Polk County Early College English teacher Heather Wright has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wright will participate in “Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays” with the Theatre for a New Audience. The two-week program will be held at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, NY.

The NEH is a federal agency that, each summer, supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities and cultural institutions so that teachers can study with experts in humanities disciplines. Teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

The approximately 512 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach almost 64,000 American students the following year.