Addressing the challenges facing our country will require talented young people with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to make sound choices about complex public problems. To that end, the New-York Historical Society is offering a new program designed to inspire young Americans to become informed and engaged citizens with a critical appreciation of the values, ideas, and history of our nation through direct engagement with renowned scholars. The American History High School Scholars program will offer up to 20 outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to study with preeminent American historians and policy experts in a seminar setting. Those accepted into the program will attend Sunday morning classes at the Historical Society for nine sessions from February 8–April 12, 2015.
ELIGIBILITY & REQUIRMENTS. Applicant must be a high school junior attending a New York City Public School and have a record of academic achievement and leadership qualities.
The program will run from February 8–April 12, 2015, with seminars convening Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Scholars are expected to attend all sessions. Lunch will be provided.
PROGRAM REWARDS. Upon completion and full participation in the program, Scholars will receive a stipend of $600 and a voucher to attend an SAT-prep course to help further their chances of academic success.
LOCATION. The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024.
APPLICATION. The application form, and more information, can be found here
Those eligible must submit the following materials by Monday, December 22, 2014:
1. Application form 2. A 500-word autobiographical essay, describing your interest in American history and academic and career goals 3. A high school transcript 4. One letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor (see form)