The NHS Scholarship

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).

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 NHS Scholarship. Please read the information below before proceeding to the scholarship application.

View detailed information about the application process in the NHS Scholarship Application Guides:

Eligible senior NHS members can also learn more about the application process by watching this NHS Scholarship webinar on demand.


  • Must be a current high school senior graduating with the class of 2021
  • Must be an active NHS member in good standing with a verified student account
  • Must be enrolled at a school with an active NHS chapter.
  • Must be planning to enroll at a U.S. college or university in Fall 2021

How to Apply:

  • Senior NHS Members must create a student account.
  • NHS advises must verify each student account, which grants the member access to the NHS Scholarship application. Members will receive an email confirming verification of their student account.
    • Important: Do not attempt to log into the application site until you receive confirmation that your NHS adviser has verified your account. You will not be able to access the application.
  • All applications must be accompanied by one recommendation, and a certification by the NHS adviser by the deadline in order to be considered complete. Incomplete applications are not evaluated.
  • All applications, including the certification and recommendation, are due by 5 pm ET on Tuesday, December 1.

Ready to apply? Just login with your verified student account to get started.

Click here to access the NHS Scholarship application!


  • NHS Scholarship Application process opens: Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 9 a.m. (ET)
  • NHS Scholarship Deadline: Tuesday, December 1 at 5 p.m. (ET).
  • Award Selection Notification: April 2021
  • Scholarship acceptance or deferral request deadline: July 1, 2021
  • Scholarship Disbursement: Checks are mailed in early August 2021.

Award Distribution:

1 National Winner – $25,000 scholarship
24 national finalists – $5,625 scholarship
575 national semifinalists – $3,200 scholarship
Total scholarships awarded: 600

Total 2021 scholarship distribution: $2 million

Additional Scholarship Information:

The National Honor Society is committed to helping students achieve their secondary education goals, and provides the following resources to students and their families to help with the planning process.

Prepare for College from the Comfort of your Home Computer
NHS and NJHS members have exclusive access to an annual college readiness webinar series, featuring leading experts on a variety of topics.

Looking for the NHS Scholar Dollars tool? We recently retired it and are looking into new ways to bring more scholarship resources to students in our networks. In the interim, please visit the College Greenlight and College Board Big Future sites for comprehensive free information and also peruse NASSP’s Approved Contests, Activities list.

Search for Additional Scholarships