I’d like to thank NSHSS again for their generous support of my education and for giving me the opportunities to become more open to global occurrences. The once-in-a-lifetime experiences I enjoyed as an NSHSS scholar were important in my growth, and to this day they remain one of the best memories I have. I hope to give back to and stay involved with the wonderful NSHSS community after I graduate.
I am so grateful for these years of NSHSS experiences. I have been awarded a full scholarship to participate as an ambassador in the prestigious Congress-Buderstag Youth Exchange Program funded by the US State Department, and I am studying aboard in Germany now, where I am on the way to learn and master my 4th language – Deutsche. I am a firm believer that languages are the tool to connect human beings, to expand my world view, and to appreciate cultural diversity. I was selected as a merit scholar at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Computer Science, Fall 2019 and will stay committed to community service, which will have a lasting impact on the world.
After being invited to join the NSHSS, I was initially skeptical and unsure as to whether the membership would be worth it. I noticed that there were a lot of scholarships available, but I never really envisioned myself winning them. Looking back, deciding to join was one of my best decisions when searching for scholarships. Two years later, I have been awarded multiple scholarships by the NSHSS, and all of them are helping me fund my education and pursue my ambitions. NSHSS’s support has been instrumental in making me the student I am today, and I am grateful for that! My advice for anyone on the fence about joining is to “just do it” because the opportunities you will receive are invaluable.
NSHSS has played a huge role in my academic career. NSHSS has provided me with countless opportunities that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Because of NSHSS I’ve attended Nobel Prize Week in Sweden, met amazing international friends, and am able to get a college education.
I hosted a forum for girls who either came out of the foster care system or girls who were struggling with self-harm or self-love, and I talked to them and mentored them along with round table discussions. I personally was found under a stairwell when I was a young child, abandoned at birth. I was bullied a lot as a young child and I wanted to talk to other young girls who went through situations like mine because at one point I was really sad about it but I wanted to show them it was OK. Not only has NSHSS helped me further my education, it has also motivated me to continue my mission.
I believe the National Society of High School Scholars has impacted my life by encouraging me to pursue an academic excellence that will eventually culminate in an improvement in the global health services. As an aspiring oncologist, I intend join the research community in their work on stem cell research; I can certainly say that the Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship is an essential contribution to this endeavor. To all potential members, the National Society of High School Scholars will provide you with an unparalleled network of opportunities for global improvement.
NSHSS has always provided me with opportunities to excel in an academic atmosphere, and allowed me to pursue new routes I would not have otherwise discovered. I am so honored to have received the James W. Lewis Nobel Entrepreneur Scholarship, for my cosmetic business idea. By receiving this generous scholarship, I am able to invest into my future of creating a business, and share my dreams with the world. My recommendation to all future scholarship applicants is to ensure that a full effort is put into the application, and that you are very passionate about what you are sharing with the audience.
I would like to sincerely express my gratitude to NSHSS because, with your help, I am able to pursue a higher education. I will be attending University of California, Berkeley, one of the top 20 schools in the nation. I was admitted to one of their hardest and most academically rigorous majors, Biological Sciences. I look forward to pursuing a higher education to achieve my ultimate career goal as a military medical doctor. I also plan to attend the UC Berkeley School of Law to become an attorney as well to work on “pro bono” cases in order to help the overlooked or less fortunate in society. Thank you for this generous scholarship, I am proud to represent NSHSS.
Avalon Jade Thiesen
NSHSS has allowed me to connect with thousands of like-minded, academically-oriented peers and mentors. This network has helped me succeed both academically and in my environmental nonprofit’s service work, as I am constantly inspired by fellow members. The NSHSS Robert Sheppard for Leadership Award (for academic achievement and community service) allows me to further my education, as I now pursue undergraduate work in Religious Studies, Environmental Policy, and Food Studies. I was fortunate enough to attend Scholar’s Day in Washington D.C. the past 2 years – such an enriching experience, and my parents came along and were also blown away!
Elizabeth (Betsy) Sullivan
NSHSS has allowed me to not only further my education, but also further my efforts to improve my community. I have always stayed involved through various nonprofits, such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Allied Women’s Center. These experiences have made me into the person I am and thanks to NSHSS I can learn more skills that will help me to provide service others through such organizations.
Christy Wong Hau Wai
During my experience at Nobel Week in Stockholm, I was surrounded by so many genius minds! NSHSS has been an excellent support network. It has given me incredible opportunities for my education and for my own personal growth. I would not have had the same experiences and come out the same person had I not been part of NSHSS. I felt the world that was always in my mind was enlarged and I am so motivated to work harder and accept the challenge to make meaningful contributions and be rewarded for excellence. Thank you!
Last summer I had the opportunity to teach English in two orphanages on the New Mexico and Guatemala border. I was lead into this community of 33 orphans living in a home about the size of two school buses and asked to teach English. I feel really blessed that the Society honored and recognized my work in the orphanage because with the recognition of my work, I was able to make my dream of going to college a reality.
Being a member of NSHSS has been amazing. I had the privilege to attend the HKU STEM seminar in Hong Kong through NSHSS and without a doubt, I can say it was one of the best weeks of my life. In addition to guest speakers, such as the industry manager of Google and the CEO of 9gag, we participated in panels about the development of technology and using STEM in everyday life. The program attendees consisted of roughly one hundred high school students from all across the globe. I met so many great people and bonded over shared jokes and seemingly impossible tasks. At the end of the camp, despite our idea of covering a building with solar panels, my group managed to win best presentation. It was such an incredible experience and I’m glad that I was able to be a part of it through NSHSS.