The National Society of High School ScholarsNSHSS

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  • NSHSS  

    Founded in 2002, NSHSS has inducted over 1 million members from over 160 countries, with more than 100,000 new scholars joining annually. NSHSS recognizes academic excellence among high-achieving scholars, offering a wide array of resources supporting transitions from high school to college, and college to career.  

2002

NSHSS is founded by Claes Nobel and James Lewis

  • The Society was established in order to continue Mr. Nobel's family legacy of recognizing and rewarding excellence.  The mission of the organization is to recognize academic excellence and to encourage members to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world. The Society has now grown to one million members worldwide since its founding.

Claes Nobel attends Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo with President Carter

Mr. Nobel was personally invited by President Jimmy Carter to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony held in Oslo, Norway in December 2002, when he received this prestigious award established by Mr. Nobel's great-uncle Alfred Nobel.  At the invitation of President Carter, NSHSS now holds an annual holiday member recognition event at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia each December.

2003

First Claes Nobel Scholarship Presentation

NSHSS Student Council members are college students selected for their outstanding leadership abilities.  The offer advice to high school members about preparing for and succeeding in college.  They participate in members events and also share their experiences through social media and articles. To date, over 200 students have served on the Council.

NSHSS College Student Council Launched

NSHSS Student Council members are college students selected for their outstanding leadership abilities.  They offer advice to high school members about preparing for and succeeding in college.  They participate in members events and also share their experiences through social media and articles. To date, over 200 students have served on the Council.

2004

First Annual Scholar's Day Celebration is held in the U.S. Senate

NSHSS hosts an annual celebration honoring our scholars and educators in Washington, D.C.  Students, teachers, families, and NSHSS friends and partners gather from all over the world to recognize achievements and to be motivated and inspired by outstanding mentors in the U.S. capital.

NSHSS Educator of Distinction Program is Launched

Each year, members are invited to nominate the one teacher who has made the most difference in their lives - who has inspired them as an outstanding role model.  These dedicated teachers and counselors are recognized as Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction and are celebrated at events. To date, NSHSS has recognized 40,000 Educators of Distinction worldwide.

2005

Robert Sheppard Leadership Award is Launched

Over 1,500 students compete for this prestigious award each year. This scholarship was established in honor of former NSHSS Vice President Robert Sheppard who worked with students for over 20 years and was passionately dedicated to community service.  This scholarship is awarded annually to students who not only participate in community service but demonstrate outstanding dedication and initiative in ongoing projects that better their communities. In 2011 recipient Sarah Cronk was voted by young people across the nation as the youngest person to receive the VH1 "Do Something Award" for her volunteer efforts to encourage young students with disabilities.

2006

NSHSS Members visit Australia and Advisory Board Member Dr. Di Yerbury with Mr. Nobel and Mr. Lewis

NSHSS members were invited to a special Australian adventure, staying at Macquarie University campus in Sydney, Australia; hearing from university professors, and meeting with Dr. Di Yerbury, Vice Chairman Emeritus of Macquarie University, who is the first woman vice chancelor of an Australian university.  

NSHSS Chairman Claes Nobel Delivers Commencement to the School of Law at Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland

Mr. Nobel met with university officials, including Griffith College President Diarmuid Hegarty and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate John Hume, who was awarded Griffith College‘s Distinguished Fellowship Award at the graduation ceremony for students of law. 

First Annual Holiday Member Event at The Carter Presidential Center

NSHSS holds its annual holiday recognition event in December at The Carter Center. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the Atlanta-based Carter Center helps to improve the quality of life for people around the globe.  The annual NSHSS holiday event includes workshops, a college admissions panel, an exclusive college fair, scholarship presentations, and the member and educator recognition program.  The event is attended yearly by over 450 students, educators, and families.

2007

NSHSS Members Meet Nobel Laureate Herbert Kroemer at University of California, Santa Barbara

NSHSS members meet Nobel Laureate Herbert Kroemer, NSHSS Advisory Board member, at event hosted by the University of California, Santa Barbara. NSHSS members and families traveled from across the country to visit the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a member program which celebrated “The Passion of Invention,” a theme inspired by NSHSS Advisory Board member Herbert Kroemer, Nobel Laureate in Physics and UCSB faculty member, who was honored for his semiconductor research. UCSB

Chancellor Henry Yang hosted the event and welcomed 500 students and parents to the campus.

Claes Nobel honored at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

Claes Nobel was honored at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, at the 4th annual Artivist Film Festival & Artivist Awards for his commitment to global leadership in environmental ethics and youth outreach and for his inspirational work towards a better world. Since 2004, the Annual Artivist Film Festival concludes with “THE ARTIVIST AWARDS”, honoring the contributions of advocate celebrities, socially conscious filmmakers, and the work of outstanding charitable organizations. Past celebrity advocate recipients include: Peter Fonda, Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, Ted Danson, Olivia Wilde, Mira Sorvino, Alyssa Milano, Kristen Bell, and more; community leaders include: Claes Nobel and Dr. Noel Brown of FOTUN (Friends of the United Nations), and the NGOs Amnesty International, Global Green, Greenpeace, Humane Society of the United States, and among other distinguished leaders.

2008

NSHSS launches its annual Career Survey of Millennials

Each year NSHSS surveys its membership, exploring the opinions of high school students, college students, and young professionals. The findings chart the preferences and attitudes of high-achieving millennials in the areas of career choices, employers, workplace environment, technology, communications, and educational goals.  The findings can help yield better insights into developing strategies for employers regarding generational differences in the workplace and for engaging the emerging talent pipeline.  The survey receives national press coverage each year.

2009

NSHSS Ambassador Program is Launched

NSHSS Ambassadors are high school leaders representing the Society as positive role models in their schools and communities.  Ambassadors volunteer at member events and answer questions about NSHSS opportunities.  NSHSS offers the Ambassador Scholar Award to support college tuition scholarships for outstanding seniors each year who have demonstrated the characteristics of a model Ambassador. Today, about 3,000 students participate in the program. 

2010

NASDAQ Celebrates Claes Nobel's 80th Birthday

Mr. Nobel has been invited to preside over the open or closing bell ceremony at the NASDAQ Stock Market in Times Square each year since 2010. He, along with NSHSS, is showcased for his dedication to encouraging today’s young scholars to become tomorrow’s leaders. Following the bell ringing ceremony, Mr. Nobel meets with scholars and their families in the Times Square NASDAQ reception rooms.

2011

NSHSS Joins the Creative Coalition and Be a STAR Alliance Anti-Bullying Initiative

NSHSS President James Lewis, who serves on the advisory board for this important  initiative, accompanied NSHSS members to the Be A Star  kick-off gala in Washington, DC.  “be a STAR” stands for ‘Show Tolerance And Respect’ and its mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. NSHSS promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.

NSHSS Educator of the Year Program is Launched

The Educator of the Year award is presented annually to an exemplary educator who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preparing students for success in college and in life.  This recipient exemplifies best practices in teaching, is an outstanding role model for peers and students, and demonstrate outstanding leadership and excellence in education.  Our inaugural awardee is English teacher James B. Carmicle, of Hollywood High School in Los Angeles, CA.  NSHSS now recognizes our Top Ten Educators of the Year annually, with one educator selected by a committee of educators for the top spot.

2012

Claes Nobel Delivers Virginia State University Commencement Speech and Accepts Honorary Degree from President Keith Miller

Claes Nobel delivered the commencement address to the Virginia State University graduating class of 2012 on May 13 in Richmond, Virginia, at its 126th commencement ceremony, the largest in its history.  During the ceremony, held at the Richmond Coliseum, University President Keith T. Miller conferred upon Mr. Nobel an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, recognizing him as “a renowned champion of environmental stewardship and youth leadership” who has “continued his family’s legacy of recognizing and rewarding outstanding achievement by launching The National Society of High School Scholars.” 

Claes Nobel Receives Legacy Award from Usher's New Look Foundation

Usher Raymond IV, Founding Chairman of Usher's New Look Foundation, and award-winning musician, honored Mr. Nobel with the New Look Foundation Service Legacy Award during a ceremony closing the 2012 World Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA. He was honored with the Service Legacy Award for his establishment of NSHSS, exemplifying his passionate leadership for youth, environmental stewardship, and his humanitarianism. The star-studded awards ceremony featured an array of public figures and national celebrities with performances from Ludacris and native Atlantan T.I. All performers encouraged the youth to pursue their dreams and work hard to achieve their goals--driving the message of focus on talent, education, career and service back to the community. 

James Lewis Receives Diversity Champion Award at the World Diversity Leadership Summit

James Lewis receives the Diversity Champion Award at the World Diversity Leadership Summit for his work in building a dynamic academic organization that fosters diversity and inclusion. The award was presented at the Summit conference in St. Louis, Missouri, held at the Edward Jones headquarters. The Summit organizers also invited NSHSS scholars to participate in the conference and meet representatives from top corporations and government organizations who gathered to discuss effective global diversity management. 

James Lewis Receives Phoenix Award from the City of Atlanta

The prestigious Phoenix Award was presented to James Lewis on behalf of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed at the NSHSS Holiday Member Event held at The Carter Center.  Mayor Reed said, "Atlanta is truly blessed to say James W. Lewis is one of her own. He gives so much to students and works hard along side of them to set an example for others to give selflessly." 

Stockholm University Hosts Claes Nobel and James Lewis During Nobel Week

Mr. Nobel was invited to return to his native country to share his insights with students during the annual celebrations of Nobel Week in Stockholm, Sweden, where the Nobel Prizes are awarded. On December 6, 2012, Mr. Nobel addressed Swedish and international students participating in their first semester of a Business Administration and Political Science Bachelor’s Program at Stockholm University. During their time in Sweden, Mr. Nobel and Mr. Lewis will also met with Professor Kåre Bremer, President of Stockholm University.

2013

Stockholm University Hosts NSHSS Scholars During Nobel Week

From December 7-10, 2013, Stockholm University hosted a special member event for NSHSS scholars, who traveled from the United States, Canada, Namibia, and South Korea to Stockholm, Sweden, to experience Nobel Week, during which time the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies, the Nobel Lectures, and numerous other festivities took place in honor of the 2013 Nobel Laureates. Stockholm University hosted an array of activities, including visiting the Aula Magna, attending Nobel Prize Laureate lectures at the University, meeting committee members who are responsible for selecting Nobel Prize Laureates, as well as participating in Swedish cultural traditions. NSHSS also provided five travel scholarships for members to travel to Sweden for the activities.

NSHSS Fellows Program is Launched

The NSHSS Fellows Program is an alumni network of NSHSS members who have graduated from college, who are actively involved in the academic, corporate, arts, or non-profit communities across all industries, and who are deeply committed to improving themselves and the communities in which they work and live. All NSHSS members graduating college with an undergraduate degree are automatically eligible for the NSHSS Fellows Program. Today, over 450,000 alumni are eligible to join the Fellows program.

Founders James Lewis and Claes Nobel Attend President Obama’s Second Inauguration

NSHSS scholars joined a group of nearly 2,000 of their peers at the High School Presidential Inaugural Conference held in Washington, D.C., January 19-23, 2013, in conjunction with the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States. NSHSS partner Envision sponsored this unique and historic event, inviting NSHSS Chair Claes Nobel and President James Lewis to address the attendees as honored guests.   Highlights of the conference included the opportunity to be in the middle of the inaugural festivities on the National Mall when the President and Vice President of the United States took their public oaths and were sworn into office.  Notable speakers also included Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. National Security Advisor, and General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Four-star General and Presidential Candidate.

2014

Claes Nobel Receives Humanitarian of the Year Award from SCIP

On April 24, 2014, the Selective Corporate Internship Program (SCIP) presented Mr. Nobel with their prestigious Humanitarian of the Year Award at SCIP's 17th annual gala celebration, “An Evening with the Stars.” SCIP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was founded in 1997 by Monica and Miguel Mancebo to provide intensive, business environment training to talented inner city high school students from New York City and New Jersey. During the gala celebration, Mr. Nobel and James Lewis inducted twenty-five high-achieving scholars participating in the SCIP program into the Society.

2015

The International Services Council

On March 6, 2015, Claes Nobel delivered a keynote speech at the 50th Anniversary Gala of the Huntsville-based International Services Council of Alabama. The International Services Council, now the Global Ties Alabama, is one of 94 non-profit councils in the United States and the only one in Alabama to coordinate visits from international leaders visiting the United States on study tours at the invitation of the U.S. State Department.

2015

2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award

On December 5, 2015, Claes Nobel formally presented the 2014 Claes Nobel World Betterment Award to Dr. William E. Evans, former President and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at The Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Claes Nobel World Betterment Award was established in 2013 to honor outstanding role models for today’s millennials, recognizing individuals who are making exceptional contributions to the promotion of global unity and cultural understanding in their own particular area of influence.

2016

Mr. Nobel at the UN

On February 18, 2016, Claes Nobel addressed 500 youth leaders attending the 2016 Winter Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York City. In his keynote address, Mr. Nobel discussed the power that young people possess to create lasting world change. He viewed the Youth Assembly as an exceptional occasion for diverse young people to discuss the implementation of The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for world betterment.  

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