NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nominations to Open for NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award
The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award nomination process will open on January 30. The program will recognize 500 exceptional NJHS students each with a $500 award to be placed in a college savings account, program managed by OppenheimerFunds. Work with your principal to identify exceptional chapter members to give them a head start on college savings. Chapters can nominate as many members as they wish. Here is a link to a self-assessment form you can download and distribute to members you may consider nominating. The form is solely for your use in preparing the student’s nomination. Forms are not to be returned to the national office by the student or the adviser. The deadline for nominations is March 13. Recipients will be notified in the spring.
Reminder: NHS Scholarship Application Deadlines Weeks Away
Hopefully, your senior members have taken advantage of the opportunity to apply for an NHS Scholarship. A total of $1 million will be shared by 400 members! The application deadline for students is right around the corner: February 1. Adviser, principal, and faculty recommendations must be submitted by February 10. Please review the application instructions for the 2016-17 NHS Scholarship program and distribute the instructions to all eligible seniors and your school principal, if you haven’t already done so.
More Ways to Search for Scholarships
NHS members can also use a customized scholarship search tool, NHS Scholar Dollars, to assist them with efficiently identifying scholarships based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. A short how-to video is provided on the site to familiarize parents and students with the tool’s functions. Encourage your members and their parents to take advantage of this free utility today!
Share the Love with the Global Citizenship Student Leadership Initiative
We continue to seek entries for the #MakingGlobalChange Instagram contest. This is your chapter’s chance to show how members are making a difference with their involvement in the NASSP Student Leadership Initiative on Global Citizenship. Each month through the end of the year, one entry will be chosen and the entrant will be able to designate a $100 gift to a charity of choice in the name of the school or chapter. Let your members know, too, that we continue to seek students to register as global change ambassadors. These are individuals who would like to take a leadership role in a project and help get the word out about this significant movement involving more than one million students around the world. Thank you for sharing this information with them.
LEAD Conferences Registration Deadlines Approaching
Deadlines for registering for the upcoming LEAD Conferences in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, IL are fast approaching. LEAD DC will take place February 3–5. The deadline for registering is January 13. LEAD Chicago takes place February 10–12. The early bird registration deadline is January 13, and the regular registration deadline is January 27. Visit the website today to learn more about how your Honor Society members can benefit from experiencing a LEAD Conference.
Outstanding Service Project Award Applications Due
Do you have a project that deserves national recognition? Enter it in the Outstanding Service Project (OSP) award program. The deadline for applications is February 28. The OSP awards will recognize 10 NHS and 10 NJHS chapters that have made significant service contributions at the local level. Please visit the OSP section of the NHS and NJHS websites for more information and apply today. Selected schools will be notified in May 2017.
Who Will be the National Advisers of the Year?
Each year, the national office recognizes the extraordinary energy and commitment involved in being an Honor Society adviser. The Rynearson National Adviser of the Year program honors those advisers who go above the beyond. One NHS and one NJHS adviser will be selected as the recipients of the 2016-17 award. Visit the NHS or NJHS website for the application and more information. Nominate yourself or ask your principal to nominate you. Applications are due February 15.
HONOR SOCIETY TIPS AND TOOLS
Promote Your Chapter
If your chapter or an individual member has done something truly spectacular, share it! The Adviser Resource Center on the NHS and NJHS websites features a section devoted to helping you promote the activities and accomplishments of your chapter. From working with local media organizations, to tips on effectively using social media, this section will help you spread the word about your chapter and your members’ contributions to their school and community.
NATIONAL STUDENT PROJECT DATABASE
There are more than 5,000 project ideas available at your fingertips! Log in now to the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and to submit your own successful projects!
Reminder: Please enter only projects that have been completed by your chapter, not proposed project ideas. Include project dates and photos (if you have them) along with your project description.
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