Another school year is upon us, and with it comes National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students—both seasoned and new—who show a passion for personal growth, community leadership, and professional readiness. But their ambition also requires careful guidance—and that’s where you come in.

We know that you and your honor society put immeasurable time and energy into being an example of excellence (even when you feel like you’re running on fumes). Award programs available throughout the year are your chance to prove you and your students have worked hard to deserve the word “honor” in your name. Learn more at

Outstanding Service Project

Service hours are at the heart of NHS and NJHS, and more than 25,000 active chapters nationwide put in millions of hours each year. Your students work tirelessly to make significant contributions to your community by volunteering their time, collecting donations and supplies, raising awareness, even building playgrounds, and they should be recognized for their efforts. These students are so devoted that saying “thank you” just isn’t enough. So, apply for the Outstanding Service Project awards as a way of celebrating all your hard work. But hurry: The application window closes November 1.

NHS Scholarship

NHS has awarded more than $14 million in scholarships since its inception in 1946—and we bet you have a student who deserves a piece of the organization’s scholarship money. Supported by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the NHS Scholarship rewards the most remarkable students for their service, leadership, and character. Broken down into semifinalists, finalists, and one national winner (who could win more than $20,000), this coveted scholarship makes higher education aspirations that much more affordable. We will begin accepting applications this fall.

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award

Middle level students are already planning their next steps in education, and the annual NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award can help them reach their goals. Before you wonder, “How can I pick the best out of all my students?” realize that you may nominate as many of your active NJHS students as you wish. Nominations open January 2019.

Rynearson National Adviser of the Year

Advisers are the true superheroes of Honor Society chapters, and you deserve special recognition for the work and guidance you provide on top of your regular teaching duties. The Rynearson National Adviser of the Year Award was created to honor advisers who set the stage for their students, yet stay out of the spotlight. Apply this November and step into the limelight to get your well-deserved recognition (oh, and $500!).

Kyker State Association Service Project Award

Named for Ardis Kyker, who coordinated the state NHS association in Minnesota for more than 20 years and served as a loyal supporter of the NHS and NJHS missions, the Kyker State Association Service Project Award is open to all state student council and National Honor Society associations. This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of a state association for organizing and hosting a statewide service project thanks to the exceptional achievements of its members. Applications open in February 2019.