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Chase Hartman recognizedfor superior dedicationand achievement by National Society of High School Scholars

ATLANTA, GA – November 20, 2022 - National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced Chase Hartman from Tampa, FL has been selected as a $10,000 Be More Fund Grant Winner of the esteemed organization. Through the Be

More Fund, NSHSS provides $100,000 in seed money annually to 10 top innovators who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to world betterment. The announcement was made by NSHSSCo-founder and President James W. Lewis.

"On behalf of NSHSS and our co-founder Claes Nobel, a member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, I am proud to recognize the hard work, passion, and commitment that Chase Hartman has demonstrated to achieve this exceptional level of excellence," said Lewis. "Chase Hartman is now a member of a unique community of innovators — a community that represents our very best hope for the future."

"We are proud to provide lifetimemembership to young scholars to support their growth and development," stated Lewis. "We also help educators foster academic success by connecting them with learning experiences and resources to help with meaningful initiatives in their classrooms and schools. The Be More Fund is just one of the unique opportunities that we offer to our NSHSS membersand educators to recognizeand promote the incredible work they are doing."

Chase, 16, a junior at Sickles High School plans to use the grant money to purchase 3500 books-with-diversity for students in 4 local elementary schools as well as Little Free Libraries for the schools.

“I feel it’s so important for kids to see themselves in the books they read so they can better relate to the characters, enjoy the process of reading more, and build stronger literacy skills,” said Hartman. “I focus on providing books highlighting minority characters and various cultures and experiences to promote diversity and inclusion. This award is going to make a big impact on local students.”

Hartman co-founded a non-profit called Eco Brothers, Inc. and an award-winning book distribution project called “read.repeat.” and has been focused on improving literacy rates and helping the environment for the past 6 years. He’s collected and distributed more than 200,000 new and used books and impacted the lives of more than 45,000 students in Hillsborough County, Florida.

Chase champions the need for more books-with-diversity and dual language books in local Title-1 schools and has worked to raise more than $110,000 to support this cause as well as various environmental projects.

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NSHSS is the premier honors and scholarship program co-founded by Claes Nobel, a member of the Nobel Prizefamily, and James W. Lewis.NSHSS offers a lifetime of benefits, pairing the highest performing students worldwide with high school and college scholarships, events, connections, internships, and career opportunities that begin in high school and carry on through college and careers. For more information, visit


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