Every year, the NHA gives out awards to graduating seniors from Nantucket High School:
- The Erwin L. Greenberg Book Award was established in 2003 in honor of Erwin L. Greenberg, a former NHA trustee, by a group of his friends to recognize his affection for Nantucket Island and its history. The award recognizes a Nantucket High School senior who has exhibited strong interest and achievement in history, particularly Nantucket history.
- The Nantucket Historical Association Scholarship is awarded to a student who is pursuing a degree in the humanities and has also demonstrated a commitment to Nantucket’s community through volunteer time and initiatives.
The 2017 committee (made up of local NHA board of trustees members) was so impressed by the applicants that they awarded two students with the NHA Scholarship.
The 2017 Recipients
Erwin L. Greenberg Book Award & NHA Scholarship
Jacob Aloisi was born and raised on Nantucket by his parents Lynne and Sam Aloisi. During his time at NHS, he served as a class officer and captain of the swim team. Always drawn to the ocean, Jacob will be attending the United States Coast Guard Academy as a cadet after graduating NHS with honors this past spring.
Sonya Martel was born on the island to a family of Nantucket natives and always felt fortunate to grow up in such a supportive community. Sonya has tried to stay close to her native roots by studying Nantucket’s history, and by volunteering in community events. In August of 2017, she will begin her studies at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.