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.

How do I learn more about the NHS Scholarship application?

Review the online Scholarship Application Guides and attend our NHS Scholarship student webinar on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

For NHS advisers, 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 who create an account, 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 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

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 meet all membership obligations.

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

The application dates and deadlines for the 2021–22 program year are as follows:

  • October 1, 2021: Application process opens.
  • December 1, 2021: Deadline for student application, adviser certification, and one recommendation. All completed materials must be submitted by 1:00 p.m. (ET) on the deadline date. Applicants are responsible for verifying that all materials have been submitted.
  • June 1, 2022: Deadline for accepting the scholarship and any updates to mailing address or institution name.

When are scholarship recipients announced?

Recipients and chapter advisers are notified in April 2022. Recipients are also announced on our NHS Scholarship program page in May. Applicants not selected to receive an award will be notified via email following the award acceptance deadline.

How do winners receive their award payments?

Scholarship checks are mailed to recipients’ college/university, and made payable to the designated institution, in late July/early August 2022. Checks cannot be made payable to the individual recipient. Recipients will be asked to provide mailing information on their Scholarship Acceptance Form.

There is a $25 processing fee on checks that have to be reissued due to incorrect information, or a change in institution following disbursement.

Learn more about how outside scholarships impact financial aid awards here.

Is the scholarship renewable?

No, this is a one-time award for undergraduate educational expenses.

If a recipient decides to attend a different school than the one provided on their acceptance form, whom should they notify?

Please email [email protected] by June 15, 2022 with any changes.

Where can these funds be used? What can the funds be used for?

Funds may be used at a U.S. college or university, military institute, or trade school towards expenses for undergraduate studies. Funds can be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, equipment, course materials and supplies from the campus bookstore. The scholarship payments are issued to the institution and are not made payable to the individual recipient. Unused funds cannot be paid to the recipient for personal use.

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, they are still eligible to apply for, and possibly be awarded, a scholarship.

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

Please send program questions to [email protected].


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