What Makes NSHSS Legit?

The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is a legitimate organization that was co-founded in 2002 by Mr. Claes Nobel, a member of the Nobel Prize family. NSHSS is committed to providing programs, resources, and opportunities that will help our members successfully navigate through high school, college, and into the professional world. 

We are not just a fancy certificate and bumper sticker! Our one-time $90-membership fee gives our members access to years of unique opportunities that will suit their academic interests and career aspirations. Members will also network with fellow scholars from around the world, attend events to connect with professionals from leading universities and renowned organizations, apply for scholarships, and much more. Yet, as a high-achieving student with many options, you may be asking “What MAKES NSHSS legit?” 

Below are four powerful items that make NSHSS Legit!

NSHSS and our outstanding partners provide more than $2.5 million in scholarships annually. These scholarships can be applied to a student’s tuition at any accredited college or university globally. Our scholarships can nicely suit any student’s interests or aspirations with options focused on STEM, athletics, leadership, art, advocacy, diversity, environmental awareness and sustainability, creative and research writing, and so much more. 

In 2022, we awarded 10 incredible students and educators a $10,000 grant for their project or non-profit that demonstrated a dedication to world betterment through our very own Be More Fund during a live two-day virtual event named the Be More-a-Thon. Yes, the scholarships and grants are legit.

See the full list of NSHSS scholarships here.

Get a summary of our Be More Grant winners and the event here.


One of the most obvious ways you can determine if NSHSS is legit is by taking a look at our growing number of highly respected corporate, university, nonprofit, and governmental partners. Some of the most notable are the CIA, U.S. Army, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  UC Berkeley University, Abercrombie and Fitch, and many more. Our partners provide numerous benefits to our members ranging from scholarships, internships, study abroad programs, free webinars, and more. So ask yourself, could NSHSS proudly name and display these incredible organizations and universities as partners without being legit? The simple answer is no, we couldn’t, and that’s a big reason for what makes NSHSS legit!

See Full list of NSHSS Partners

NSHSS and its partners provide frequent FREE webinars and virtual events to help students prepare for college and their careers. With webinars that focus on college application essay writing, finding and earning scholarships, financial aid and literacy, best safety practices during COVID-19, and so many more, students along with their parents can learn more about the topics that are most important to them, while also getting to know our partners and what they can offer to students on a first-hand basis. 

Additionally, (pre- and post-COVID), our in-person member events take place at universities and corporations all over the United States. These events include interactive workshops, college and career fairs, mentor networking, a member recognition ceremony, and a members-only dance party. NSHSS not only formally recognizes our members’ outstanding academic achievements, but the activities during the events also allow students to connect with their fellow scholars as well as corporate and university professionals such as the CIA, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and UC Berkeley. 


The Society’s most popular annual event, Scholar’s Day, brings together more than 1,400 scholars, parents, and educators at the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. for two days full of learning, food, fun, and networking. If you are wondering if NSHSS is legit, our events place you face-to-face with VIPs from the most renowned companies, universities, and government agencies in the country, and it doesn’t get more real than that!

NSHSS Webinars

NSHSS Events 

NSHSS Past Webinars

Scholar’s Day D.C. 

Event at St. Jude

Scholar’s Day Atlanta Program

One of the most important ways to know if NSHSS is legit is to hear from our actual members and scholarship winners who can speak from first-hand experience of what it’s like to be a part of NSHSS. That’s why we allow our NSHSS Ambassadors, Fellows, and Collegiate Council members to takeover our Instagram and Snapchat regularly. 

Our society leaders answer questions about NSHSS and share what they are most proud of as students during their takeover. Another way for you to get in contact with actual members who have gone above and beyond to be leaders of the society is to contact any of our Collegiate Council Executive Board members who are more than happy to connect with you and share how you can get the most out of your NSHSS membership. You can also find many of our scholarship winners on YouTube, our website, and through our large array of news articles featuring NSHSS scholarship winners. 

Yes, our members are legit, our scholarship winners are legit, and NSHSS is legit. See below for how you can connect with our members and get to know more about our scholarship winners. 

Connect with members from NSHSS on Instagram and SnapChat

NSHSS Scholarship Winners in the News 

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