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Secrets to Scholarship Success- A Panel

Please join scholarship administrator Alexis Adams and three of our scholarship winners as panelists to discuss how you can create a successful scholarship application. Find out which scholarships are currently available for you to apply for, the requirements of an NSHSS application, and tips on making your scholarship application stand out. All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to our panelists and hear the secrets they used to win. 

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Alexis Adams is an Atlanta native. She is a recent graduate from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Special Education. She enjoys writing poetry and visiting the various nature reserves throughout Georgia. Alexis has years of executive administration experience and is excited to be a part of The National Society of High School Scholars.


Selena Smith is a high school junior attending the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School. She was accepted into NSHSS in June 2022 and became an ambassador in the September of that year. Her extracurriculars include choir and varsity basketball, and soccer. In addition, Selena is part of various clubs at her school, including the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, DECA, and the student council. She also works part-time at SAS Geospatial, LLC, and volunteers at Camp Good News during the summer. Selena hopes to attend college after she graduates in 2024 to major in Industrial Design. From there, she wants to pursue a career in industrial design and one day start her own business.



Samantha launched a webpage where students worldwide can anonymously discuss ways schools can improve mental health. Based on their responses, she helped publish a thirty-page policy report detailing culturally responsive mental healthcare. She co-authored the “Bill of Rights to Support the Mental Health of Girls…of Color” with the National Black Women’s Justice Institute and Georgetown Law. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Diversify Our Narratives nonprofit that’s been featured in Time Magazine and has around 200,000 followers on Instagram. Samantha interviewed the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Color Purple” and earned an embossed Certificate of Accomplishment from Princeton University for her work in race relations. She will be attending Harvard University this fall.



Anoushka Chitnis has a deep passion for space and is on a mission to see Mars' blue sunsets with her own eyes and engineer the journey itself. She loves to build things in true engineering fashion, be it cone-shooting robots or homemade laser mazes. When Anoushka isn't busy plotting interplanetary expeditions, she unleashes her adventurous spirit in many extreme sports, including backpacking, skydiving, rock climbing, skiing, ultimate frisbee, and soccer. Like a true nerd, she has an odd fascination with light, both the concept and the ones that hang in her room for decorative purposes. She is also interested in experimenting with new recipes and occasionally dabbling in the physics behind black holes. And when she has some free time, she is learning to fly a plane to develop her astronaut skills. She will be attending UC Berkeley for Mechanical Engineering in the fall.