National Honor Society Scholarships
National Honor Society Scholarships range from the top award of $25,000 to the semi-finalist awards of $3,200 with a total of $2 million dollars earned by college-bound students!
Many scholarship searching students are members of the NHS, the National Honor Society, so learning how to apply in a way that is different from other applicants is crucial.
Students need to carefully heed these guidelines when writing their essay, “Explain how the four pillars of NHS membership—scholarship, service, leadership, and character—have shaped your high school experience and postsecondary aspirations. This is where we want to hear a personal journey from you about the way NHS has impacted you. Include specific examples. You may type your essay into the application or type it in another document and paste it into the text box. This section has a 1,000 character limit.”
Note: Do not confuse character limit with word count as I share in this tip.
Be sure to read: How to Write an Amazing Scholarship Essay
There are very four very detailed NHS Scholarship Application Guides that MUST be read and followed to apply correctly and within the required timelines.
Students need to begin the applying process as early as possible to give their NHS advisors and letter of recommendation writers time to submit their required materials.
Since 1946, more than $15 million in scholarships has been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members. The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
The 2019–20 NHS Scholarship application opens on October 1 each year.
How to Apply
- Senior members of an active NHS chapter who are in good standing are eligible to apply for an NHS Scholarship.
- NHS Members must create a student account before they can access the NHS Scholarship application.
- The NHS adviser must verify the student’s membership before the student can begin the application.
- Verified NHS members may start the NHS Scholarship application beginning on October 1.
- All applications require two recommendations, and certification by the NHS adviser in order to be considered complete. Incomplete applications are not evaluated.
11:59 pm PST on December 6, 2019 – The student portion of the application is due.
11:59 pm PST on December 10, 2019 – All recommendations (two) and adviser certification is due.
Go here to apply for the NHS Scholarships:
FAQ: Does being in the National Honor Society help win scholarships?
Answer: The interesting thing about the NHS is that even though it is a national organization, the rules for which students can be members and the guidelines for membership vary for each high school in the United States. Some schools have very strict guidelines, GPA requirements, and service hour commitments and others do not. Because of this, NHS membership alone will not guarantee that students will win more scholarships than non-NHS members.
That being said, the experiences that students may have when volunteering to complete their NHS hours can be priceless and give them very personal details to share when writing their scholarship essays. Along with this, the connections they may make with leaders of various organizations while volunteering can result in very high-quality letters of recommendation to be used for scholarship applications. This article shares how all three of my boys used their community service projects to help others, gain NHS hours, and apply for even more scholarships than most high school students. Volunteering opens up many scholarship opportunities for students!
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