Scholarship FAQ

Who can apply?

High school seniors who are active National Honor Society (NHS) members in good standing of an affiliated NHS chapter are eligible to apply for the scholarship. There are no limits to the number of applications per chapter.

Students’ NHS membership must first be verified by their adviser after the member creates a Student Account on the NHS website. After verification, members use their login to access the NHS Scholarship Application.

What is the difference between membership verification and scholarship application certification?

Verification—NHS advisers verify that the student who has created an account on the NHS website is a member of their chapter. Advisers should verify all members of their chapter. This is done regardless of the member’s standing in the chapter (in good standing, on probation, etc.) and their eligibility for the NHS scholarship. Unverified members cannot access the NHS Scholarship application.

Certification—This is exclusive to the NHS Scholarship application process. Each NHS adviser must certify that the member is in good standing, currently a senior enrolled at their high school, and submit that certification by 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, December 10.

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What does “good standing” mean?

The phrase “seniors in good standing” pertains to active members of the current graduating class who are up to date on their chapter obligations (GPA, service activities, meeting the chapter’s expectations for character and leadership.) Refer to your NHS chapter bylaws for what constitutes “good standing.” Members should check with their NHS advisers to confirm they are meeting all membership obligations.

What are the application dates and deadlines for NHS Scholarship application process?

The application dates and deadlines for the 2019-2020 program year were as follows:

  • October 1, 2019—Application process opens.
  • December 6, 2019—Deadline for student applications. After this date, student applications are “read-only.” No changes may be made.
  • December 10, 2019—Deadline for adviser certification and two recommendations.

All completed materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PST on the deadline date. Applicants are responsible for verifying that all materials have been submitted.

With regard to financial need as a consideration, do students have to receive free or reduced-price lunch in order to apply for the scholarship?

Students do not have to be participating in the National School Lunch Program, but they must meet the income eligibility requirements if they indicate eligibility on their application. The response to eligibility is optional, it is not required. It is important to note that scholarship selection is based on the four pillars of NHS—scholarship, service, leadership, and character—and financial need is also a consideration.  The indication of need is not exclusionary. If a student does not demonstrate financial need, he/she is still eligible to apply for, and possibly be awarded, a scholarship.

When are scholarship recipients announced?

Notifications are sent to recipients in April, 2020. Chapter advisers are also notified via email. Recipients are also announced on our Scholarship Program page in May. Applicants not selected to receive an award will be notified via email following the award acceptance deadline of non-recipient status.

How do winners receive their award payments?

Scholarship checks are mailed to applicants’ home addresses in August by NASSP. Recipients will be asked to provide detailed information about their destination institution upon receiving the award.

Is the scholarship renewable?

No, this is a one-time award.

Do NHS Scholarships expire?

Yes. Scholarships expire after four years.

Can I request to defer my scholarship award distribution?

Yes, however the funds must be claimed within four years. Requests to defer must be made by emailing

Are students required to use their entire award during their freshman year of college?

No, though they will receive the full amount of the award during their freshman year. The recipient and his/her college or university may decide how much of the amount to apply toward their freshman year.

If a recipient decides to attend a different school than the one provided with the application, whom should he or she notify?

Please email

I plan on attending an international college or university. Can I still receive the award?

Please email with your specific request.

Who can I contact regarding general questions about the NHS Scholarship Program?

Please send program questions to