Wednesday, 9 May 2007


Another letter I received today.

March 30, 2007 (why so long ago?)

Dear Abigail,

Congratulations. Based on your outstanding academic achievement at your high school, you have been nominated for membership in The National Society of High School Scholars. Your hard work has placed you among a select group of students nd has earned you this invitation to join other outstanding high school scholars in recognition of dedication to excellence.

My family established the Nobel prizes that reward individuals and organizations for world betterment. I welcome you and your family to this tradition of excellence and invite you to mark this legacy with an inauguration to out academic Society, an honour that will last a lifetime. In forging this honor Society, we have gathered a powerful advisory board comprised of Nobel laureates and other luminaries, such as famed writer Maya Angelou, and Colleen Barrett, president of Southwest Airlines.

Membership in the Society provides a special opportunity for you to distinguish yourself based on outstanding scholastic achievement and academic excellence. This recognition and honour lasts a lifetime. Your personalized membership certificate, bearing the Society crest and my signature, should be proudly displayed as testament to your achievement. The Society also provides members with a variety of opportunities and resources, incuding access to scholarships, leadership development programs, and service activities.

As you prepare your university applications, you may list your selection and membership in the Society as one of your significant accomplishments. According to member Laurel Angelica, "I feel that NSHSS was instrumental in helping me gain admission to my first-choice college, Princeton University." Your hard work should also be formally recognized and given the weight it deserved during the application process.

Membership in the Society is by invitation only. To accept, please complete the enclosed member confirmation form and return it to our national headquarters with the one-time membership fee of $45.00 by April 30, 2007.

If your family suffers a financial hardship, please be aware that the Society also offers fee waivers. Although we use each student's membership fee for the support of the Society, including all costs associated with nomination, benefits, scholarships, technology support, etc., we would not want to exclude any qualified student on a solely financial basis.

I look forward to welcoming you as a new member of the Society. On behalf of the entire advisory board and myself, I would like to congratulate you and your family.

Claes Nobel

P.S. Please respond by the membership deadline of April 30, 2007.

I didn't receive this letter until today, the 9th of May 2007!! Did I miss it?

And to think that I had to beg to enter UWA... and they didn't allow me in, in the end.

I also received 3 other scholarships to the USA. But unfortunately they arrived AFTER I started uni in Murdoch! I think it is because the term in the US start in a weird time of the year.

But it is nice to feel special anyway. And wanted. :D

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