The NHS Scholarship

About the Program

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).

2018–19 Application Process

  • October 1—NHS Scholarship application process opens. NHS advisers must download the application procedures here and distribute to senior members in good standing. 
  • December 10—Student applications due
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED -December 17—Deadline for recommendations

2018–19 Award Distribution

575 national semifinalists – $3,200 scholarship
24 national finalists – $5,625 scholarship
1 national winner – $25,000 scholarship
600 total recipients

NHS Scholarship Webinars for Students and Advisers

Students: How to Shine in Your Scholarship Applications

Watch this on demand webinar to get tips and best practices for transforming your service and leadership experiences into compelling stories for your scholarship application.

NHS Scholarship Webinar for Advisers

Learn about the application and selection process, as well as tips on how to best support your students and write your recommendations.

NHS Scholarship Fund

The National Honor Society Scholarship Fund has been established to support and grow the prestigious National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship program.

NHS is the oldest and best-known student recognition program. For nearly 100 years, NHS members have been making a difference in their schools and communities through their scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Alumni include celebrated individuals from all walks of life, including the arts and sciences, government, education, medicine, the military, politics, and athletics.

To recognize the most outstanding NHS members, the organization has been awarding its respected NHS Scholarship to hundreds of students every year-helping make their higher education aspirations more affordable.

Donate to the NHS Scholarship Fund

NASSP is committed to growing the NHS Scholarship program in response to the dire need to increase college access and student success, providing additional resources to help students and families face the rising costs of higher education.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

All NHS members also have access to NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search tool powered by College Board. This tool expedites the scholarship search process, offering filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Use the tool at

Link to NHS Scholar Dollars