Has a teacher informed you that you should join the National Honor Society (NHS) instead of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)? You’re not alone.
Some students have wondered whether one of these honor societies is better than the other. We hope to answer that question in detail.
What Membership in the National Honor Society Means for You
The with stringent membership requirements. Any student who qualifies to join should be exceptionally proud of themselves. Some wonderful perks come with being a member. These include:
- The opportunity to take part in National Student Leadership Week
- College planning assistance
- Mandated community service hours (great for college applications)
- Participation in Leadership Experience and Development (LEAD) conferences
- Attendance at statewide summits and networking events
- A potential edge in college admissions
- Assistance with financial aid planning
- The opportunity to
All of these are worthwhile benefits.
Are You a Good Fit for the NHS?
There are some things to consider when deciding to pursue membership with this honor society. First, your school’s NHS charter is responsible for establishing many of the standards for admission and continued membership. It’s wise to learn what their requirements are.
Further, you will be expected to complete service hours. Be certain that your schedule will allow for that. If it does, and you believe that you will fit in well with your school’s chapter, ask a teacher to nominate you for membership. You will develop great leadership skills and access some amazing opportunities.
The Benefits of Joining the National Society of High School Scholars
Like the NHS, NSHSS is selective. We seek to honor the best students and give them opportunities they may not otherwise be able to access.
To do this in an inclusive way, we focus on academic performance. Because we believe that students can be academically talented in many different ways, our society offers several options for students to earn entry into our program:
- A cumulative GPA exceeding 3.5 (on a 4.0 Scale) or equivalent, such as 88 on a 100-point scale
- SAT score of 1280 or higher
- PSAT score of 1150 or higher
- ACT score exceeding 26
- A score of 4 or above on any AP exam
- Total IB test scores of 36 or higher combined
- IGCSE Grade A or higher
- In the top 10% rank of their class
Once students join, they can enjoy the following benefits:
- A lifetime membership in the NSHSS
- Access to lucrative scholarship opportunities
- The ability to attend online and in-person events
- Helpful networking opportunities with our partners and other scholars
- Assistance with college admissions
- Unique experiences offered by our partner organizations
- College and university tours
We are proud to offer exclusive opportunities to our more than 2 million members from 26,000 schools and more than 170 countries.
Are You a Good Fit for the NSHSS?
While we happily welcome high-achieving students, you must research your options before you decide to join the NSHSS. Please start by reviewing the information on our website.
We also encourage you to read . Many of them contain very useful information. Also, please review the information concerning some of the allegations—particularly . This provides some counterpoints to a few untrue statements you might hear about our relationship with NHS.
Next, please compare the details of our organization with your own needs and preferences. Many students appreciate that we offer memberships entirely independent of schools or other local organizations. This is helpful to students who may change schools frequently, or who do not attend traditional K-12 schools.
At the same time, this also means students must be self-motivated to get the most out of their membership. We offer wonderful opportunities, but it is up to you to pursue them.
There will be no teacher or guidance counselor reminding you to sign up for our events or stay in contact with your peers. Fortunately, we have found that many students thrive with this independence and learn to take ownership of their academic futures. Many students choose to join both organizations, and we believe this is also a valid choice. If you decide you want more information about becoming a member of NSHSS, just . We are happy to help you.
Learn more on this topic with the following blog: "NHS vs NSHSS: What's the Difference?"