives that reflect creativity, sincerity, and clear delineation of need. Include specific information about higher education plans, i.e., college/university enrollment, assumed major area of study, career goals, etc. Outstanding writing skills should also be reflected; poorly written narratives may disqualify the applicant.
2. Student Counselor Verification Letter
A letter on school stationery from the student’s school counselor or other school official verifying the needs-based status of the applicant must be submitted with all other documents. It is not necessary to send personal details from a FAFSA; rather, the school official must confirm in writing the student qualifies for free/reduced lunch programs or other assistance, the family circumstances that currently limit financial resources, and/or other unique situations meriting consideration for this scholarship. The letter should go beyond factual information and should include the writer’s impressions of the student’s character and motivation; anecdotal examples of the student’s engagement in academics and NEHS are encouraged.
3. NEHS Chapter Advisor Recommendation Letter
A letter on school stationery from the NEHS Chapter Advisor detailing the applicant’s academic success in English studies, how the student has been a positive participant in NEHS, and how she/he has risen above challenging circumstances must also be submitted.
Deadline for Submission
All elements of the application requirements must be attached to one email as three separate attachments and addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is January 16, 2018.
The submission period is December 8, 2017 to January 16, 2018.
Category 1: Four-year College or University Scholarships
William C. Johnson Scholarship
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $5,000
Description: This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. William C. Johnson, Executive Director of Sigma Tau Delta, in recognition of his dedication to the founding of National English Honor Society.
National English Honor Society Director’s Scholarship
Number of Awards: 1
Amount of Award: $4,000
Description: This scholarship is awarded by the NEHS Director to the student presenting an essay judged to be in second place.
National English Honor Society Advisory Council Scholarships
Number of Awards: 2
Amount of Each Award: $3,000
Description: These scholarships are awarded by the NEHS Advisory Council to the students presenting the best essays that are judged to be in third and fourth place.
National English Honor Society Distinguished Scholarships
Number of Awards: 3
Amount of Each Award: $2,000
Description: These scholarships are awarded to the students whose essays are distinguished and in the top tier of all submissions, but are not at the highest levels.
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships
Number of Awards: 6
Amount of Each Award: $1,500
Description: These scholarships are funded by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society for four-year colleges and universities, which is the sponsoring organization for NEHS.
NEHS Exemplary Scholarships
Number of Awards: 4
Amount of Each Award: $1,500
Description: These scholarships are funded by the National English Honor Society and are awarded to students whose essays are excellent but that do not score in the upper range of writing.
NEHS Honor Scholarships
Number of Awards: 2
Amount of Each Award: $1,000
Description: These scholarships are also funded by the National English Honor Society and are awarded to students whose essays are well-crafted but not superior.
Number of Awards: Varies
Amount of Award: Total up to $1,000
Description: These awards will be given to those students participating in the scholarship process whose essays merit recognition even though the writing does not rise to the finalist category. The award amounts will vary based on the recommendations of the NEHS Advisory Council.
Each year, the We the Students Essay Contest gives high-school students in grades 8-12 from across the U.S. a chance to share your perspective on a trending topic.
This year, we’re asking you to consider what role the government should play in monitoring internet content and awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes.
- 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
- Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
- Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each
Scholarships are offered to high school seniors, but may be given to an undergraduate student on a case-by-case basis.
We are now accepting applications for our 2018 scholarship cycle.
Applicants will be are required to provide:
– A FAFSA form
– High School Transcript
– Essay responses:
1) A personal statement that touches on: (a) your background in magic, the role magic has had in your life, and why you would be a good recipient; and (b) your future academic and career goals.
2) What is your favorite magic card or mechanic and why?
3) What is your least favorite magic card or mechanic and why?
4) What lessons can we learn from Magic to help us solve real world problems?
Please note, the FAFSA form is not optional. We take need into account and we can not evaluate need without a proper FAFSA form.
1.) Create an account using your email address
2.) Check your email to confirm your account & create a password
3.) Look for the “Your 2018 Application” tab
4.) Complete your application and submit it
Note that you can save your application and come back later to work on it by logging back into the site.