Scholarship FAQ

What does “get verified” mean?

  • Once a student creates their account on the NHS website a notification is sent to the student’s adviser to verify that they are an NHS member in good standing. Once verified, the student can login to complete and submit the NHS Scholarship application online. Unverified students will not have access to the NHS Scholarship application.

What does “good standing” mean?

  • NHS seniors “in good standing” are active members of the current graduating class who are up to date on their NHS chapter obligations (GPA, service activities, meeting the chapter’s expectations for character and leadership). Students should refer to their NHS chapter’s bylaws for what constitutes “good standing” and check with their NHS advisers to confirm they meet all membership obligations.

What is an ideal candidate?

  • An ideal applicant for the NHS Scholarship will:
    • Demonstrate a service mindset by seeking out and voluntarily fulfilling needs to help others.
    • Commit to learning, growing, and making the most of educational opportunities.
    • Take ownership and responsibility as a leader, in title or in action, in school and community.
    • Display perseverance, honesty, integrity, and ethical and compassionate decision-making.

What will I be asked to provide in the scholarship application?

  • While completing the application, applicants will be asked to:
    • Provide detailed information about activities and experiences related to scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
    • Request an Adviser Certification from their NHS Adviser, which acts as a short recommendation form and confirms the applicant is currently in good standing with a local NHS chapter. The adviser certification must be completed in the application portal and no external documents or communications will be accepted.
    • Request a Recommendation from one non-adviser, non-family member adult who can speak to the applicant’s commitment to the pillars of NHS. The recommendation must be completed in the application portal and no external documents or communications will be accepted.

When are scholarship recipients announced?

  • Scholarship recipients and chapter advisers will be notified in March via email. To receive the scholarship, recipients must complete a Scholarship Acceptance Form. Applicants that are not selected to receive a scholarship will be notified via email following the scholarship acceptance deadline.

How much are the individual awards this year?

  • 575 National Semifinalists will receive $3,200
  • 24 National Finalists will receive $5,625 and an all-expense paid trip to DC for Trailblazing Leadership Week
  • 1 National Finalist will receive $25,000 and an all-expense paid trip to DC for Trailblazing Leadership Week

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. Checks or unused funds cannot be made payable to the individual recipient.

Is the NHS Scholarship renewable?

  • The NHS Scholarship is a non-renewable award for undergraduate educational expenses.

Where can NHS Scholarship funds be used and what can they be used for?

  • Funds may be used at a U.S. college or university, military institute, or trade school towards qualified education expenses for undergraduate studies. Funds can be used for tuition and fees required for enrollment, as well as course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment.

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