Scholarship FAQ

Who can apply?
High school seniors who are 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.

What does “good standing” mean?
The phrase “seniors in good standing” generally means members of the current graduating class who are continuing to meet the standards by which they were selected for membership and who are up to date on their chapter obligations. Members should check with their NHS advisers to confirm they are meeting all membership obligations.

How can NHS members apply?
NHS advisers will be able to access application information on the NHS website in the fall. Each adviser is responsible for distributing the application procedures to eligible senior members. If you are eligible to apply, please speak with your adviser to obtain the application instructions.

Members may begin the online application process on October 1, 2018. All applications must be accompanied by three recommendations—one from the NHS adviser, one from the school principal, and a third from a faculty member of the student’s choice. Applications are not considered complete unless all components (the student application and three recommendations) have been completed and submitted by the published deadlines.

What are the application dates and deadlines for NHS Scholarship Program?
The 2018–19 NHS Scholarship application process is now closed. Recipients of the 2019 NHS Scholarships and advisers and principals will be notified in April. The full list of recipients will be posted online in May 2019.

Where can I find my affiliation number? 
Your affiliation number is available in your NASSP online account:

  • Click on My account
  • Click on the School name and the affiliation number will be on your dashboard.

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 winners announced?
Notification letters are mailed to winners and their principals in April. Chapter advisers are notified via email. Winners are also announced on our Scholarship Program page in June. 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 will be mailed to applicants’ home addresses in August by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS). Applicants should be sure to list their complete mailing address on their application. ISTS is a private company contracted by NASSP to handle the processing of NHS Scholarship applications and NHS Scholarship funds.

Is the scholarship renewable?
No, this is a one-time award.

Do NHS Scholarships expire?
Yes. Scholarships expire after four years.

Can I defer my scholarship award distribution?
Yes, however the funds must be claimed within four years. Requests to defer must be made by emailing ISTS at or by mail:
National Honor Society Scholarship
1321 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37217

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 notify ISTS at or send notice to:
National Honor Society Scholarship
1321 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 800
Nashville, TN 37217

I plan on attending an international college or university. Can I still receive the award?
The award must be used at a U.S. college or university.

I am a member of the National Honor Society, but I am not a citizen of the United States. Am I eligible for an NHS Scholarship?
You may apply and may be selected regardless of your citizenship status. However, you must attend a U.S. college or university to receive this award.

Who can I contact regarding general questions about the NHS Scholarship Program?
Questions may be posed to Elancia Felder, program manager for the NHS Scholarship, at

During the application process, all technical questions about the online application process, account access, or submission questions should be referred to ISTS at or 877-960-3439.