The NHS Scholarship

Since 1946, more than $19 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).

The 2021–22 NHS Scholarship application process is now open. Eligible senior NHS members must have a verified NHS student account in order to submit an application. Learn more about student accounts, review our FAQs and review the Application Guides below to familiarize yourself with the application process.

The scholarship deadline is December 1, 2021 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Normal business hours for responding to inquiries are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). NASSP, the national office of NHS, will be closed Wednesday, November 24 thru Friday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. For assistance with the scholarship application, and program questions not addressed in the scholarship guides and FAQs, email [email protected]. During this time, please be patient as staff work to respond to your inquiries.


  • NHS Scholarship application process opens: Friday, October 1, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (ET).
  • NHS Scholarship deadline: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Award selection notification: April 2022 (nonrecipients will be notified after the acceptance deadline).
  • Scholarship acceptance deadline: June 1, 2022
  • Scholarship disbursement: Early August 2022.

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

Application Guides:

NHS Scholarship Application Overview
NHS Scholarship Student Application Guide
NHS Scholarship Adviser Application Guide
NHS Scholarship Recommender Guide
NHS Scholarship Student Webinar (Recording)
NHS Scholarship Student Webinar (PowerPoint Deck)

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.

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NHS and NJHS members have exclusive access to an annual college readiness webinar series, featuring leading experts on a variety of topics.

You can visit the College Greenlight and College Board Big Future sites for comprehensive free information and also peruse NASSP’s Approved Contests, Activities list.

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