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Students will be inducted on Tuesday, Nov. 10

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

  • A webinar series to give an insider's view of the college admission planning process
  • A member-only scholarship search tool
  • A virtual college fair, allowing attendees to "visit" multiple colleges and universities online from their computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Virtual college application essay writing workshops step viewers through the entire writing process to help produce an application that truly stands out from the rest

HISTORY

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) officially established NHS in 1921. Though many local and regional honor societies existed prior to 1921, no nationwide organization had been founded. Under the leadership of Dr. Edward Rynearson, principal of the Fifth Avenue High School in Pittsburgh, the organization grew from the original Alpha Chapter at the Fifth Avenue School to more than 1,000 chapters by 1930. Equipped with a constitution, an emblem and motto, and a group of dedicated principals as coordinators, the new NHS organization quickly developed into one of the country's leading educational groups.

Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.

Excited to learn about membership in the National Honor Society? We don’t blame you! Much more than an honor roll, NHS is a distinctive multifaceted learning experience that provides a solid and meaningful foundation for life. There is only one National Honor Society. Learn more about the many facets of membership.
The competitive environment for college admission can be especially overwhelming. Moreover, the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. That’s why the National Honor Society has partnered with those who are truly “in the know” to help students and parents navigate this often complex process.
All NHS members also have access to NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search tool powered by College Board. This tool expedites the scholarship search process, offering filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Use the tool at www.nhs.us/scholardollars.