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Unlock Your Potential with a Lifetime of Benefits

A Lifetime Membership in NSHSS helps today’s scholars become tomorrow’s leaders through recognition, scholarships, college fairs, internships, career connections, personal development events, leadership opportunities, and more. We are committed to supporting you on your path to greatness.

Unsure if NSHSS is worth it? Your one-time Lifetime Membership fee of $90 goes toward the costs of member communications, benefits, technology support, and more. There are no fees to apply for scholarships. You are a member for life, and your full benefits extend from high school to college and beyond.


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In Our Member Community Since 2002



In Scholarships Awarded Annually


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With NSHSS Members, Including Your School

Member Qualifications

NSHSS recognizes young scholars who have demonstrated excellence through their academic achievements based on objective criteria, including grades and test scores. Students must meet any one of the following criteria to be considered for membership. 


3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)

1280 SAT score or higher

1150 PSAT score or higher

26 ACT score or higher

Score 4 or higher on any AP exam

Total combined IB test scores of 36 or higher

IGCSE Grade A or higher

Top 10% rank in class


There is a one time $90 fee for your NSHSS lifetime membership.


Accept Your NSHSS Invitation

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A Lifetime of Benefits for High School, College, & Beyond

High School

Apply for scholarships to help you pay for college, plus participate in leadership events, college recruitment fairs, and more.


Broaden your horizons through scholarships for international study abroad experiences and summer programs. Gain valuable real-world skills through top-notch internships.

Graduate School

Continue to benefit from scholarships, study abroad programs and exclusive resource discounts even as you pursue graduate studies.

And Beyond

As an NSHSS Lifetime Member, you’ll connect with high-caliber business partners, giving you an edge over your competition.

Be Recognized

What are you waiting for? Celebrate your hard work and academic achievements and start enjoying the benefits of Lifetime Membership today.

What It Means To Be A Member

NSHSS Community of Passionate Students

NSHSS Opportunities: College Prep & Scholarship Resources

Be More Fund recipient Alimah Kasumu joined NSHSS and shares her experiences & opportunities.

The impact of networking

Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship recipient Paxton Peacock explains the importance of networking.

NSHSS Parent Interviews

NSHSS Parents discuss the opportunities & experiences their children have had as members of NSHSS.

Raina Kadavil

Raina Kadavil, a Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship recipient, share a few words of inspiration.

NSHSS Member Interviews

NSHSS members share their experiences and talk about the wide variety of membership opportunities.

Rewarding Partner Opportunities

NSHSS is proud to collaborate with our partners in education, business, nonprofit, and government to bring rewarding scholarship opportunities as well as discounts on travel, leadership conferences and camps, and more.

NSHSS Membership FAQs

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
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Total combined IB test scores of 36 or higher
  • IGSCE Grade A or higher
  • Top 10% rank in class

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: 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.

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 have the opportunity to participate in unique events such as the festivities surrounding the Nobel Prize awards in Stockholm, Sweden.

As a new member, you will receive a welcome email immediately and membership kit within 15 business days after accepting your invitation. These materials will include:

  • Your membership certificate
  • A welcome letter from NSHSS 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
  • Free tassel drop (gold nickel-sized in shape to be worn on the tassel of the graduation cap, provided by the school)
  • Scholar sticker to proudly display NSHSS membership

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 2 million scholars from 170 countries that make up the current membership.

NSHSS scholars are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and embody the values of NSHSS co-founder Claes Nobel’s family tradition that include ethical action, service leadership, and expressions of altruism. NSHSS members are diverse: 45% are multilingual; 40% are White; 20% are African-American; 18% are Latino/Hispanic; 12% are Asian/Pacific Islander; and 10% are Multi-Racial; and 24% are first in their family to attend college.