The NHS Scholarship

2018–19 Application Process

October 1—Online applications open
December 7—Deadline for student applications
December 14—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


2017–18 NHS Scholarship Information

The recipients of the 2017-2018 NHS Scholarship Awards have been announced. View this year’s recipients here.

Award recognition certificates are available here for NHS advisers.

Award and Disbursement Timeline:
July 1—Deadline to accept, decline, or defer award.
July 10 – Deadline to update college/university selection online.
Early August—Scholarship checks mailed to recipients’ home addresses, made payable to the recipient’s designated college or university.

2017–18 Award Distribution

475 national semifinalists – $2,850 scholarship
24 national finalists – $5,150 scholarship
1 national winner – $22,650 scholarship

About the Program

Since 1946, more than $14 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).

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