Two Mainers are among the 70 high-school students around the country who were picked to receive $2,000 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct summer research projects.
Brendan J. Haskins, a senior at Mount Ararat School in Topsham, was awarded a Younger Scholars grant for his project titled, “Responsible Choice in the Doctrines of Human Nature of Aristotle and William James.
Shannon A. Kemper, a junior at Lewiston High School, will receive a grant for a project titled, “Europeans and Indians in the Gulf of maine, 1600-1750.”
The high-school winners, along with 89 college students who will receive grants of $2,400 apiece, were picked from a field of 885 applicants around the country. Each grant includes a $400 stipend for a faculty mentor.
Students’ proposals for the grants were reviewed by panels of humanities educators who considered the significance of the topic, intellectual quality, the study plan and evidence of the applicant’s ability to conduct serious independent research. At the end of the a nine-week research period, the students must submit a substantial research paper and a bibliography.
Since 1984, nearly 1,200 high-school and college students have taken part in the program. Some have had their papers published in scholarly journals, while others have given public lectures on their findings.
“The NEH Younger Scholars program offers a unique challenge to high-school and undergraduate college students early in their academic careers,” NEH Chairman Lynne V. Cheney said in a statement announcing the winners.
“We at the endowment take pride in cultivating the seeds of their intellectual curiosity.”