F.A.Q.s about NHS
Q: What is the NHS?
A: NHS is not a local or state organization, but a national organization. It is sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and it is governed by a national constitution, which we follow. The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Q: What are the basic requirements to join?
A: You must be a sophomore, junior or senior at Prosper High School, have at least a 3.0 (out of 4.0 scale) GPA or higher, have 40 hours of community service accumulated, have thirteen cumulative months in a leadership/mentorship, have two recommendation letters and three student written responses (these requirements will be documented and further explained in the application packet found in our Google Classroom). While these are the minimum requirements, only reaching the minimum will not guarantee acceptance. We encourage all students to score themselves on the checklist posted in Google Classroom.
Q: What is the application process?
A: In order for a student to be considered for membership, the local chapter requires, in accordance with the national constitution, that a candidate application packet be completely and correctly filled out and returned by an established deadline. The Faculty Advisory Council reviews candidate information packets in combination with faculty evaluations of each potential member’s qualities of service, character, and leadership to determine if an invitation for membership will be extended.
We advise treating this application process as you would a college scholarship application because this information packet and the information it provides is needed to impress the Faculty Advisory Council. Any packets that are incomplete, not filled out correctly, or turned in late will not be considered for membership. The Faculty Advisory Council members are looking for students who exhibit a good attitude in working with faculty and students, who successfully complete assignments and other tasks on time, who exhibit the willingness to go beyond the minimum of what is expected, who demonstrate initiative in activities in and out of the classroom, who accept additional responsibility and then follow through with that accepted responsibility, and who show a willingness to give extra time to their school and community activities, etc. Applications must be submitted electronically to Google Classroom. The code for this Google Classroom will change for the fall and spring semesters.
Q: I turned in my application. Now what?
A: After the Faculty Advisory Council reviews all applications, faculty evaluations, and letters of recommendation, students who meet the eligibility requirements are then accepted to join NHS. If accepted to join, you will receive an invitation to the Induction Ceremony TBD. The date for this will be announced to our Google Classroom as soon as we receive confirmation.
Q: Once I am inducted, what are the expectations?
A: Expectations are high for members of the NHS. You are to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA, complete at least 10 hours of community service per semester, and conduct yourself with proper character both in school, in life, and on social media. You are also required to pay a yearly due of $15, and a one-time club fee of $20 if this is your first club at PHS. Failure to meet these qualifications may result in probation or dismissal from the organization.
Q: I’m interested in joining. What’s my next step?
A: Everything leading up to the induction ceremony will be completed electronically on Google Classroom rather than on paper. All information, including the application packet, will be available and completed on Google Classroom. If you meet the minimum requirements and are interested in applying to NHS, you will join the Google Classroom for the fall application opening or spring application opening. Please email Ms. Rutledge at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Giles at email@example.com if you are a student interested in joining that Google Classroom.
Q: What should I do if I have more questions?
A: There will be a virtual Q&A session through Google Meet for students Monday 10/19 at 5:00pm, and Wednesday 10/21 at 5:00pm. This meeting will not take longer than 20-30 minutes, and is not required, but will be an opportunity to ask any questions. If you would like to attend but cannot make either of those meetings, please let us know and we will work something out. Please look over the application packet before attending, and come prepared with any questions you have. The code to join those meeting will be posted in the Application Google Classroom.
Please contact Ms. Rutledge or Ms. Giles, if you have any questions concerning the NHS or the candidacy process or if you would like to have your application reviewed at least one week before the submission date.
Cassie Rutledge Julianne Giles
Prosper High School