Upcoming Dates

November 17
Project Grant applications due

December 8
Scholarship applications open

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Welcome New Chapters

Cathedral Catholic High School
Chapter: Chi Sigma Epsilon
San Diego, CA

Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The American School of Lima
Chapter: Condor's NEHS
Lima, Peru

Colonial Heights High School
Chapter: Colonial Heights National English Honor Society
Colonial Heights, VA

Destrehan High School
Chapter: Write on the Mississippi
Destrehan, LA

Eastlake High School
Chapter: Harper Lee
Sammamish, WA

Mantachie High School
Chapter: Epsilon Nu Gamma
Mantachie, MS

Parish Episcopal School
Chapter: Thomas David Patton
Dallas, TX

Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy
Chapter: Patrick F. Taylor's English Honor Society
Avondale, LA

Southwest Christian School
Chapter: Eagles of the Round Table
Fort Worth, TX

Spring Valley High School
Chapter: Society of Odin
Columbia, SC

Weddington High School
Chapter: Weddington High School
Matthews, NC

Banned Books Contest Winner

Congratulations to Sandra Lynn Dragovich, member of the Batavia High School Chapter at Batavia High School (IL). She has received a $25 Amazon.com gift certificate for her Facebook post about Lord of the Flies.

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In This Issue

  1. Scholarships and the Common Reader
  2. Call for Scholarship Essay Evaluators
  3. Outstanding Chapter Award for 2016-2017
  4. Advisor Grants
  5. Project Grants

October has fled, taking with it the last of homecoming games and dances, the conclusion of first quarter projects, and Halloween. November dawns and with it the anticipation of shorter days and cooler nights; schools hum with well-established routines and a quickening pace as the end of the semester looms—too soon for some, not soon enough for others.

Author reflections on November:

From J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix—"October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces."
From Henry Rollins, "Empowerment Through Libraries," November 2013, LA Weekly—"I have come to regard November as the older, harder man's October. I appreciate the early darkness and the cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer's death as winter tightens its grip."

This issue of the newsletter will focus on NEHS Scholarship deadlines; a call for scholarship evaluators; the awarding of the Outstanding Chapter Award; and information about both Advisor Grants and Project Grants for 2018.

Scholarships and the Common Reader

Awards are available to senior members of NEHS in two scholarship categories. Competitive awards are available for those members from active chapters who submit essays written on this year's Common Reader for 2017-2018, On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry. Students wishing to compete for those awards must read the Common Reader and submit an essay based on NEHS-provided prompts. The submission period for the essays will be from December 8, 2017 through January 16, 2018, at 12:00 noon, Central Standard Time (CST).

View: Merit Scholarship Overview
View: Essay Prompts

Need-Based Scholarships, which increased in amount this year to a total of $10,000, are competitive awards for seniors who demonstrate outstanding academic performance in English studies, are members who have been active participants in NEHS, and who qualify for a need-based award due to income and/or family circumstance. These awards are competitive in nature; members of the NEHS Advisory Council will evaluate applications. The deadline for receipt of all materials associated with these scholarships is 12:00 noon, CST, January 16, 2018.

View: Need-Based Scholarship Qualifications and Required Submissions

Call for Scholarship Essay Evaluators

NEHS Chapter Advisors interested in being readers for the scholarship evaluation process are encouraged to send a note of interest to Dave Wendelin, NEHS Director by November 30. With the growth of NEHS, we now need to have a larger pool of readers for the scholarship essays. Details about the process and the commitment, including the necessary timeline, may be found on the Prospective NEHS Scholarship Evaluator Overview. Essays will be distributed electronically to selected readers in mid-January, 2018. Contact the Director if questions arise after reading the requirements for participation.

Outstanding Chapter Award for 2016-2017

Congratulations to the Best-Shirey-Little NEHS Chapter from Sullivan High School, IL, which has been recognized as the 2016-2017 Outstanding Chapter. Led by Lead Advisor Cami Badman and supported by co-Advisors Lesley Banks, Rebecca Lawson, and Annie McClellan, Sullivan members engaged in a series of activities impacting both their school and the wider community. Some members researched the holdings of their school library and spent chapter funds to add new texts to the inventory; others developed and executed "English Week," focusing the whole school on English language arts through a class competition. The chapter delivered thank you "goodie bags" for all teachers in the school, recognizing the dedication of those educators. Perhaps most significantly, forty-five of the sixty-member chapter paired with 4th graders at the elementary school and became Pen Pals with the younger students, writing back and forth every week for a full semester; this activity culminated with a "getting to know you" activity at the elementary school at the end of the year.

This outstanding chapter was awarded $250 and a plaque to acknowledge the excellent literacy work being done at Sullivan. Look for upcoming blogs about the creative name for the chapter—there is definitely a story behind the name, a narrative that will inspire many!

Advisor Grants

NEHS believes in the value of educators and wishes to support them, particularly those willing to add even more to the challenges of 21st century education by eagerly serving as NEHS Advisors. Advisors are encouraged to apply for these new grants intended to supplement other funding sources. Grants must be used to enhance the teaching and learning of the English language arts that also will directly impact effectiveness of leading NEHS chapters. Applicants must explain the intended use of grant funds and submit a blog article detailing the outcomes resulting from the grant.

Grants ranging in amounts from $25-$300 are available throughout the school year. View application information.

Project Grants

National English Honor Society Project Grants are designed to encourage local chapters to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society. The Society will award a limited number of grants each semester, for no more than $200 each, to support local chapter activities that will be enhanced or made possible by the grant monies. The application deadline for second semester of the 2017-2018 school year is November 17, 2017.

View: Application Instructions