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The NHA CollegeBound™ ​Scholarship

The NHA difference is about preparing students for a lifetime of success. Since our commitment extends beyond the 8th grade, the NHA CollegeBound™ Scholarship was established to provide four of our eighth-grade students with a one-time only college scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Please read on so your children don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity.



The NHA CollegeBound™ Scholarship is open to all currently enrolled eighth-grade students who are attending an NHA school.


Submission Requirements

Students are required to write an essay about the difference the school’s Moral Focus curriculum is making in their lives. Essays must be 250-500 words and must be submitted online. The essay must address the topic, respond to all components listed, and be the independent work of the student.

Choose from one of the following topics:

  • Explain how a community service project you completed allowed you to apply your morals in service to others.
  • Describe a situation in which a moral focus virtue helped guide your decision-making process.
  • From personal experience, explain the impact new technology and science are having on morality.


How to Enter - Take Note of Key Dates

Beginning March 4, 2014, click here for full scholarship details and to complete and submit your application


April 15, 2014, applications and essays were due. No additional entries will be accepted for this year's scholarship.


May 2, 2014, the NHA Scholarship Committee will be notified of the CollegeBound™ Scholarship winners.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) at or call 1-855-670-4787.

Lansing Charter Academy Student Awarded Full High School Scholarship

CBS Scholarship Winner 2013 Rachel Smith.jpg

Rachel Smith’s essay stands out against 50 other 

eighth-grade students


LANSING, MICH., Friday, May 17, 2013— Rachel Smith’s essay stood out against all the rest and for that she has won a high school scholarship worth up to $40,000 in the National Heritage Academies CollegeBound Scholarship™ program. 


“I was very surprised,” said Smith. “I am so thankful for this scholarship, it is a great feeling to know that my parents and school are so proud of me.”


For its second year, National Heritage Academies (NHA) held an essay contest for all eighth-grade students throughout NHA’s 74 schools in nine states.  Each student was required to pick an essay topic and compose a 250-500 word essay. The winner was selected, by a professional selection group, based on their essay submission, academics, and financial need. The winner receives a scholarship to put towards a private high school education, worth up to $10,000 a year for four years.


“Rachel’s scholastic aptitude coupled with her strong character will lead her to college. Her determination always to do her best will ensure her success in college and her future career,” said Marcus Puccioni, Lansing Charter Academy principal.  “Rachel Smith is a deserving recipient of NHA’s scholarship.”


Rachel wrote her essay on the “impact new technologies and sciences are having on morality.”  Her inspiration for the essay was Albert Einstein. 


Smith began her essay by quoting Albert Einstein: “I fear the day when technology will surpass human interaction. The world will only have a generation of idiots.”


In her winning essay, Smith wrote: “Not too long ago, as I entered my local coffee shop, I beheld a sound very disturbing. It was silence. Looking around I noted that each person in the shop was either on his or her MacBook, texting on their iPhone, or reading on a KindleFire. I was not only appalled by the unexpected quietness, but also the lack of socialization.”  


At Lansing Charter Academy (LCA), Smith is involved in advanced classes, academic competitions, peer mentors, school orchestra, and she regularly volunteers in the school library. Additionally, she is a founding and active member of the LCA student government. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playing volleyball, practicing piano, and being involved with her church youth group.


“Rachel exhibits superior integrity and an empathy appreciated by staff and her peers alike. She makes our community a better place,” said Puccioni.


Rachel has chosen to attend Lansing Christian High School for the next four years.


The 2012 NHA CollegeBound™ Scholarship went to 

Hannah Ting from Ridge Park Academy.     

Hannah Ting, an eighth grader at Ridge Park Charter Academy, received the surprise of a lifetime when she was notified that she was the inaugural recipient of the CollegeBound™ Scholarship. Hannah, who was notified of winning the scholarship during a surprise ceremony held at Ridge Park, received a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year to apply toward tuition at the private high school of her choice.  

Give one of our 8th graders a much-needed boost

toward college.  


Consider contributing to the NHA CollegeBound™ Scholarship. The process is quick and easy. NHA Friends can make checks payable to "AEAF", place "NHA" in the memo line and mail to: 



1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 800

Nashville, TN 37217-2698


Thank you for your donation. Tax-receipts will be mailed after the end of the year. You may download a W-9 form here.


NHA Employees may donate here.



NHA CollegeBound™ ​Scholarship Application

Please use the link below to apply for the scholarship:


Application Deadline is

April 15th, 2014.