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About NSHSS

NSHSS is a membership organization with a mission of recognizing academic excellence among high-achieving students. Through unique learning experiences, exclusive scholarships, valuable internships, international study opportunities and meaningful peer networks, we connect our members with resources to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Serving a diverse member base on a path from high school to college to career, NSHSS helps scholars identify and use the gifts they have been given and equips them for future success.
Claes Nobel is the senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. He helped found NSHSS to continue his family's legacy of recognizing and rewarding contributions to world betterment. He believes the world leaders of tomorrow will emerge from today's youth, and that NSHSS is a platform for young leaders to receive the support needed to change their world. As the chair of the advisory board, Mr. Nobel is personally involved in many of the Society's initiatives. He attends member events, and provides input on the strategic direction of the organization.

As an active membership organization for high-achieving students, NSHSS is not a simple recognition program or vanity press. There is no listing of students published or a book to buy. Through its objective membership process, NSHSS is proud to be an inclusive organization, drawing from a broad, diverse pool of students and offering exclusive benefits and value to its members. Unique participatory activities include academic competitions, national events for members and their families, networking, and volunteer activities.

Membership with NSHSS is an individual membership and is not charted through schools. Being an individual membership is what allows NSHSS to offer a continuity of benefits that extend after high school graduation, into college and beyond. Because it is based on the individual, not the school, it also means that membership remains with the student even if they transfer schools. It also means that any student who qualifies can be a member of NSHSS regardless of their location. Membership is for a lifetime and is not renewed annually.

NSHSS members will continue to enjoy the benefits of membership into their college years and beyond. After high school, members are still able to apply for scholarships, internships, and study abroad opportunities. NSHSS college members also get discounts on textbook rental, and have the opportunity to participate in unique events such as the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and attending the festivities surrounding the Nobel Prize awards in Stockholm.

About Membership

NSHSS works directly with educators and educational organizations to identify students who may qualify. Students who we believe are qualified may be selected to receive an invitation.

Members must be a student in high school and must meet ANY ONE of the criteria below:

 

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
  • Top 10% rank in class
    *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

In 2016, the College Board instituted new exams and new scoring systems for both the SAT and PSAT. Students who have taken the old SAT exam, whose total possible score is 2400, are eligible for membership in NSHSS with a score of 1750 or higher. Under the old PSAT exam, students must have a 200 or higher to be eligible for membership.

Students who take the new SAT exam, or have taken the new exam starting in March 2016, and score a 1280 or higher, (out of a total possible score of 1600), are eligible for membership in NSHSS. Students must score a 1150 or higher on the new PSAT exam to be eligible for membership. 

  • 4.375 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 5.0 scale
  • 5.25 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 6.0 scale
  • B+ Letter Grade Average or higher
  • 90% Percentile Grade Average or higher, on a 100 point scale

Yes, as part of our commitment to inclusivity and our desire to provide the same opportunities for all students, homeschool and online educators may nominate any student for membership who is in high school and meets ANY ONE of the following NSHSS eligibility requirements:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 90 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
  • Top 10% rank in class
    *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted

Qualified students who have been identified as meeting at least one NSHSS eligibility requirement may receive an invitation letter from the Society. You must be selected for membership to join The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Once you receive your invitation, you can join online by accepting your invitation on our website: www.nshss.org/join. If you received your invitation by mail, you also have the option to join by mailing your confirmation card to the address listed on the card.

If you have not received an invitation, but meet one of the criteria listed above, you can ask an educator to nominate you for membership. You may download the student nomination form, print it, have an educator complete it, and return the form to the Society via email.

As a new member, you will receive a membership kit within 15 business days after accepting your invitation. The kit contains:

  • Your membership certificate
  • A welcome letter from NSHSS founder Mr. Claes Nobel with your membership ID number
  • A press release that announces your membership in the Society
  • Information about your benefits and how you can apply for scholarships
  • Information from NSHSS partners and programs
  • Window decal to proudly display NSHSS membership

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Update your profile so you don’t miss any important messages, offers and information and begin exploring the nshss.org website or you can:

  • Put your press release in the local newspaper to announce your membership to the world; announce it on social media
  • Attend an NSHSS member event or college fair 
  • Write an article for the NSHSS Scholars Journal
  • Become an NSHSS Ambassador to tell others at your school about the Society
  • Follow NSHSS on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook to get the latest updates and information

Explore the discounts, scholarships, and other privileges offered by NSHSS partners

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Select “Set Up Your Password” if it is your first time signing in. Once you are in your member dashboard, select “Apply for Scholarships.” Scholarship applications appear on student dashboards only.

If you would like to submit this press release for publication, please contact the editorial department(s) at your local newspaper(s) and/or local magazine. You can easily locate the newspaper and/or magazine online, and contact the editorial department(s) via the email listed on their website. You may submit to multiple newspapers and media outlets if you wish. Following these guidelines will help increase the likelihood of publication:

  • Attach your photo and biographical information, including honors and awards.
  • Provide your contact information so the newspaper or media outlet may easily reach you or your family if they have additional questions.
  • Reproduce multiple copies of the release so that it may be sent to newspapers, radio, television stations, and other local sources.
  • Send a copy of the release to your high school newspaper, parents' company newsletter, and other organizations of which you are a member.
  • Address each to the "Community News Editor."

Please share your press coverage with NSHSS by emailing pr@nshss.org.

You may cancel your membership at any time.However, to receive a refund, you must cancel your membership within 60 days from the time your membership was processed. Membership cancellations can only be processed over the phone. The number to call is 404.235.5500.

To update your member profile or address, go to www.nshss.org and log in to the Member Dashboard of the website. Click "My Profile" and update address, email or any other information required. Alternatively, you can send an email to information@nshss.org and our Member Services team will update your profile.

Invitation Questions

Your personal confirmation code is printed on your confirmation card, on the bottom right corner of your invitation letter or provided on your email invitation. If you do not have your invitation letter or confirmation card, you can email NSHSS headquarters at informaton@nshss.org and an NSHSS team member will assist you.

Any High School educator (teacher, principal, counselor) may nominate high school students (grades 9-12) who meet any ONE of the criteria listed above. Educators can download the Student Nomination Form to nominate students. Educators can nominate students for membership online after registering at /about-nshss/educators/register-as-educator/. After registering, educators can nominate a student here

Merchandise Questions

To update your member profile or address, go to www.nshss.org and log in to the Member Dashboard of the website. Click "My Profile" and update address, email or any other information required. Alternatively, you can send an email to information@nshss.org.

The payment options available for the NSHSS Store are currently Discover, MasterCard and Visa. For estore purchases only, PayPal is an additional option.

Yes. NSHSS honor cords, honor medallions, honor stoles, tassel drops (no tassel included), lapel pins and spirit wear are on our estore and are available exclusively for NSHSS members, their parents and our educators. Before you order your graduation regalia, please check with your Principal or Graduation Coordinator regarding your school’s graduation policy on wearing graduation items. You can also save your graduation regalia for a memento, use them for family photos or have them framed. Graduation items are non-refundable. If you need to return graduation items, we will issue a store credit good for ninety (90) days once we receive the returned merchandise in the same condition it was received. For more information on Graduation Merchandise, see Graduation Merchandise Policy.

All online e-store orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase. You will receive an email (at the email you provided when you joined) with a United States Postal Service, (USPS), and tracking number. You can track your merchandise at www.USPS.com. You can also find a link to your order number and tracking information on your Member Dashboard.

Shipping Options: If you choose Standard Shipping, your order will be processed and leave our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase. It will be shipped to you via USPS First Class Mail. If you choose other services, your order will be shipped to you per your chosen option and you will be able to track it here.

If you have any questions about your order, please email store@nshss.org, and we will respond as quickly as possible. Otherwise, please refer to your email to track your merchandise shipment.

Expedited Shipping: Please be aware that we do NOT offer Overnight shipping unless your order is placed BEFORE 10 AM EST. If you request Expedited Shipping at Checkout and the time is after 10 AM EST, your order will be given top priority and will process and ship via the USPS and should arrive within 3 business days of online credit card purchase. You will receive an email with the tracking number and you will be able to track it here.

What is the Refund, Return or Exchange Policy?

REFUND POLICY. Refunds will be issued for select merchandise only returned to NSHSS within 30 days of original purchase and returned in the same condition it was received. We will not accept returns or issue a refund if items are returned after 30 days. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. The member must pay shipping charges for returns.

RETURN POLICY. For all packages sent to NSHSS for a return or exchange: Please write RETURN or EXCHANGE on the outside of the package. Include a note with the following information: order number, contact email, phone number, and a note explaining the action you would like taken. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. Members must pay shipping charges for returns or exchanges.

EXCHANGE POLICY. We will exchange any defective item within 30 days of purchase for the same item if the original item is returned within 30 days in the same condition it was received. If you wish to exchange a clothing item due to a sizing issue, we will exchange your clothing item for a different size upon receipt of the original item if it is returned within 30 days in the same condition it was received. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. The member must pay shipping charges for exchanges.

Return Address: Please send any items for Refund/Return/Exchange to NSHSS Headquarters,
Returns Processing, 1936 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30319. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. Members must pay shipping charges for refunds, returns or exchanges.

NSHSS merchandise and spirit wear is for our members, their parents and our educators. If you are a parent or grandparent and would like to order merchandise, place your order online and check out as a guest.

All online e-store orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase if Standard Shipping is the option. For Expedited Shipping, orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 3-5 business days.

Merchandise and member kits are usually packaged together. Larger merchandise items are shipped separately, but should arrive within days of the member kit. You will receive an email when your merchandise ships that will allow you to track your merchandise. As long as your item has been fulfilled, you can track your merchandise shipment via your order number and tracking information on your Member Dashboard.

Contact NSHSS e-store customer service at store@nshss.org. 

About the Membership Fee

NSHSS has a one-time membership fee of $75 for members in the United States, $95 USD for international memberships. There are no annual dues or renewals. This is a lifetime membership. Additionally, students are eligible to apply for a waiver of the fee if they can demonstrate financial need: www.nshss.org/fee-waivers.

You can join online at nshss.org/join. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. If you join through the mail, checks or money orders can be made payable to NSHSS and mailed to NSHSS Headquarters, 1936 North Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319, along with your Confirmation Card and Personal Confirmation Code. Should you require a copy of your confirmation card, please email information@nshss.org and we will email you a copy. 

Like most membership organizations, a fee is charged to help cover the organizational costs of fulfilling our mission. Our one-time, lifetime fee covers virtually all expenses associated with membership in NSHSS, including access to benefits and opportunities available only to members of NSHSS, such as:

  • Exclusive scholarship opportunities and academic competitions
  • Publications and member-only web content
  • Member communications including regular emails and e-newsletters
  • Service and leadership opportunities
  • Unique outreach from top domestic & international universities
  • Unique offerings through our partnerships
  • Personalized membership certificate
  • Personalized press release for distribution to local media
  • Peer networking

Fee Waiver Questions

It is our commitment that the membership fee and its payment never stands in the way of a qualified student becoming a member. We offer fee waivers for applicants who demonstrate financial need. An application is required in order to be considered for a fee waiver.

Since the membership fees provide for the services of all members, we do request that you carefully and honestly assess your abilities to pay the fee when requesting a fee waiver. An application is required in order to be considered for a fee waiver. Fee waivers cannot be processed over the phone or online.

Access the fee waiver application

You must complete all items on the fee waiver checklist and mail them to NSHSS in order to be considered for the fee waiver.All fee waivers are processed within 4-6 weeks.

If your fee waiver is approved, your member kit will be mailed to you. If you provide an email address on your confirmation card, a welcome email will be sent to that address at the time that your membership is processed.

If your fee waiver request is denied, you will receive a letter of explanation within that same time frame. Please wait at least six weeks after mailing your fee waiver application before contacting the Member Services staff for a status.

Other Questions

If you would like to submit this press release for publication, please contact the editorial department(s) at your local newspaper(s) and/or local magazine. You can easily locate the newspaper and/or magazine online, and contacting the editorial department(s) via the email listed on the website. Following these guidelines will help increase the likelihood of publication:

  • Attach your photo and biographical information, including honors and awards.
  • Provide your contact information so the newspaper or media outlet may easily reach you or your family if they have additional questions.
  • Reproduce multiple copies of the release so that it may be sent to newspapers, radio, television stations, and other local sources.
  • Send a copy of the release to your high school newspaper, parents' company newsletter, and other organizations of which you are a member.
  • Address each to the "Community News Editor."

Please share your press coverage with NSHSS by emailing pr@nshss.org.

In order to receive our email messages, please add information@nshss.org to your address book. Failure to do so may prevent you from receiving email from us. In order for you to receive our email messages, log in to your Member Dashboard, click on, “My Profile”, and scroll down to Contact Preferences. Select your preferred forms of communication with NSHSS to ALLOW email communications.

Current NSHSS partners are listed on the NSHSS partnership page.

Current NSHSS contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.

If you have forgotten your password, go to https://dashboard.nshss.org/ to log in.

  • Click the “forgot my password” link at Log In to reset your password.
  • Enter the email on your account; you will be sent an email.
  • Follow the directions in your email to reset your password.

If your email has changed, or you do not remember which email was used to create the account, please send an email to information@nshss.org and an NSHSS team member will assist you.

Ambassadors

NSHSS members a Sophomore, Junior or Senior in high school and have a 3.7 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale (or a 93 on a 100 scale).

Applications for the Ambassador program are available every year. An email will be sent to all NSHSS high school members (sophomore to seniors) regarding the application opening and more details about the program.

NSHSS Ambassadors are student leaders within their high schools who demonstrate strong academics and a commitment to community service. As role models to their peers, Ambassadors are responsible for representing the Society in their schools and inspiring their peers to get involved in community activities that interest them the most.

Ambassadors have first priority to volunteer at NSHSS member events around the country.

As a role model to other scholars, Ambassadors are expected to use their leadership skills in facilitating volunteer work and projects within their schools on issues of most interest to them.

NSHSS encourages our Ambassadors to participate positively in social media forums through the private NSHSS Ambassador Facebook Group and the main NSHSS Facebook page, to answer questions about membership in the Society, as well as share the good work in your local community.

The NSHSS Ambassador Awards Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to a senior class NSHSS Ambassador that has been an active Ambassador for at least one semester. The scholarship application opens each Spring with a deadline in early May. Eligible Ambassadors will be invited to apply for this scholarship through email upon the application opening. For specific information about the Ambassador Awards Scholarship click here or contact ambassadors@nshss.org.

Ambassadors will be invited to join an exclusive forum available to only Ambassadors and create their own, unique profile. This forum is a venue that allows all NSHSS Ambassadors to communicate with each other and create discussions about current initiatives and proposed initiatives as well as seek advice on topics such as college acceptance, bullying, LGBT strategies, and tips on running for leadership positions within their schools. They also have the ability to share photos, join their state group, and share contact information with each other. You may also contact ambassadors@nshss.org and we will aid you in finding other Ambassadors or NSHSS members within your high school to get connected.

The Ambassador State Director program is a new program for NSHSS Ambassadors seeking to strengthen their leadership and communication skills.

State Directors efficiently link NSHSS and Ambassadors and NSHSS members by representing their home state within the NSHSS Ambassador Program. State Directors are the point contact for all NSHSS Ambassadors within their state and report to NSHSS monthly regarding community service projects, special school or community initiatives, and other stories that members have participated in that support the NSHSS vision of world betterment.

State Director Roles and Responsibilities include: reporting to NSHSS monthly, participating in the quarterly Google Hangout session with NSHSS, actively engaging with other members and prospective members through NSHSS social media, and encouraging other Ambassadors to engage in community service and leadership programs in the local community.

Applications to apply for the State Director Program open in the Fall. Current sophomore and junior Ambassadors will be emailed details on the steps to apply. Please note that State Directors must have already been accepted into the Ambassador program and may not be a current graduating senior at the time of application process.

Educators and counselors at your school may nominate peers you suggest who meet the NSHSS membership criteria (3.5 GPA of higher) for membership. If you have a list of peers you would like to nominate, talk to your educator or counselor about the Society. Your educator or counselor can find the Student Nomination Form within the Educator section of our website, www.nshss.org. If your educator is unaware of NSHSS, we are more than happy to mail them an information packet to your school by emailing ambassadors@nshss.org or calling NSHSS at (866) 343-1800.

Each NSHSS scholar participating in the Ambassador Program will receive a personal letter of congratulations from Mr. Nobel; an Ambassador Certificate; a special Ambassador T-Shirt; a Social Media Guide; and details about your role as an Ambassador.

We are happy to assist you! Call us at 1-866-343-1800 or email us at ambassadors@nshss.org.

Educator of Distinction Nominations

NSHSS high school members are given the opportunity to nominate high school teachers, counselors, principals, and coaches who have made the most significant contribution to their academic career.

Eligible educators must be outstanding role models and positive influences, those who have made a lasting difference in students’ lives by encouraging them to strive for excellence. Your comments in the “Reason for Nomination” section will be closely reviewed to ensure that the educator meets this criterion.

NSHSS will recognize all educators who meet the criteria and who are nominated, regardless of the number of nominations that any one high school educator may receive.

NSHSS will send an email to your teacher to let him/her know that you have nominated them for recognition in the NSHSS Educators of Distinction program. In addition, your teacher will receive a letter of congratulations from NSHSS Chairman Claes Nobel naming you as the student who nominated them, a personalized press release, and invitations to NSHSS member events.

To confirm that NSHSS has received your nomination, you may login to the member portion of the NSHSS website. In the section titled “Nominate Educators” you will be able to view the name of the educator whom you have nominated for the Educators of Distinction program.

Yes. In the nomination form, please provide the school name of where your teacher is currently teaching and describe the reason for your nomination in the comments section of the form.

Only educators at the high school level are eligible for nomination in the Educators of Distinction program.

Any high school educator, including a principal, counselor or coach, is eligible for nomination in the Educators of Distinction program.

Educators

Membership with NSHSS begins with recognition of academic achievement, but it doesn’t end there. NSHSS serves to help high-achieving students successfully transition from high school to college and from college into their young professional lives. Membership with NSHSS is for a lifetime. In addition to more than $1 million in college scholarships annually, the benefits of membership include: direct connections with university admissions officers at public and private institutions worldwide; scholarships and discounts for summer and semester study abroad programs; workshops to explore career opportunities with the Central Intelligence Agency and science/technology-focused corporations, among other partners; special discounts on leadership programs and testing and tutorial services; and exclusive member events where scholars meet like-minded peers from other communities.

Any educator (teacher, principal, counselor) may nominate high school students (grades 9-12) who meet our eligibility criteria.  Educators can nominate students for membership online after registering at /about-nshss/educators/register-as-educator/.

Members must be high school students who meet ANY ONE of the criteria below:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
    26 ACT score or higher
    Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
    Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
    Top 10% rank in class
    1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
    1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*

  • *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

Students join NSHSS while they are in high school, and their membership continues throughout their lifetime. Since NSHSS was founded in 2002, there are more than 1 million scholars from 160 countries, between the ages of 15 – 28, that make up the current membership. NSHSS inaugurates 100,000 high school students annually. NSHSS scholars are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and embody the values of Mr. Nobel’s family tradition that include ethical action, service leadership, and expressions of altruism. NSHSS members are diverse: 40% are multi-lingual; 38% are Caucasian; 21% are African-American; 18% are Latino/Hispanic; 13% are Asian/Pacific Islander; and 8% are Multi-Racial; and 24% are first in their family to attend college.

There is a one-time membership fee of $75 USD for students in the United States, and $95 USD for international students. Upon joining NSHSS, new members receive a free Graduation Tassel Drop (A tassel will be provided by the member’s high school prior to graduation), a personal letter of recognition from Mr. Nobel, personalized press release, and an embossed membership certificate that can be framed.  For students facing financial hardship, fee waivers are available, as the Society does not want to inhibit any prospective member’s ability to join our lifetime network. For details on how to secure a fee waiver, visit /fee-waivers.

Student contact information is provided by teachers and counselors, educational partner organizations, the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, and the College Board Student Search Service. Reference to how NSHSS receives a student’s information is noted in the student’s letter of invitation for membership with the Society.

Yes. Homeschool educators may nominate any student for membership who meets one of the following NSHSS eligibility requirement:
3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
26 ACT score or higher
Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
Top 10% rank in class

*Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

We welcome educators’ attendance at NSHSS Member Events. Member events are celebrations of academic achievement. NSHSS member events are open to all members and their immediate families, as well as educators. Events are held throughout the year in the United States. Mr. Nobel participates in the events as a featured speaker.

NSHSS Advisory Board members and Nobel Laureates attend, as well as educational, corporate and government partners such as the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Department of State. Admissions officials from esteemed universities also participate in college fairs and discussion panels. These events are unique opportunities for students to learn about the college admissions process and financial aid. Scholars are inspired by corporate executives and Nobel Laureates, and are encouraged to pursue their unique mission in life and to use their talents for world betterment.

For a complete list of events, please visit our Get Involved Page.

Scholarships

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Select “Set Up Your Password” if it is your first time signing in. Once you are in your member dashboard, select “Apply for Scholarships.” Scholarship applications appear on student dashboards only.

No, if you subscribe from any NSHSS emails, you will no longer receive scholarship email invitations. Be sure to set your NSHSS contact preferences to “allow” to receive scholarship notifications. To edit your contact preferences, sign in to your member dashboard, and select “My Profile.”

Make sure that your NSHSS contact preferences are set to “allow.” When you update your contact preferences, it should take less than a day for the scholarship applications to appear on your member dashboard. Also, make sure that you are signing into your own dashboard. Scholarship applications do not appear on parent dashboards.

Start researching scholarships in advance. NSHSS scholarship opportunities are listed year-round at https://www.nshss.org/scholarships/. Select the scholarship that interests you to view the essay prompt and begin drafting your essay.​ A resume, transcript, educator recommendation, and a headshot are also typically required. You do not need to submit multiple transcripts and recommendations. Once these are submitted, they may be used for any NSHSS scholarships you apply for. Once you submit the application online, it is closed. So be sure to read the descriptions before applying. You may want to open and read through the application first without submitting it to make sure you have all the information that you need. If you open and close it without submitting it, you will be able to re-open it.

All NSHSS members who are eligible for a particular scholarship, receive an email invitation when the scholarship opens that includes instructions for application submission and the scholarship deadline. It is best to apply as soon as possible. Scholarship applications begin opening annually in the fall and throughout the winter and spring.

Consider each scholarship essay prompt and only apply for scholarships for which you would be a strong candidate. Some scholarships support students with interest in STEM fields, students with extensive community service experience, students who will be first generation college students, etc. Most NSHSS scholarships are merit-based.

Since NSHSS scholarships are exclusive to NSHSS’s diverse members, scholarships are offered to students with interests in the arts and humanities, STEM-fields, leadership, and more. Consider how closely your essay aligns with the essay prompt. The number of applicants for each NSHSS scholarship varies, so the most effective way to increase your chances of winning is to be selective and apply for scholarships best suited for you and your interests.

No, your application lists specific, acceptable formats for all materials--such as the essay, resume, and headshot. Your application will not be considered if you submit documents in a format that is not listed in the application.

Yes, word counts generally provide approximate guidelines, but keep your answers close to the number of words requested. If a scholarship response must not go over a certain word or character count, that will be indicated in the instructions.

An educator recommendation supports your reputation as a student, e.g., your academic performance and motivation, demonstrated leadership, emotional maturity, school activity participation, and community awareness and involvement. Each NSHSS scholarship application contains the online recommendation link to provide to one of your educators. If you already have a recommendation letter from one of your educators, have your educator include your recommendation letter in the online recommendation form through the optional upload feature.

One. One educator recommendation is required for each academic year. If you apply for a scholarship offered in December, that recommendation will be applied to all of your scholarship applications submitted until June of the following year. However, you may have more than one recommender if you wish. For example, you may wish to have a science teacher recommend you for a STEM scholarship, or a writing teacher recommend you for a literary award.

The educator recommendation must be submitted by the particular scholarship deadline.

The application and educator recommendation may be submitted in any order, but both must be submitted before the scholarship deadline. Your educator recommendation is linked to your membership and applied to all NSHSS scholarships submitted during a particular academic year.

Your resume should contain your contact information, your academic standing (prospective academic titles of success, e.g., valedictorian or salutatorian) and awards, your leadership activities, extracurricular activities, community service, and references. Do not include activities and awards prior to high school unless your achievement is outstanding, e.g., winning the National Geography Bee or founding a charity at a young age.

If you are enrolled in honors, AP, or IB courses, list your cumulative, weighted grade point average. If you are enrolled in regular-level courses, list your cumulative, unweighted grade point average. Transcripts will validate the grade point average and rigor of coursework in either circumstance.

You may submit either your official or unofficial transcript—whichever is easiest for you to attain. Your educator recommendation will support your academic reputation along with your cumulative official or unofficial transcript.

One. One most recent official or unofficial transcript containing your cumulative grade point average is sufficient for all NSHSS scholarships offered in a particular academic year. If your transcript is not uploaded in your application, it must be submitted via email or mail by the deadline date.

Submit your official or unofficial transcript by uploading it into your application or emailing it to scholarships@nshss.org. If you do not have access to a digital copy of your transcript, you may mail your transcript to the NSHSS International Headquarters at 1936 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30319. Please be sure to include the scholarship title above the mailing address on the envelope. Some schools subscribe to an electronic transcript transfer system. The scholarship email address above should be used for any such transfers.

If you are dually-enrolled, submit both transcripts from both institutions.

A headshot is a photograph of a person from the neck up. Headshots are required for possible website posting and press releases in case an applicant becomes a scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipients are also featured in the monthly, digital newsletter, The Scholar’s Journal.

NSHSS scholarship applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the deadline date.

Visit https://www.nshss.org/dashboard/ to sign in to your member dashboard. Once you’re in your member dashboard, select “Apply for Scholarships.” You will see the following message next to successfully submitted applications: “We are currently processing your application for this scholarship.” You will also receive a confirmation email upon applying.

Applicants are typically notified roughly 4-6 weeks following each scholarship deadline. This may vary for each scholarship as we may rely on internal and/or external scholarship committees. All applicants are notified of the results via email. Recipients also receive an official mailed letter.

Most NSHSS scholarship funds are sent directly to the recipient’s college or university. Some scholarships, such as the Academic Paper Awards and the Visual Arts, Video, and Literary Competitions award the applicants cash prizes. The method of funding is listed in the scholarship details at https://www.nshss.org/scholarships/

NSHSS scholarship funds may be used at any accredited college or university internationally.

Develop and maintain superb organizational skills. Routinely update your resume, and keep a headshot and transcript handy to plug into any scholarship when needed. You should only be creating the essay for each varying essay prompt. Do not try to fit a previously prepared college admissions essay or scholarship essay into a prompt for which it does not fit. The best essay will be one you create specifically for a particular scholarship essay prompt.

Visit https://www.nshss.org/scholarships/tips-advice/ for more scholarship tips from NSHSS Scholarship Director Dr. Susan Thurman.

For questions regarding NSHSS scholarships, contact us at scholarships@nshss.org.

About NSHSS

NSHSS is a membership organization with a mission of recognizing academic excellence among high-achieving students. Through unique learning experiences, exclusive scholarships, valuable internships, international study opportunities and meaningful peer networks, we connect our members with resources to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Serving a diverse member base on a path from high school to college to career, NSHSS helps scholars identify and use the gifts they have been given and equips them for future success.
Claes Nobel is the senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. He helped found NSHSS to continue his family's legacy of recognizing and rewarding contributions to world betterment. He believes the world leaders of tomorrow will emerge from today's youth, and that NSHSS is a platform for young leaders to receive the support needed to change their world. As the chair of the advisory board, Mr. Nobel is personally involved in many of the Society's initiatives. He attends member events, and provides input on the strategic direction of the organization.

As an active membership organization for high-achieving students, NSHSS is not a simple recognition program or vanity press. There is no listing of students published or a book to buy. Through its objective membership process, NSHSS is proud to be an inclusive organization, drawing from a broad, diverse pool of students and offering exclusive benefits and value to its members. Unique participatory activities include academic competitions, national events for members and their families, networking, and volunteer activities.

Membership with NSHSS is an individual membership and is not charted through schools. Being an individual membership is what allows NSHSS to offer a continuity of benefits that extend after high school graduation, into college and beyond. Because it is based on the individual, not the school, it also means that membership remains with the student even if they transfer schools. It also means that any student who qualifies can be a member of NSHSS regardless of their location. Membership is for a lifetime and is not renewed annually.

NSHSS members will continue to enjoy the benefits of membership into their college years and beyond. After high school, members are still able to apply for scholarships, internships, and study abroad opportunities. NSHSS college members also get discounts on textbook rental, and have the opportunity to participate in unique events such as the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and attending the festivities surrounding the Nobel Prize awards in Stockholm.

About Membership

NSHSS works directly with educators and educational organizations to identify students who may qualify. Students who we believe are qualified may be selected to receive an invitation.

Members must be a student in high school and must meet ANY ONE of the criteria below:

 

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
  • Top 10% rank in class
    *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

In 2016, the College Board instituted new exams and new scoring systems for both the SAT and PSAT. Students who have taken the old SAT exam, whose total possible score is 2400, are eligible for membership in NSHSS with a score of 1750 or higher. Under the old PSAT exam, students must have a 200 or higher to be eligible for membership.

Students who take the new SAT exam, or have taken the new exam starting in March 2016, and score a 1280 or higher, (out of a total possible score of 1600), are eligible for membership in NSHSS. Students must score a 1150 or higher on the new PSAT exam to be eligible for membership. 

  • 4.375 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 5.0 scale
  • 5.25 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 6.0 scale
  • B+ Letter Grade Average or higher
  • 90% Percentile Grade Average or higher, on a 100 point scale

Yes, as part of our commitment to inclusivity and our desire to provide the same opportunities for all students, homeschool and online educators may nominate any student for membership who is in high school and meets ANY ONE of the following NSHSS eligibility requirements:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 90 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
  • Top 10% rank in class
    *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted

Qualified students who have been identified as meeting at least one NSHSS eligibility requirement may receive an invitation letter from the Society. You must be selected for membership to join The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Once you receive your invitation, you can join online by accepting your invitation on our website: www.nshss.org/join. If you received your invitation by mail, you also have the option to join by mailing your confirmation card to the address listed on the card.

If you have not received an invitation, but meet one of the criteria listed above, you can ask an educator to nominate you for membership. You may download the student nomination form, print it, have an educator complete it, and return the form to the Society via email.

As a new member, you will receive a membership kit within 15 business days after accepting your invitation. The kit contains:

  • Your membership certificate
  • A welcome letter from NSHSS founder Mr. Claes Nobel with your membership ID number
  • A press release that announces your membership in the Society
  • Information about your benefits and how you can apply for scholarships
  • Information from NSHSS partners and programs
  • Window decal to proudly display NSHSS membership

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Update your profile so you don’t miss any important messages, offers and information and begin exploring the nshss.org website or you can:

  • Put your press release in the local newspaper to announce your membership to the world; announce it on social media
  • Attend an NSHSS member event or college fair 
  • Write an article for the NSHSS Scholars Journal
  • Become an NSHSS Ambassador to tell others at your school about the Society
  • Follow NSHSS on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook to get the latest updates and information

Explore the discounts, scholarships, and other privileges offered by NSHSS partners

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Select “Set Up Your Password” if it is your first time signing in. Once you are in your member dashboard, select “Apply for Scholarships.” Scholarship applications appear on student dashboards only.

If you would like to submit this press release for publication, please contact the editorial department(s) at your local newspaper(s) and/or local magazine. You can easily locate the newspaper and/or magazine online, and contact the editorial department(s) via the email listed on their website. You may submit to multiple newspapers and media outlets if you wish. Following these guidelines will help increase the likelihood of publication:

  • Attach your photo and biographical information, including honors and awards.
  • Provide your contact information so the newspaper or media outlet may easily reach you or your family if they have additional questions.
  • Reproduce multiple copies of the release so that it may be sent to newspapers, radio, television stations, and other local sources.
  • Send a copy of the release to your high school newspaper, parents' company newsletter, and other organizations of which you are a member.
  • Address each to the "Community News Editor."

Please share your press coverage with NSHSS by emailing pr@nshss.org.

You may cancel your membership at any time.However, to receive a refund, you must cancel your membership within 60 days from the time your membership was processed. Membership cancellations can only be processed over the phone. The number to call is 404.235.5500.

To update your member profile or address, go to www.nshss.org and log in to the Member Dashboard of the website. Click "My Profile" and update address, email or any other information required. Alternatively, you can send an email to information@nshss.org and our Member Services team will update your profile.

Invitation Questions

Your personal confirmation code is printed on your confirmation card, on the bottom right corner of your invitation letter or provided on your email invitation. If you do not have your invitation letter or confirmation card, you can email NSHSS headquarters at informaton@nshss.org and an NSHSS team member will assist you.

Any High School educator (teacher, principal, counselor) may nominate high school students (grades 9-12) who meet any ONE of the criteria listed above. Educators can download the Student Nomination Form to nominate students. Educators can nominate students for membership online after registering at /about-nshss/educators/register-as-educator/. After registering, educators can nominate a student here

Merchandise Questions

To update your member profile or address, go to www.nshss.org and log in to the Member Dashboard of the website. Click "My Profile" and update address, email or any other information required. Alternatively, you can send an email to information@nshss.org.

The payment options available for the NSHSS Store are currently Discover, MasterCard and Visa. For estore purchases only, PayPal is an additional option.

Yes. NSHSS honor cords, honor medallions, honor stoles, tassel drops (no tassel included), lapel pins and spirit wear are on our estore and are available exclusively for NSHSS members, their parents and our educators. Before you order your graduation regalia, please check with your Principal or Graduation Coordinator regarding your school’s graduation policy on wearing graduation items. You can also save your graduation regalia for a memento, use them for family photos or have them framed. Graduation items are non-refundable. If you need to return graduation items, we will issue a store credit good for ninety (90) days once we receive the returned merchandise in the same condition it was received. For more information on Graduation Merchandise, see Graduation Merchandise Policy.

All online e-store orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase. You will receive an email (at the email you provided when you joined) with a United States Postal Service, (USPS), and tracking number. You can track your merchandise at www.USPS.com. You can also find a link to your order number and tracking information on your Member Dashboard.

Shipping Options: If you choose Standard Shipping, your order will be processed and leave our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase. It will be shipped to you via USPS First Class Mail. If you choose other services, your order will be shipped to you per your chosen option and you will be able to track it here.

If you have any questions about your order, please email store@nshss.org, and we will respond as quickly as possible. Otherwise, please refer to your email to track your merchandise shipment.

Expedited Shipping: Please be aware that we do NOT offer Overnight shipping unless your order is placed BEFORE 10 AM EST. If you request Expedited Shipping at Checkout and the time is after 10 AM EST, your order will be given top priority and will process and ship via the USPS and should arrive within 3 business days of online credit card purchase. You will receive an email with the tracking number and you will be able to track it here.

What is the Refund, Return or Exchange Policy?

REFUND POLICY. Refunds will be issued for select merchandise only returned to NSHSS within 30 days of original purchase and returned in the same condition it was received. We will not accept returns or issue a refund if items are returned after 30 days. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. The member must pay shipping charges for returns.

RETURN POLICY. For all packages sent to NSHSS for a return or exchange: Please write RETURN or EXCHANGE on the outside of the package. Include a note with the following information: order number, contact email, phone number, and a note explaining the action you would like taken. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. Members must pay shipping charges for returns or exchanges.

EXCHANGE POLICY. We will exchange any defective item within 30 days of purchase for the same item if the original item is returned within 30 days in the same condition it was received. If you wish to exchange a clothing item due to a sizing issue, we will exchange your clothing item for a different size upon receipt of the original item if it is returned within 30 days in the same condition it was received. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. The member must pay shipping charges for exchanges.

Return Address: Please send any items for Refund/Return/Exchange to NSHSS Headquarters,
Returns Processing, 1936 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30319. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. Members must pay shipping charges for refunds, returns or exchanges.

NSHSS merchandise and spirit wear is for our members, their parents and our educators. If you are a parent or grandparent and would like to order merchandise, place your order online and check out as a guest.

All online e-store orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase if Standard Shipping is the option. For Expedited Shipping, orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 3-5 business days.

Merchandise and member kits are usually packaged together. Larger merchandise items are shipped separately, but should arrive within days of the member kit. You will receive an email when your merchandise ships that will allow you to track your merchandise. As long as your item has been fulfilled, you can track your merchandise shipment via your order number and tracking information on your Member Dashboard.

Contact NSHSS e-store customer service at store@nshss.org. 

About the Membership Fee

NSHSS has a one-time membership fee of $75 for members in the United States, $95 USD for international memberships. There are no annual dues or renewals. This is a lifetime membership. Additionally, students are eligible to apply for a waiver of the fee if they can demonstrate financial need: www.nshss.org/fee-waivers.

You can join online at nshss.org/join. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. If you join through the mail, checks or money orders can be made payable to NSHSS and mailed to NSHSS Headquarters, 1936 North Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319, along with your Confirmation Card and Personal Confirmation Code. Should you require a copy of your confirmation card, please email information@nshss.org and we will email you a copy. 

Like most membership organizations, a fee is charged to help cover the organizational costs of fulfilling our mission. Our one-time, lifetime fee covers virtually all expenses associated with membership in NSHSS, including access to benefits and opportunities available only to members of NSHSS, such as:

  • Exclusive scholarship opportunities and academic competitions
  • Publications and member-only web content
  • Member communications including regular emails and e-newsletters
  • Service and leadership opportunities
  • Unique outreach from top domestic & international universities
  • Unique offerings through our partnerships
  • Personalized membership certificate
  • Personalized press release for distribution to local media
  • Peer networking

Fee Waiver Questions

It is our commitment that the membership fee and its payment never stands in the way of a qualified student becoming a member. We offer fee waivers for applicants who demonstrate financial need. An application is required in order to be considered for a fee waiver.

Since the membership fees provide for the services of all members, we do request that you carefully and honestly assess your abilities to pay the fee when requesting a fee waiver. An application is required in order to be considered for a fee waiver. Fee waivers cannot be processed over the phone or online.

Access the fee waiver application

You must complete all items on the fee waiver checklist and mail them to NSHSS in order to be considered for the fee waiver.All fee waivers are processed within 4-6 weeks.

If your fee waiver is approved, your member kit will be mailed to you. If you provide an email address on your confirmation card, a welcome email will be sent to that address at the time that your membership is processed.

If your fee waiver request is denied, you will receive a letter of explanation within that same time frame. Please wait at least six weeks after mailing your fee waiver application before contacting the Member Services staff for a status.

Other Questions

If you would like to submit this press release for publication, please contact the editorial department(s) at your local newspaper(s) and/or local magazine. You can easily locate the newspaper and/or magazine online, and contacting the editorial department(s) via the email listed on the website. Following these guidelines will help increase the likelihood of publication:

  • Attach your photo and biographical information, including honors and awards.
  • Provide your contact information so the newspaper or media outlet may easily reach you or your family if they have additional questions.
  • Reproduce multiple copies of the release so that it may be sent to newspapers, radio, television stations, and other local sources.
  • Send a copy of the release to your high school newspaper, parents' company newsletter, and other organizations of which you are a member.
  • Address each to the "Community News Editor."

Please share your press coverage with NSHSS by emailing pr@nshss.org.

In order to receive our email messages, please add information@nshss.org to your address book. Failure to do so may prevent you from receiving email from us. In order for you to receive our email messages, log in to your Member Dashboard, click on, “My Profile”, and scroll down to Contact Preferences. Select your preferred forms of communication with NSHSS to ALLOW email communications.

Current NSHSS partners are listed on the NSHSS partnership page.

Current NSHSS contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.

If you have forgotten your password, go to https://dashboard.nshss.org/ to log in.

  • Click the “forgot my password” link at Log In to reset your password.
  • Enter the email on your account; you will be sent an email.
  • Follow the directions in your email to reset your password.

If your email has changed, or you do not remember which email was used to create the account, please send an email to information@nshss.org and an NSHSS team member will assist you.

Ambassadors

NSHSS members a Sophomore, Junior or Senior in high school and have a 3.7 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale (or a 93 on a 100 scale).

Applications for the Ambassador program are available every year. An email will be sent to all NSHSS high school members (sophomore to seniors) regarding the application opening and more details about the program.

NSHSS Ambassadors are student leaders within their high schools who demonstrate strong academics and a commitment to community service. As role models to their peers, Ambassadors are responsible for representing the Society in their schools and inspiring their peers to get involved in community activities that interest them the most.

Ambassadors have first priority to volunteer at NSHSS member events around the country.

As a role model to other scholars, Ambassadors are expected to use their leadership skills in facilitating volunteer work and projects within their schools on issues of most interest to them.

NSHSS encourages our Ambassadors to participate positively in social media forums through the private NSHSS Ambassador Facebook Group and the main NSHSS Facebook page, to answer questions about membership in the Society, as well as share the good work in your local community.

The NSHSS Ambassador Awards Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded annually to a senior class NSHSS Ambassador that has been an active Ambassador for at least one semester. The scholarship application opens each Spring with a deadline in early May. Eligible Ambassadors will be invited to apply for this scholarship through email upon the application opening. For specific information about the Ambassador Awards Scholarship click here or contact ambassadors@nshss.org.

Ambassadors will be invited to join an exclusive forum available to only Ambassadors and create their own, unique profile. This forum is a venue that allows all NSHSS Ambassadors to communicate with each other and create discussions about current initiatives and proposed initiatives as well as seek advice on topics such as college acceptance, bullying, LGBT strategies, and tips on running for leadership positions within their schools. They also have the ability to share photos, join their state group, and share contact information with each other. You may also contact ambassadors@nshss.org and we will aid you in finding other Ambassadors or NSHSS members within your high school to get connected.

The Ambassador State Director program is a new program for NSHSS Ambassadors seeking to strengthen their leadership and communication skills.

State Directors efficiently link NSHSS and Ambassadors and NSHSS members by representing their home state within the NSHSS Ambassador Program. State Directors are the point contact for all NSHSS Ambassadors within their state and report to NSHSS monthly regarding community service projects, special school or community initiatives, and other stories that members have participated in that support the NSHSS vision of world betterment.

State Director Roles and Responsibilities include: reporting to NSHSS monthly, participating in the quarterly Google Hangout session with NSHSS, actively engaging with other members and prospective members through NSHSS social media, and encouraging other Ambassadors to engage in community service and leadership programs in the local community.

Applications to apply for the State Director Program open in the Fall. Current sophomore and junior Ambassadors will be emailed details on the steps to apply. Please note that State Directors must have already been accepted into the Ambassador program and may not be a current graduating senior at the time of application process.

Educators and counselors at your school may nominate peers you suggest who meet the NSHSS membership criteria (3.5 GPA of higher) for membership. If you have a list of peers you would like to nominate, talk to your educator or counselor about the Society. Your educator or counselor can find the Student Nomination Form within the Educator section of our website, www.nshss.org. If your educator is unaware of NSHSS, we are more than happy to mail them an information packet to your school by emailing ambassadors@nshss.org or calling NSHSS at (866) 343-1800.

Each NSHSS scholar participating in the Ambassador Program will receive a personal letter of congratulations from Mr. Nobel; an Ambassador Certificate; a special Ambassador T-Shirt; a Social Media Guide; and details about your role as an Ambassador.

We are happy to assist you! Call us at 1-866-343-1800 or email us at ambassadors@nshss.org.

Educator of Distinction Nominations

NSHSS high school members are given the opportunity to nominate high school teachers, counselors, principals, and coaches who have made the most significant contribution to their academic career.

Eligible educators must be outstanding role models and positive influences, those who have made a lasting difference in students’ lives by encouraging them to strive for excellence. Your comments in the “Reason for Nomination” section will be closely reviewed to ensure that the educator meets this criterion.

NSHSS will recognize all educators who meet the criteria and who are nominated, regardless of the number of nominations that any one high school educator may receive.

NSHSS will send an email to your teacher to let him/her know that you have nominated them for recognition in the NSHSS Educators of Distinction program. In addition, your teacher will receive a letter of congratulations from NSHSS Chairman Claes Nobel naming you as the student who nominated them, a personalized press release, and invitations to NSHSS member events.

To confirm that NSHSS has received your nomination, you may login to the member portion of the NSHSS website. In the section titled “Nominate Educators” you will be able to view the name of the educator whom you have nominated for the Educators of Distinction program.

Yes. In the nomination form, please provide the school name of where your teacher is currently teaching and describe the reason for your nomination in the comments section of the form.

Only educators at the high school level are eligible for nomination in the Educators of Distinction program.

Any high school educator, including a principal, counselor or coach, is eligible for nomination in the Educators of Distinction program.

Educators

Membership with NSHSS begins with recognition of academic achievement, but it doesn’t end there. NSHSS serves to help high-achieving students successfully transition from high school to college and from college into their young professional lives. Membership with NSHSS is for a lifetime. In addition to more than $1 million in college scholarships annually, the benefits of membership include: direct connections with university admissions officers at public and private institutions worldwide; scholarships and discounts for summer and semester study abroad programs; workshops to explore career opportunities with the Central Intelligence Agency and science/technology-focused corporations, among other partners; special discounts on leadership programs and testing and tutorial services; and exclusive member events where scholars meet like-minded peers from other communities.

Any educator (teacher, principal, counselor) may nominate high school students (grades 9-12) who meet our eligibility criteria.  Educators can nominate students for membership online after registering at /about-nshss/educators/register-as-educator/.

Members must be high school students who meet ANY ONE of the criteria below:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
    26 ACT score or higher
    Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
    Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
    Top 10% rank in class
    1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
    1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*

  • *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

Students join NSHSS while they are in high school, and their membership continues throughout their lifetime. Since NSHSS was founded in 2002, there are more than 1 million scholars from 160 countries, between the ages of 15 – 28, that make up the current membership. NSHSS inaugurates 100,000 high school students annually. NSHSS scholars are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and embody the values of Mr. Nobel’s family tradition that include ethical action, service leadership, and expressions of altruism. NSHSS members are diverse: 40% are multi-lingual; 38% are Caucasian; 21% are African-American; 18% are Latino/Hispanic; 13% are Asian/Pacific Islander; and 8% are Multi-Racial; and 24% are first in their family to attend college.

There is a one-time membership fee of $75 USD for students in the United States, and $95 USD for international students. Upon joining NSHSS, new members receive a free Graduation Tassel Drop (A tassel will be provided by the member’s high school prior to graduation), a personal letter of recognition from Mr. Nobel, personalized press release, and an embossed membership certificate that can be framed.  For students facing financial hardship, fee waivers are available, as the Society does not want to inhibit any prospective member’s ability to join our lifetime network. For details on how to secure a fee waiver, visit /fee-waivers.

Student contact information is provided by teachers and counselors, educational partner organizations, the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, and the College Board Student Search Service. Reference to how NSHSS receives a student’s information is noted in the student’s letter of invitation for membership with the Society.

Yes. Homeschool educators may nominate any student for membership who meets one of the following NSHSS eligibility requirement:
3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
26 ACT score or higher
Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
Top 10% rank in class

*Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

We welcome educators’ attendance at NSHSS Member Events. Member events are celebrations of academic achievement. NSHSS member events are open to all members and their immediate families, as well as educators. Events are held throughout the year in the United States. Mr. Nobel participates in the events as a featured speaker.

NSHSS Advisory Board members and Nobel Laureates attend, as well as educational, corporate and government partners such as the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Department of State. Admissions officials from esteemed universities also participate in college fairs and discussion panels. These events are unique opportunities for students to learn about the college admissions process and financial aid. Scholars are inspired by corporate executives and Nobel Laureates, and are encouraged to pursue their unique mission in life and to use their talents for world betterment.

For a complete list of events, please visit our Get Involved Page.

Scholarships

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Select “Set Up Your Password” if it is your first time signing in. Once you are in your member dashboard, select “Apply for Scholarships.” Scholarship applications appear on student dashboards only.

No, if you subscribe from any NSHSS emails, you will no longer receive scholarship email invitations. Be sure to set your NSHSS contact preferences to “allow” to receive scholarship notifications. To edit your contact preferences, sign in to your member dashboard, and select “My Profile.”

Make sure that your NSHSS contact preferences are set to “allow.” When you update your contact preferences, it should take less than a day for the scholarship applications to appear on your member dashboard. Also, make sure that you are signing into your own dashboard. Scholarship applications do not appear on parent dashboards.

Start researching scholarships in advance. NSHSS scholarship opportunities are listed year-round at https://www.nshss.org/scholarships/. Select the scholarship that interests you to view the essay prompt and begin drafting your essay.​ A resume, transcript, educator recommendation, and a headshot are also typically required. You do not need to submit multiple transcripts and recommendations. Once these are submitted, they may be used for any NSHSS scholarships you apply for. Once you submit the application online, it is closed. So be sure to read the descriptions before applying. You may want to open and read through the application first without submitting it to make sure you have all the information that you need. If you open and close it without submitting it, you will be able to re-open it.

All NSHSS members who are eligible for a particular scholarship, receive an email invitation when the scholarship opens that includes instructions for application submission and the scholarship deadline. It is best to apply as soon as possible. Scholarship applications begin opening annually in the fall and throughout the winter and spring.

Consider each scholarship essay prompt and only apply for scholarships for which you would be a strong candidate. Some scholarships support students with interest in STEM fields, students with extensive community service experience, students who will be first generation college students, etc. Most NSHSS scholarships are merit-based.

Since NSHSS scholarships are exclusive to NSHSS’s diverse members, scholarships are offered to students with interests in the arts and humanities, STEM-fields, leadership, and more. Consider how closely your essay aligns with the essay prompt. The number of applicants for each NSHSS scholarship varies, so the most effective way to increase your chances of winning is to be selective and apply for scholarships best suited for you and your interests.

No, your application lists specific, acceptable formats for all materials--such as the essay, resume, and headshot. Your application will not be considered if you submit documents in a format that is not listed in the application.

Yes, word counts generally provide approximate guidelines, but keep your answers close to the number of words requested. If a scholarship response must not go over a certain word or character count, that will be indicated in the instructions.

An educator recommendation supports your reputation as a student, e.g., your academic performance and motivation, demonstrated leadership, emotional maturity, school activity participation, and community awareness and involvement. Each NSHSS scholarship application contains the online recommendation link to provide to one of your educators. If you already have a recommendation letter from one of your educators, have your educator include your recommendation letter in the online recommendation form through the optional upload feature.

One. One educator recommendation is required for each academic year. If you apply for a scholarship offered in December, that recommendation will be applied to all of your scholarship applications submitted until June of the following year. However, you may have more than one recommender if you wish. For example, you may wish to have a science teacher recommend you for a STEM scholarship, or a writing teacher recommend you for a literary award.

The educator recommendation must be submitted by the particular scholarship deadline.

The application and educator recommendation may be submitted in any order, but both must be submitted before the scholarship deadline. Your educator recommendation is linked to your membership and applied to all NSHSS scholarships submitted during a particular academic year.

Your resume should contain your contact information, your academic standing (prospective academic titles of success, e.g., valedictorian or salutatorian) and awards, your leadership activities, extracurricular activities, community service, and references. Do not include activities and awards prior to high school unless your achievement is outstanding, e.g., winning the National Geography Bee or founding a charity at a young age.

If you are enrolled in honors, AP, or IB courses, list your cumulative, weighted grade point average. If you are enrolled in regular-level courses, list your cumulative, unweighted grade point average. Transcripts will validate the grade point average and rigor of coursework in either circumstance.

You may submit either your official or unofficial transcript—whichever is easiest for you to attain. Your educator recommendation will support your academic reputation along with your cumulative official or unofficial transcript.

One. One most recent official or unofficial transcript containing your cumulative grade point average is sufficient for all NSHSS scholarships offered in a particular academic year. If your transcript is not uploaded in your application, it must be submitted via email or mail by the deadline date.

Submit your official or unofficial transcript by uploading it into your application or emailing it to scholarships@nshss.org. If you do not have access to a digital copy of your transcript, you may mail your transcript to the NSHSS International Headquarters at 1936 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30319. Please be sure to include the scholarship title above the mailing address on the envelope. Some schools subscribe to an electronic transcript transfer system. The scholarship email address above should be used for any such transfers.

If you are dually-enrolled, submit both transcripts from both institutions.

A headshot is a photograph of a person from the neck up. Headshots are required for possible website posting and press releases in case an applicant becomes a scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipients are also featured in the monthly, digital newsletter, The Scholar’s Journal.

NSHSS scholarship applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the deadline date.

Visit https://www.nshss.org/dashboard/ to sign in to your member dashboard. Once you’re in your member dashboard, select “Apply for Scholarships.” You will see the following message next to successfully submitted applications: “We are currently processing your application for this scholarship.” You will also receive a confirmation email upon applying.

Applicants are typically notified roughly 4-6 weeks following each scholarship deadline. This may vary for each scholarship as we may rely on internal and/or external scholarship committees. All applicants are notified of the results via email. Recipients also receive an official mailed letter.

Most NSHSS scholarship funds are sent directly to the recipient’s college or university. Some scholarships, such as the Academic Paper Awards and the Visual Arts, Video, and Literary Competitions award the applicants cash prizes. The method of funding is listed in the scholarship details at https://www.nshss.org/scholarships/

NSHSS scholarship funds may be used at any accredited college or university internationally.

Develop and maintain superb organizational skills. Routinely update your resume, and keep a headshot and transcript handy to plug into any scholarship when needed. You should only be creating the essay for each varying essay prompt. Do not try to fit a previously prepared college admissions essay or scholarship essay into a prompt for which it does not fit. The best essay will be one you create specifically for a particular scholarship essay prompt.

Visit https://www.nshss.org/scholarships/tips-advice/ for more scholarship tips from NSHSS Scholarship Director Dr. Susan Thurman.

For questions regarding NSHSS scholarships, contact us at scholarships@nshss.org.