The National Honor Society Scholarships

The National Honor Society Scholarships provides 400 scholarships each year that range in value from $2,325 to $20,125. The program was established in 1946 and since it was developed, more than $13 million in scholarship funding has been allocated to students who are bound for college.

The application for the National Honor Society Scholarships opens on November 1st of each year. Students should complete their application as early as possible. However, all applications must be received prior to the February 1st deadline. February 10th is the deadline by which all principal and advisers must submit their certifications and letters of recommendation.

Students often wish to know how much money they can receive through this scholarship. The majority of the scholarships (375 to be exact) are worth $2,325. The winners of these scholarships are designated as national semifinalists. In addition, 24 students are named as national finalists and they receive a scholarship worth $4,500. One lucky winner is designated as the national winner, and is selected to receive the grand prize scholarships of $20,125.

During the application process, students are required to submit a response to a question that is posed. This question is called a narrative question. Students have the option to review the prompt before beginning their online application. The prompt for this year requires that applicants concisely share how NHS has influenced their development and future goals. All students must respond to this question using no more than 400 words. Additional information about the current prompt can be found here.

Students are able to see a listing of the most recent winners by looking at this link. It details the amount of the scholarship that each winner received. In addition, the principal, high school, and region is listed for each student. There is also a place on the website to see winners from years past.

Students who have remaining questions about the NHS Scholarship should be sure to explore the FAQ section of the website. A detailed list of commonly asked questions, along with their responses, can be seen here. It is important to note that there are no longer limits on the number of students who can apply fro each chapter. Any student who is a senior member of a chapter can be considered for this award. Additionally, students can contact the national office with questions about this award, by e-mailing If the applicant has questions related to the technical portion of the application, then he or she should e-mail this address instead:

Students are selected for this scholarship based on a number of different criteria. There are four NHS pillars, which are: leadership, scholarship, character, and service. Thus, students should be sure to highlight these four areas in their application. In addition to these areas, the financial need of the student is also considered. Students can find out more about income eligibility requirements at this website. Students are also able to defer the award, if desired. The scholarship is valid for up to four years after it is awarded.