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Scholarships

Empowering You On Your Path To Success

Take advantage of scholarship opportunities to help you reach your potential and pay for university, international study abroad, summer programs, and even graduate school.

NSHSS Members are eligible to apply for university and secondary school scholarships in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurship, leadership, literature, medicine, music, STEM, sustainability, visual arts, and more.

*All scholarships are in U.S. Dollars unless otherwise specified.
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2,000,000

US Dollars

In Scholarships Awarded Annually

170

Countries

NSHSS Lifetime Members around the globe

23

Percent of NSHSS Members

First in their family to attend university

HELP FUND YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Take advantage of scholarship opportunities to help you reach your full potential and pay for college, international study excursions, summer programs, and even graduate school. NSHSS and its partners offer more than $2,000,000 in scholarships annually. NSHSS members are eligible to apply for college and high school scholarships in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurship, leadership, literature, medicine, music, STEM, sustainability, visual arts, and more. Hear from our most recent scholarship winners and learn more about what NSHSS can do for you.

NSHSS Scholarships

NSHSS KEY CHAPTER AWARDS

Eligibility: Must be a current NSHSS Chapter Officer

Scholarship Award: USD $500 grants

NSHSS Chapter Officers have the opportunity to apply for USD $500 grants to enhance their school and community engagement, serve the chapter members or be recognized for outstanding engagement or achievements.

Application Requirements: 

  • Personal statement of up to 500 words discussing chapter engagement within the community or school or how the chapter plans to use the funding for upcoming projects or activities.
  • Photos or video related to community involvement or projects (optional)
  • Resume or list of chapter activities
  • Educator recommendation
  • Photo: chapter group photo

Open Date: March 1, 2019 

Close Date: April 1, 2019

 

Apply for the Key Chapter Award through your Member Dashboard 

 

 

NSHSS STEAM SCHOLARSHIP 2019

Eligibility Requirements: NSHSS students in their last year of secondary school planning to major in a STEAM field (science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics), including any area related to the medical field.

Scholarship Award: USD $1,000 

Application Requirements:

  • Personal statement of 500 words discussing why you have selected your intended STEM major and your future career plans related to this major.
  • Resume 
  • Transcript 
  • Educator Recommendation 
  • Color head shot suitable for website posting

Open Date: February 15, 2019

Close Date: April 15, 2019

 

Apply for the NSHSS STEAM Scholarship through your Member Dashboard

 

 

NSHSS ACADEMIC PAPER AWARDS 2019

Eligibility Requirements: All NSHSS secondary school students

Scholarship Award: Ten (10) USD $250 cash awards to recognize NSHSS members who have written academic papers as class assignments in high school, such as a research paper, an original essay, or an analytical paper.

Winning papers will be published on the NSHSS website. The essay must have been assigned and submitted for a class you have taken in high school, or are currently taking. If you are dual-enrolled in high school and university, you may submit a paper from your university class.

We will not consider fiction or poetry, journal entries, computer programs, or lab reports. You may submit one paper per year. Winners must agree to publication of their essay on the NSHSS website in order to receive the award. Winning essays will be posted on the NSHSS website.

Application Requirements:

  • Title of the paper
  • Brief description of the assignment
  • Method of submission: Upload a copy of your essay on the online application as a Word document or pdf. Essays must be submitted in English.
  • Name of the class
  • Term/year when the class was taken
  • Name of the teacher who assigned the paper

If you are dual-enrolled, include the name of your university professor from your university course, the college at which you are enrolled, and the name of your secondary school.

Open Date: March 1, 2019

Close Date: May 1, 2019

 

Apply for NSHSS Scholarships through your Member Dashboard

 

 

THE CLAES NOBEL LEGACY AWARDS 2019

Eligibility Requirements: High school seniors and college freshmen who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and who have demonstrated in an outstanding manner the values of NSHSS Co-founder Mr. Nobel. College freshmen must be enrolled in an accredited university. Scholarship funds will be sent to the university where the recipients are enrolled or will enroll upon entering college.

Scholarship Award: Two USD $5,000 scholarships. One scholarship for a high school senior and one scholarship for a college freshman.

The Claes Nobel Legacy Award was established by Greg Goff, CEO of Andeavor, in honor of Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, to highlight his family legacy of rewarding excellence. Mr. Nobel has dedicated his life and work to the values that he holds dear: preserving the earth, promoting peace, and changing the world for the better. In 2002, he co-founded NSHSS with James W. Lewis to acknowledge and nurture the continuing success of high school and college students who have distinguished themselves through academic accomplishment, exemplary leadership and community involvement.

Mr. Nobel encourages all people to prescribe to “The Seven Rights,” a powerful remedy for Universal Peace, Environmental Sustainability, and Personal Happiness. “The Seven Rights” include:

1. Right Thought Your mind is a dynamic organ. Everything in the universe and in the world – yes, even you originated in thought.

1. Right Thought Your mind is a dynamic organ. Everything in the universe and in the world – yes, even you originated in thought.

2. Right Word Words are incredibly powerful. Once a word leaves your mouth, not even the strength of 10,000 elephants can pull it back again.

3. Right Deed Let Dignity, Honor, and Truth be the noble hallmarks of your character. 

4. Right Attitude Smile and laugh. Be kind, positive, and helpful to all. Become a good listener. 5.

5. Right Livelihood Step lightly on the Earth--leave no foot-prints.

6. Right Here You do not have to go to the far corners of the world. Start world transformation in your own community. Start right in your own backyard.

7. Right Now No procrastination! No excuses! Become a very busy, active person for World Betterment and World Change.

Application Requirements:

• Personal statement of 500 words in response to the following passage:

Mr. Nobel promotes “The Seven Rights” as a prescription for living a productive life and contributing to the betterment of society. Those include right thought, right word, right deed, right attitude and right livelihood, and conclude with right here and right now. “Ladies and gentleman, to have a future or not – that is our choice,” Nobel said. “… Together we can change the world.”

Explain how you have contributed and are contributing to the betterment of the world through one or more of Mr. Nobel’s “The Seven Rights.”

  • Resume 
  • Transcript 
  • Educator Recommendation 
  • Color head shot suitable for website posting

Open Date: March 1, 2019

Closing Date: May 1, 2019 

 

Apply for NSHSS Scholarships through your Member Dashboard

 

 

NSHSS VIDEO COMPETITION 2019

Eligibility Requirements: All NSHSS high school members

Scholarship Award:

  • 1st prize: USD $1,000
  • 2nd prize: USD $500
  • 3rd prize: USD $250

Application Requirements:

  • Title and description of your submission
  • Educator Recommendation 
  • Uploaded video
  • Color headshot suitable for website posting

Video Prompt: Express yourself by providing an artistic representation of yourself or your worldview through film.

Films should be no more than 5 minutes long, and submissions can be made in the following categories:scripted film narrative, animation, documentary, or music video/musical/dance performance.

***Previously created music may be used if the song’s original artist and composer are credited.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Expression of a clear theme
  • Quality of the story line and script (if applicable)
  • Creativity and/or content originality
  • Production quality
  • Editing

Open Date: March 15, 2019

Close Date: May 15, 2019

Plagiarism: NSHSS has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any applicant whose winning work is determined to be plagiarized in whole or in part will forfeit any awards.
*All work must be the student’s original work. Submit only one entry. By submitting your work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so.

 

Apply for NSHSS Scholarships through your Member Dashboard

 

 

NSHSS VIDEO COMPETITION 2019

Eligibility Requirements: All NSHSS high school members

Scholarships will be awarded to students with the top submissions in the two categories below:

  • Photography/Digital Photography: 1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd prize: $250
  • Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media/Digital Art: 1st prize: $1,000, 2nd prize: $500, 3rd prize: $250

NSHSS high school students may submit visual art and photography–painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, weaving, digital and 35mm photography.

These must be submitted as digital files, which must be a minimum 300 dpi JPEG.

Application Requirements:

  • Title and description of your submission
  • Digital files of artwork
  • Educator Recommendation
  • Color headshot suitable for website posting

To view the past NSHSS Video Competition Winners, visit:

Open Date: March 15, 2018

Close Date: May 15, 2019

Plagiarism: NSHSS has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any applicant whose winning work is determined to be plagiarized in whole or in part will forfeit any awards.
*All work must be the student’s original work. Submit only one entry. By submitting your work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so.

 

Apply for NSHSS Scholarships through your Member Dashboard

 

 

NSHSS LITERARY COMPETITION 2019

Eligibility Requirements: NSHSS high school members

Scholarship will be awarded to students with the top submissions in the two categories below:

  • Poetry: 1st prize: USD $1,000, 2nd prize: USD $500, 3rd prize: USD $250
  • Fiction: 1st prize: USD $1,000, 2nd prize: USD $500, 3rd prize: USD $250

Poetry: Students may submit their original poetry in any style, from formal verse, to free verse to experimental. The poem should be formatted as you wish it to appear in publication.

Fiction: Students may submit a piece of short fiction, which must be no more than 5,000 words and should not be single-spaced. The entry may be any genre of the student’s choice, including graphic novel or story.

Winning literary entries will be published on the NSHSS website. Entries will be judged on creativity, technique, expression, and originality.

Students may submit poetry AND/OR fiction to the literary contest. All entries must be uploaded online in the application in the member dashboard. Entries should not have been previously published. All entries must be uploaded online in the application either as Word document files or pdf files. Submit one entry per category.

Application Requirements:

  • Title and description of your submission
  • Uploaded literary submission(s)
  • Educator Recommendation 
  • Color headshot suitable for website posting

Open Date: March 15, 2019

Close Date: May 15, 2019

Plagiarism: NSHSS has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any applicant whose winning work is determined to be plagiarized in whole or in part will forfeit any awards.
*All work must be the student’s original work. Submit only one entry. By submitting your work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so.

 

Apply for NSHSS Scholarships through your Member Dashboard

 

 

JAMES W. LEWIS LEADERSHIP AWARDS 2019

Eligibility Requirements: NSHSS secondary school student in their last year and university freshmen who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or the equivalent and who have demonstrated in an outstanding manner the values of NSHSS Co-founder and President James W. Lewis. University students must be enrolled in an accredited university. Scholarship funds will be sent to the university where the recipients are enrolled or will enroll upon entering university.

Scholarship Award: USD $5,000 

The James W. Lewis Leadership Award has been established to encourage and recognize young leaders who exemplify the values to which Mr. Lewis has dedicated his life and work:

• Commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Commitment to helping create educational opportunities for all, including young people identifying with under-represented groups
• Commitment to encouraging leadership among youth
• Commitment to community engagement and volunteerism
• Commitment to global perspective
• Commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship

In 2002, Mr. Lewis co-founded NSHSS with Claes Nobel, of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, to acknowledge and nurture the continuing success of high school and college students who have distinguished themselves through academic accomplishment, exemplary leadership and community involvement.

Mr. Lewis’s complete bio can be found on the NSHSS website.

 Brief biography of James W. Lewis:
Overriding philosophy: "The future of our planet is dependent upon how we prepare the youth of the world. Let them dream, explore and achieve not only for the betterment of themselves, but for the global community."
--JAMES W. LEWIS, NSHSS PRESIDENT

James W. Lewis is President of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS), which he established in 2002 along with friend and co-founder, Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. He has set the bar in empowering youth in the world of scholarship, academics, diversity, inclusion, international education and volunteerism with his programs, leadership and genuine care for humanity. In 2015, James was named a Top 10 Diversity Champion by The Global Diversity List, published and supported by The Economist. His vision for diversity and inclusion and international education is reflected in NSHSS’s partnerships with world-class educational and leadership programs from around the globe.

As a visionary, pioneer and mentor, James has enjoyed the opportunities to connect with and serve his community in various roles. These roles include serving on the Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse, which sponsors Alcohol Awareness Weeks on college campuses throughout the United States. James also served as a strategist for the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also served on the board of directors for the Friends' Health Connection, an advocacy organization connecting people with similar health conditions with each other and to vital resources. Shoichiro Toyoda, former chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation, identified James as an international thought leader of the 21st century on promoting new ways to address major social and economic challenges from an educational perspective. James was called on to serve as a discussant at an International Symposium Innovations through Education and Social Entrepreneurship among other notables from Norway, Japan, and representatives from other G8 countries in government, universities and business.


Application Requirements:

• Personal statement of 1,000 words in response to the following:

Describe how you have demonstrated and are continuing to exemplify the leadership values of Mr. Lewis.

• Resume 
• Transcript 
• Educator Recommendation 
• Colour head shot suitable for website posting

Open Date: March 1, 2019 

Close Date: May 15, 2019

 

Apply for NSHSS Scholarships through your Member Dashboard

 

 

INNOVATION IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE/ROBOTICS SCHOLARSHIP 2019

Eligibility: Secondary school students in their last year of school and university students in first, second, and third year of university

Scholarship Award: USD $1,000  awarded to students exploring the concept of how Artificial Intelligence may affect humanity, society, culture or a project conceptualizing this idea.

Application Requirements: 

• Personal statement discussing one of the following:

1) How AI or Robotics technology may affect the future; you may wish to present research evaluating the pros and cons with your conclusion about best steps for mankind in this area.
2) Discuss a specific project of yours that is conceptualized or currently in progress in the field of AI/Robotics.

• Resume 
• Transcript 
• Educator Recommendation
• Colour head shot suitable for website posting

Open Date: March 15, 2019

Closing Date: May 15, 2019 

 

Apply for NSHSS Scholarships through your Member Dashboard

 

 

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) STEM SYMPOSIUM AND DECACORN ENTREPRENEURSHIP BOOTCAMP SCHOLARSHIPS 2019

Eligibility Requirements: NSHSS Members worldwide who are current high school sophomores, juniors, seniors

Scholarship Award: 10 awards - Five USD $1,000 Scholarships for each of the two programs, covering the program fee and accommodation. Students should arrive in Hong Kong no later than 3 PM on Thursday, July 25 (HKT). Accommodations will be provided in a residence hall for each of these programs. 

Venue: The University of Hong Kong

The International Symposium on STEM Education

Program Dates: July 25-28, 2019 

The 4-day symposium gives students a firsthand experience of the latest trend in science, technology, engineering. and mathematics. Most importantly, it trains students to think of issues from various perspectives and examine the connections between disciplines.

The goal is to inspire students to integrate the knowledge of disciplines, such as Artificial Intelligence, Financial Technology, Global Health Development, and Design to address interconnected social problems and achieve "Innovation and Transformation for Better Living."

Extended Deadline! Apply by May 31, 2019 

Apply for the STEM Symposium Scholarship 

 

Decacorn Entrepreneur Bootcamp

Program Dates: July 25-28, 2019

This intensive 4-day program brings together young minds who are interested in innovation and business. The bootcamp is designed for high school students who want to learn about business and entrepreneurship. You will get a chance to learn and interact with successful entrepreneurs and business professionals. Leading business professionals will also mentor and guide you to create business ideas, develop and prepare the business proposal and enhance your pitching presentation skills, etc. The bootcamp not only gives you a taste of creating a business model but also provides a platform for you to compete, share knowledge, and exchange ideas with like-minded students of diverse backgrounds.

Extended Deadline! Apply by May 31, 2019 

Apply for the Decacorn Entrepreneur Bootcamp Scholarship

 

Host: The Academy for the Talented, The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is renowned for its academic excellence, world class research programs, global connections, and social impact. Inspired by its rich heritage, but always looking forward, HKU invites students to an educational journey that will prepare them to become globally-minded thinkers and leaders, to tackle grand global challenges, to be able to adapt swiftly and effectively to unpredictable situations, and to be successful anywhere in today's increasingly globalized society.

Should you have any inquiries, feel free to contact The Academy for the Talented at talented@hku.hk

 

 

HOW I GOT INTO MY DREAM US SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP 2019

Eligibility Requirements: International students currently attending a US university and international high school seniors who plan on attending college in the United States. 

Scholarship Award: USD $1,000

This scholarship is for international applicants to share their experiences getting into their first-choice US university. These may include first-hand tips, guidance, and advice from NSHSS members who have successfully joined the ranks of their dream schools and wish to help others by sharing their own journey to university acceptance.

Application Requirements:

  • Detailed write-up of your experience from secondary school through your acceptance to university based on questions provided (2,500 words); (see below)
  • Resume;
  • Transcript;
  • Head shot suitable for website posting;
  • Educator recommendation (submitted via online form; link provided in application);
  • Copy of university application materials (including application essay and why you selected the topic).
  • Video of no more than 4 minutes introducing yourself and sharing your path to college acceptance.  Video submission instructions will be provided to applicants after applying.

Questions to consider for your personal statement - organize and present as you wish:

  • When did you start thinking about and preparing for university?
  • How did you choose your dream school (what resources, guidance, university trips, etc.)?
  • What factors led you to choose your particular school?
  • What is your major or intended major and how did this factor into your school selection?
  • How involved were your secondary school counselors in the process?
  • To what extent were parents or guardians involved in your guidance and school selection?
  • To which other schools did you apply?
  • Were you focused on US Ivy League schools or not?
  • What did you do in secondary school to prepare academically (AP courses, honours classes, IB courses, additional tutoring, etc.)?
  • Did you visit university and university fairs and/or take virtual university tours?
  • Did you change your mind about what you originally thought was your dream school after learning more or visiting?
  • Application process - share your successful university application essay, how long you spent on it, and how you selected the topic
  • Time management - how did you keep up with deadlines?
  • Is there anything in the process you would have done differently?
  • Do you have one over-riding piece of advice to share?
  • Are  you aware of any personal factors that may have tipped the scales in your favor? (legacy, financial need, geography, major, ethnicity, gender, first generation university student)

Open Date: April 1, 2019 

Close Date: July 15, 2019

 

Apply for Scholarships on the NSHSS Member Dashboard 

 

JAMES W. LEWIS ENTREPRENEUR SCHOLAR AWARDS 2019

Eligibility Requirements: Secondary school students and university students who have an idea for a product, service, business, or other innovation.

Scholarship Award: USD $1,000

Application Requirements:

  • Business Idea and Business Plan
  • Resume (may be copied and pasted or uploaded)
  • Transcript (may be uploaded, mailed, or emailed)
  • Educator Recommendation (submitted via online form; link provided in application)
  • Principal and counselor's name and email address
  • Colour headshot suitable for website posting

Business Idea: A brief description of your proposed idea, business, or product explaining what it is, why there is a need for it, how it is different from others in the same category, how you would make (or have made) a prototype, and what is your plan for turning this innovation into reality. Let us know how you got the idea and what you have done about it thus far.

Business Plan: Applicants are also required to include a business plan outlining strategies for launching their idea. A business plan outlines how you plan to grow your business and explains your strategic vision.

Visit websites such as Small Business Administration for information and guidance and tips for creating your plan. The Small Business Administration website provides free information for young entrepreneurs and for guidance. You may also take 30-minute free online courses for young entrepreneurs to assist you with starting a business, as well as creating a business plan, which also contains a sample business plan template:

Your business plan should include the following components in a document:

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Market Analysis
  • Organization and Management plan
  • Service or Product description
  • Marketing and sales plans
  • Funding request needs (if applicable)
  • Financial projections

Open Date: June 1, 2019

Close Date: October 1, 2019

 

Apply for Scholarships on the NSHSS Member Dashboard 

 

 

 

 

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