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John Lewis Good Trouble Scholarship
Close Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 Award: Five (5) $1,000
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2020 Application Closed. Reopening in 2021!

Eligibility: Any and all NSHSS members and non-members alike, whether in high school or college.

Scholarship Award: Five (5) awards valued at $1,000 each

"When you see something that is not right, not just, not fair, you have a moral obligation to say something, to do something."  Activist, Civil Rights icon, and Georgia U.S. Representative John Lewis was a man who fought for racial justice and equality wherever he could throughout his life. At a young age, Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders, founded the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was the youngest person to speak at the March on Washington. 

John Lewis believed in the passion, persistence, and power of the people, particularly young citizens, to effect change from their kitchen tables and to never give up. NSHSS honors Representative Lewis' legacy by awarding five (5) recipients with a scholarship who embody the ideals of 'good trouble'.

Application Requirements:

  • Essay Response to this Prompt:
    • John Lewis infamously stated, “I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.”  In 500 words or less, define what 'good trouble' looks like to you. How do you 'get in the way' and what are you doing in your community to be unafraid to make some noise?
  • 1 minute video addressing the following topic:
    • Why is good trouble such a passionate topic?
  • Photos/media of community activism, engagement, and/or committee involvement/events 
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Headshot

Application Opens: August 25, 2020
Closing Date: October 15, 2020 at 11:59PM

*Please note that closing time is in EST.