Applications for the 2015–16 National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship program will open next week. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), parent organization of the National Honor Society, has awarded NHS Scholarships since 1946, providing more than $12 million in scholarships to outstanding NHS members.
This year marks the beginning of significant growth for the NHS Scholarship Program, highlighting NASSP’s commitment to recognizing students and increasing support for college access and success.
Applications and further information will be available in the NHS Scholarship section of the website on November 16.
Student applications and all recommendations must be completed online.
The deadline for student applications is February 16, 2016. You and your principal must submit recommendations and certify applications by February 24, 2016.
This outlines what’s new with the program this year:
- You may now allow any eligible senior member of your NHS chapter to apply for the scholarship; this removes previous limits on the number of applicants per chapter.
- The scholarship criteria include the four pillars of NHS, as well as financial need, demonstrated by eligibility for participation in the National School Lunch Program.
- The number of scholarships awarded will increase from 200 to 300 national semifinalists. All semifinalists will receive $1,500 scholarships. Twenty-five national finalists will receive an additional $1,500—for a total of $3,000. The national winner will now receive a total of $15,500.
- This year’s disbursement will total $500,000, doubling the amount previously awarded. NASSP will continue to gradually increase scholarship funding until a total annual pool of $2 million is established.
NASSP is proud to administer this national scholarship program for the 17,600 chapters of NHS. We encourage your chapter to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to recognize your outstanding NHS seniors and support their journey toward future achievement and success.