Scholarships and Awards

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 graduating senior of Nantucket High School who is pursuing a four-year college degree and has also demonstrated a commitment to Nantucket’s community through volunteer time and initiatives.

The 2019 committee, made up of local NHA board of trustees members, was so impressed by this year’s applicants that they awarded two seniors each with a $1,000 scholarship.

2019 NHA Scholarship Recipients

Young woman standing on the beach.Tahlia Francis has lived on Nantucket Island since she was two days old, after being born in Boston, MA.  Tahlia lives with her mother, Heather Francis, her father Devon Francis, and her brother Dj Francis.  She has participated in both field hockey and tennis, for the school sports program.  Tahlia has been involved in the drama club, SAFEE, and the crime and conspiracy club.  Tahlia has been working with Alex Rosenberg, at the new Intermediate School, for her school to career course.  Tahlia chose to work with Alex to expose herself to social work, and the mental health issues children are facing. In August of 2019, Tahlia is very excited to attend Penn State University, and major in nursing. Her long term goal is to obtain a Master’s degree in Nursing as a  Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Young woman standing infront of ivy.Britney Anderson was born and raised on Nantucket. I have been the president of the Diversity club and co-president of the Black Student Movement club during high school. In addition to these positions, I have been a student council member and youth group president. I enjoy volunteering around the island. I have always loved art and desired to have a career in the field. I will be attending my dream school, Parsons School of Design in New York City this fall.

Erwin L. Greenberg Book Award & NHA Scholarship

Marta Saravia has been a participant in the NHA high school intership program and a was a finalist for the Nantucket Golf Club scholarship.  She plans on attending Saint Anslem College to study international relations and law.

2018 NHA Scholarship Recipients

Kayla Hudzik, 2018 NHA Scholarship RecipientKayla E. Hudzik born and raised on Nantucket by her parents, Thomas Hudzik and Jane Ziesing. Kayla has a great appreciation for Nantucket’s history, her community and enjoys giving back too by volunteering her time with various local organizations. In August of 2018, she will begin her studies at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Caroline Richards, 2018 NHA Scholarship RecipientCaroline Richards has lived on Nantucket since she was two with her mom Laurie and her younger brother Mookie. During her time at NHS Caroline was president of her class for three years, captain of her sailing and soccer teams and editor-in-chief of Veritas. After high school, she is excited to be attending Trinity College in Hartford, CT.


Erwin L. Greenberg Book Award & NHA Scholarship

Cristian Calderon

2017 Recipients

NHA Scholarship

Sonja-Martel, 2017 NHA Scholarship Award WinnerSonya 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.


Erwin L. Greenberg Book Award & NHA Scholarship

Jacob Aloisi, 2017 NHA Scholarship and Greenberg Book Award WinnerJacob 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.


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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