NCHC Portz Scholars

NCHC institutional members are invited to nominate one paper per institution written by an undergraduate honors student for the Portz Scholars competition. The four NCHC Portz Scholars will be featured at a plenary session at the NCHC Annual Conference in the fall. In addition, each Scholar receives a $350.00 stipend. The NCHC Portz Fund Committee will pay the Scholar’s conference registration fees, and the nominating institution agrees to make a good faith effort to defray travel expenses of the NCHC Portz Scholar.

The nomination form below, a short abstract, a letter of nomination, and a copy of the completed paper must be submitted electronically.

Eligibility: Submitted papers must be the original work of the nominee, an undergraduate student enrolled in the institution’s honors program/college during at least one semester/quarter of the 2020-2021 academic year. Senior theses for students graduating in May are considered eligible, provided that the nominee can attend the November 2021 conference to complete their presentation. Submitted papers have no length requirement or restriction.

2021 NCHC Portz Scholars Nominations

2021 Nominations will open April 1 and close June 8, 2021. Questions should be directed to

Please complete the form below (also found at this link).

2021 Award Adjustments

The 2021 Portz Scholars may receive an opportunity to present their winning paper as part of a virtual event, if the Annual Conference does not take place in person. 2021 Portz Scholars may also be recognized in the fall, as part of a Virtual Award Ceremony. Winners will receive a $350 Scholarship and free registration to the virtual event in lieu of conference registration fees.