Tell Your Student Leaders to Apply for the NHS Scholarship

Since 1946, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has awarded more than $25 million in scholarships to outstanding NHS seniors. This year, we are awarding $2 million in scholarships to 600 students. Each year, scholarship recipients are selected based on their demonstration of the four pillars of NHS: Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.

3 Steps to Apply


  • September 16, 2024: Application opens

  • November 26, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. (ET): Submission deadline

  • February 2025: Applicants receive notifications

  • April 2025: All-expense paid trip to DC for top 25 scholarship finalists and their advisers


To be eligible, a student must be:

  • A high school senior and/or expecting to receive a high school diploma during the current academic year.
  • An active member in good standing of a National Honor Society chapter, meeting all membership requirements and obligations of the local chapter.
  • An NHS student account holder, verified by the NHS chapter adviser.
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. college or university.

Note: There are no limits to the number of applicants per chapter.

Swetha Pendela

“The NHS Scholarship is one of the best opportunities available to high school students. The NHS Trailblazing Leadership Week was the most transformative experience I have ever had. I encourage anybody who is eligible to apply. This is not an opportunity you want to miss!“ – Swetha Pendela, 2022 NHS Scholarship Finalist

Learn more about the 2024 NHS Scholarship winners.