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Bureau Valley student named semi-finalist for NHS Scholarship – Shaw Local

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The National Honor Society has announced that Josie Edlefson, a high school student at Bureau Valley High School and member of the NHS, has been selected as a semifinalist for the NHS Scholarship.

Since 1946, more than $25 million in scholarships have been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members to support college access and student success. The scholarship program is supported by NHS parent organization, the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

In the more than one hundred years since NHS was founded in 1921, members have made a difference in their schools and communities, and the NHS Scholarship is NASSP’s way of recognizing the most exceptional of these student leaders. Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work supporting the four pillars of the NHS: science, service, leadership and character.

More than 43,000 students from 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and 41 other countries started the application process and only 600 NHS seniors received scholarships. From 3.6% of all applications submitted, Edlefson was selected as a semifinalist and awarded $3,200 to further her education.

Edlefson is Bureau Valley High School’s first NASSP Scholarship recipient since its founding in 2012. The last time this scholarship was awarded to a graduating Bureau County senior was in 2017 to Erin Hosto of La Moille High School.

Edlefson’s application to the National Honor Society was filled with commitment that spoke highly of her character within the school and local communities. At a young age, Edlefson was diagnosed with an illness that required close monitoring. She never let that stop her. In fact, Edlefson saw that as an opportunity to advocate for herself and other young individuals in her state. She has even gone so far as to stand behind the governor of Illinois when he signed a new law.

Edlefson serves as secretary of the Bureau Valley NHS chapter. She serves as historian for the school’s FFA chapter and as secretary of her class office. She participates in softball, drama and Spanish Club. Edlefson serves as a youth ambassador for JDRF and was a delegate to the Children’s Congress. She also helps with the gala and the Type 1 Nation Summit.

Edlefson is truly amazing in the volunteer work she does outside of school to help other children feel supported in their own health journeys, said co-counselor Sarah Clark of Bureau Valley High School.

“Given her list of involvements, she has shown real perseverance. Josie’s demonstration of character goes beyond words,” Clark said in a press release. “She is truly amazing at her job and dedication to her school and community.”

Edlefson plans to attend Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin to pursue a specialty in child life. She plans to continue her service after graduation and work with children and families to reduce the stress and anxiety of their own medical challenges. To learn more about the NHS and the service work thousands of students like Edlefson do across the country, visit nationalhonorsociety.org.