NHS & NJHS: Honor Society News


NHS Scholarships: A College Cost Cutter
The upcoming holiday break is the perfect time for your NHS senior members to apply for an NHS Scholarship. There’s $1 million at stake to be distributed among 400 members. Help your most outstanding senior members offset their college costs by encouraging them to visit www.nhs.us/scholarship. Advisers, be sure to log in and distribute instructions to all eligible members and your principal. The student application deadline is February 1, 2017, and the adviser/principal recommendation deadline is February 10, 2017.

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award: Another college cost cutter
NJHS advisers: Who are your star members? The holiday break is also an ideal time to start thinking about members you might nominate for an NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award. A total of 500 winners each receive a $500 college savings award. Nominations will open January 30, 2017. Give your top NJHS members a head start by asking them to complete a self-reflection. Download the PDF here. Ask any member you might nominate to complete it and give it back to you. You can use the form to help you complete the student’s nomination. As a reminder, all self-reflection forms are optional and for adviser use only. They are not to be sent to the national office and completion does not guarantee an award.

Virtual College Application Essay Writing Workshops Continue
What do scholarship providers look for in student applications? “Sharing Your Story Through Scholarship Application Essays” is a virtual workshop for NHS members this Wednesday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. (ET). This session explores essay questions from current scholarship applications and highlights winning essays from previous years. Tell members to visit www.nhs.us/virtualNHS to register. This is the final session in the virtual writing workshop series this calendar year. The holiday break can be another opportunity for members to catch up and watch any previously recorded workshop. All sessions are available on demand via the same link.

Pay It Forward through Student Leadership Initiative
The NASSP Student Leadership Initiative: Global Citizenship is well underway. Now, your members have a chance to show how they are making global change and give back to their favorite cause or charity. Tell them to share how they are making a difference with a post to Instagram using #MakingGlobalChange. One post each month through 2017 will be chosen to win $100 for the chapter’s charity of choice in the chapter’s name. We’re also recruiting students as global change ambassadors to spread the word about the initiative. Tell your students to visit www.makingglobalchange.org to learn how to get involved and get contest details.

Show and Tell—on Instagram!
Have you asked your members recently: How will you #HonorYourFutureNow? We want to see them—making a college visit, exploring career websites, doing homework, or however they’re preparing for their future. Here’s another great holiday break idea. Tell your members to post a picture of themselves engaged in their prep activities to Instagram using #HonorYourFutureNow and tagging @nhs_njhs by February 27, 2017. They could win a celebrity shout-out from 2014 Miss Teen USA K. Lee Graham or YouTube star Ben J. Pierce.

The Suspense is Over
The results are in and we congratulate Frederick Douglass Academy VII in Brooklyn, NY; Edward E. Drew Jr. Middle School in Stafford, VA; and Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School, Miami, FL, as the winners in this year’s National Principals Month (NPM) #ThankAPrincipal video contest. Each wins a $200 Best Buy gift card. Watch the winning videos on the NPM website.


How to Become a Member Infographic
To help students understand the process of becoming a member, we recently posted an infographic to the NHS and NJHS websites. It broadly illustrates the steps leading to membership. To help your student body learn the process and promote your chapter, you may wish to download and print the piece.

» Click here for the NHS version.

» Click here for the NJHS version.

Each is available through the membership pages for students and parents and the start-a-chapter pages for advisers and administrators on the NHS and NJHS websites.

Induction Ceremony Planning
Planning your induction ceremony? Do you need help organizing your thoughts? Are you a newbie adviser who’s feeling a bit overwhelmed? The Adviser Resource Center offers a handy infographic you can review or download to visually step you through the planning. Log in to the NHS or NJHS Adviser Resource Center’s “Inducting Members” section and get started.

Frame Your Pride
Your annual certification of affiliation is a way to display your commitment to student achievement. Share the pride of affiliation for all to see with an attractive frame made just for it! In fact, why not use the holiday promotion discount (see sidebar item) to order a frame today?

» See the NHS frame here.

» See the NJHS frame here.

frame photo


National Student Project Database

There are more than 5,000 project ideas available at your fingertips! Log in now to the National Student Project Database on the NHS and NJHS websites for ideas from other schools and to submit your own successful projects!

Reminder: Please enter only projects that have been completed by your chapter, not proposed project ideas. Include project dates and photos (if you have them) along with your project description.

Is there something you’d like us to include in next month’s Honor Society News? Email your ideas or suggestions to [email protected].



NHS Scholarship applications accepted

14 Sharing Your Story Through Scholarship Application Essays,” 7:00–8:00 p.m. (ET) virtual college application essay writing workshop

19 LEAD Conference DC early-bird registration deadline


NHS Scholarship applications accepted

13 LEAD Conference DC regular registration deadline

13 LEAD Conference Chicago early-bird registration deadline

27 LEAD Conference Chicago regular registration deadline

30 NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award nominations open


1 NHS Scholarship student application deadline

3-5 LEAD Conference Washington, D.C.

10-12 LEAD Conference Chicago, IL

10 NHS Scholarship principal/adviser recommendations deadline

15 Rynearson National Adviser of the Year application deadline

15Early Planning for College Affordability,” 7:00–8:00 p.m. (ET) college admission and financial aid planning webinar

27 #HonorYourFutureNow Instagram contest submission deadline

28 Outstanding Service Project application deadline

In the latest Advise:

Advise magazine cover

The December/January Advise features the annual student leadership calendar insert. When you get your issue in the mail, be sure to pull it out from the centerfold and display it so you and your members can plan for 2017 events and activities.

Tell us your story! If you’d like to contribute an article to Advise, view the editorial calendar and send your ideas to [email protected].

Jingle All the Way!
Shop the NHS and NJHS Store and get 10 percent off online orders when you enter code HOL16. No need to worry about parking when you shop 24/7 in these online stores! Stock up now on supplies you know you’ll need in the year ahead. This offer is valid through December 31, 2016. Start browsing the NHS Store or NJHS Store.

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