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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 six 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 1, 2017, you can click here for full scholarship details and to submit your application.

April 13, 2017, applications and essays are due and will not be accepted after 11:59 p.m. CST on this date.

Week of May 5, 2017, 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.  

National Heritage Academies Announces 2016 College Bound Scholarship Winners!

NHA is very happy to announce that we have awarded the 2016 NHA CollegeBound Scholarships to our four winners. Each of the winners received a one-time $5,000 college scholarship.

Each student was required to pick from three topics to write a 250-500 word essay about their school’s Moral Focus curriculum. An independent professional selection group picked the winners based on their essay submission, academics, and community service.
Essay topics available included explaining how a community service project allowed the student to apply morals in service to others, describing a situation in which a moral focus virtue helped guide their decision-making process, or from personal experience, explain the impact new technology and science are having on morality.
All four students and their families were surprised and honored at school assemblies over the past week. Attached you will find photos of the four winners at their celebration assemblies.
This year’s winners include:

Estee Taylor, Chandler Woods Charter Academy

Taylor wrote her essay on how her school’s Moral Focus curriculum impacted her decisions and choices. She is a part of the Chandler Woods Charter Academy school theater program, band, basketball and volleyball teams, and National Junior Honor Society. She has participated in Solo and Ensemble competition, and volunteered at Elder Community Outreach, American Red Cross, and GARBC Church.

Sofia Peppard, South Arbor Charter Academy


Lily Walker, Cross Creek Charter Academy


Walker wrote her essay about encouragement, compassion and respect as she explained her interaction with disabled students at Artist Creating Together (ACT) where she regularly volunteers. She has also volunteered for the Humane Society, participated on the Cross Country team, a member of the art club, and a member of the National Junior Honor Society for two years.



MyKale Christian, Milwaukee Scholars Charter Academy


Christian wrote his essay about compassion, character and perseverance being moral virtues that guide his daily activities. He wrote about how character guides his everyday decisions. He volunteers at Lamb of God Baptist Church food pantry and as an usher, and has spent numerous hours helping at the Birchwood Nursing. He has played on the school basketball team for two years, competed as a member of the Silver Spring Spartans Track and Field team for seven years, and two years with the Fitzsmond’s Boys and Girls Club Football. He has received the following awards: perfect attendance for four years, Honor Roll for three years, 7th place in National Medal USAA Track and Field, Most Improved Player in basketball and third place in Basketball Championships.


Breanna Stump, Greensboro Charter Academy


Stump wrote her essay about the time she volunteered with the The Urban Ministries, a homeless center in Greensboro, and the impact it had on her life. She works at Busam Construction and Home Improvement a few hours a week, has been in the Girl Scout Program for eight years, volunteers with the Special Olympics and Shriner’s Hospital, and volunteers with the Greensboro Urban Ministry. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society for several years, been on the honor roll for the past eight years, played on the school soccer team and been a member of the cross country team. She received first place in the district science fair, was the Create it Winner and earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award.


Congratulations to all of our students, their families, and schools. We are so proud!


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:
AEAF 1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 800, Nashville, TN, 37217
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.

Scholarship Application

NHA CollegeBound™ ​

Scholarship Application

Please use the link below to apply for the scholarship:
• Applications for the 2017 scholarship will open March 1
• Entries due April 13
• Winners announced week of May 5

Other pages that may be of interest:
CollegeBound Scholars
NHA Alumni Association
The 2014 Scholarship Winners


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