How to Become an NHS Member

If your school had a chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) when you were in high school, you knew that an invitation to membership was the pinnacle of prestige and honor.

As the oldest, largest, and most respected student recognition program, it’s still true. Membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) may be an ideal opportunity if your student is ambitious and a particularly high achiever.

How Can Your Student Become an NHS Member?

First, you will need to learn if your child’s school has an NHS chapter. If so, check with the school’s main office or website to identify the chapter adviser. The adviser is a faculty member who will be able to tell you the cumulative GPA required for consideration and a timeline when students who meet this benchmark will be invited to submit information to be considered for membership.

If your school does not have a chapter, encourage your principal to learn how to start a chapter. (Please note that NHS membership is managed solely through the school and its chapter membership guidelines. The NHS national office does not contact students individually.)

Eligibility Requirements

Students in grades 10–­­12 who meet the requirements for membership outlined by their school’s chapter are eligible to be invited for membership.

Each chapter is required to publish its qualifications for membership, which is based on the four pillars of NHS:

  • Scholarship
    Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
  • Service
    This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • Leadership
    Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character
    The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.

Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete a form detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, and character.

Understanding the Obligations of Membership
Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. For example, there will be chapter meetings. The chapter bylaws should articulate the yearly meeting schedule and member attendance obligations. Members also must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community. Contact the chapter adviser to obtain a full list of the obligations of membership for the school’s chapter.