The National Society of High School ScholarsNSHSS

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About NSHSS
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About NSHSS

What is the National Society of High School Scholars?

NSHSS is a membership organization with a mission of recognizing academic excellence among high-achieving students. Through unique learning experiences, exclusive scholarships, valuable internships, international study opportunities and meaningful peer networks, we connect our members with resources to develop their strengths and pursue their passions. Serving a diverse member base on a path from high school to college to career, NSHSS helps scholars identify and use the gifts they have been given and equips them for future success.

Why is Mr. Nobel involved in The National Society of High School Scholars?

Claes Nobel is the senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. He helped found NSHSS to continue his family's legacy of recognizing and rewarding contributions to world betterment. He believes the world leaders of tomorrow will emerge from today's youth, and that NSHSS is a platform for young leaders to receive the support needed to change their world. As the chair of the advisory board, Mr. Nobel is personally involved in many of the Society's initiatives. He attends member events, and provides input on the strategic direction of the organization.

How is NSHSS unique?

As an active membership organization for high-achieving students, NSHSS is not a simple recognition program or vanity press. There is no listing of students published or a book to buy. Through its objective membership process, NSHSS is proud to be an inclusive organization, drawing from a broad, diverse pool of students and offering exclusive benefits and value to its members. Unique participatory activities include academic competitions, free national events for members and their families, networking, and volunteer activities.

How are you different from the National Honor Society?

Membership with NSHSS is an individual membership and is not charted through schools. Being an individual membership is what allows NSHSS to offer a continuity of benefits that extend after high school graduation, into college and beyond. Because it is based on the individual, not the school, it also means that membership remains with the student even if they transfer schools. It also means that any student who qualifies can be a member of NSHSS regardless of their location. Membership is for a lifetime and is not renewed annually.

NSHSS is an independent organization that has no affiliation with the National Honor Society, and we do not present ourselves as having any relationship with that organization. We always encourage parents, students and educators to reach out to us directly with any questions or visit our website to learn more about our organization and the opportunities we offer our members.

What are the benefits of membership after I graduate high school? 

NSHSS members must join the Society while in high school, but will continue to enjoy the benefits of membership into their college years and beyond. After high school, members are still able to apply for scholarships, internships, and study abroad opportunities. NSHSS college members also get discounts on textbook rental, and have the opportunity to participate in unique events such as the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and attending the festivities surrounding the Nobel Prize awards in Stockholm. 

 

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About Membership

What is the criteria for membership?

NSHSS works directly with educators and educational organizations to identify students who may qualify. Students who we believe are qualified may be selected to receive an invitation.

Members must be a student in high school and must meet ANY ONE of the criteria below:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
  • Top 10% rank in class
    *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

Why have the PSAT and SAT scores for NSHSS membership eligibility change in 2016? 

In 2016, the College Board instituted new exams and new scoring systems for both the SAT and PSAT. Students who have taken the old SAT exam, whose total possible score is 2400, are eligible for membership in NSHSS with a score of 1750 or higher. Under the old PSAT exam, students must have a 200 or higher to be eligible for membership.

Students who take the new SAT exam, or have taken the new exam starting in March 2016, and score a 1280 or higher, (out of a total possible score of 1600), are eligible for membership in NSHSS. Students must score a 1150 or higher on the new PSAT exam to be eligible for membership. 

What is the equivalent to a cumulative 3.5 GPA on a different scale?

  • 4.375 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 5.0 scale
  • 5.25 Cumulative GPA or higher on a 6.0 scale
  • B+ Letter Grade Average or higher
  • 90% Percentile Grade Average or higher, on a 100 point scale

Can homeschooled students and students who attend online schools join NSHSS? 

Yes, as part of our commitment to inclusivity and our desire to provide the same opportunities for all students, homeschool and online educators may nominate any student for membership who is in high school and meets ANY ONE of the following NSHSS eligibility requirements:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Score 5 or higher on any IB exam
  • Top 10% rank in class
    *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted

How do I become a member?

Qualified students who have been identified as meeting at least one NSHSS eligibility requirement may receive an invitation letter from the Society. You must be selected for membership to join The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Once you receive your invitation, you can join online by accepting your invitation on our website: www.nshss.org/join. If you received your invitation by mail, you also have the option to join by mailing your confirmation card to the address listed on the card. 

How can I get an invitation to join NSHSS?

If you have not received an invitation, but meet one of the criteria listed above, you can ask an educator to nominate you for membership. You may download the student nomination form, print it, have an educator complete it, and return the form to the Society via email to information@nshss.org.

What do I get once I become a member?

As a new member, you will receive a membership kit within 15 business days after accepting your invitation. The kit contains:

  • Your membership certificate
  • A welcome letter from NSHSS founder Mr. Claes Nobel with your membership ID number
  • A press release that announces your membership in the Society
  • Information about your benefits and how you can apply for scholarships
  • Information from NSHSS partners and programs
  • Window decal to proudly display NSHSS membership

I'm a new member, how can I become more involved with NSHSS?

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Update your profile so you don’t miss any important messages, offers and information and begin exploring the nshss.org website or you can:

  • Put your press release in the local newspaper to announce your membership to the world; announce it on social media
  • Attend an NSHSS member event or college fair 
  • Write an article for the NSHSS Scholars Journal
  • Become an NSHSS Ambassador to tell others at your school about the Society
  • Follow NSHSS on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook to get the latest updates and information

Explore the discounts, scholarships, and other privileges offered by NSHSS partners

How do I apply for NSHSS scholarships?

Visit /dashboard/ to sign into your member dashboard. Select “Set Up Your Password” if it is your first time signing in. Once you are in your member dashboard, select “Apply for Scholarships.” Scholarship applications appear on student dashboards only.

How do I submit my Press Release to my local newspaper?

If you would like to submit this press release for publication, please contact the editorial department(s) at your local newspaper(s) and/or local magazine. You can easily locate the newspaper and/or magazine online, and contact the editorial department(s) via the email listed on their website. You may submit to multiple newspapers and media outlets if you wish. Following these guidelines will help increase the likelihood of publication:

  • Attach your photo and biographical information, including honors and awards.
  • Provide your contact information so the newspaper or media outlet may easily reach you or your family if they have additional questions.
  • Reproduce multiple copies of the release so that it may be sent to newspapers, radio, television stations, and other local sources.
  • Send a copy of the release to your high school newspaper, parents' company newsletter, and other organizations of which you are a member.
  • Address each to the "Community News Editor."

Please share your press coverage with NSHSS by emailing pr@nshss.org.

How do I cancel my membership?

You may cancel your membership at any time.However, to receive a refund, you must cancel your membership within 60 days from the time your membership was processed. Membership cancellations can only be processed over the phone. Please visit our Contact Us page.

I've moved! How can I get this updated or fixed?

To update your member profile or address, go to www.nshss.org and log in to the Member Dashboard of the website. Click "My Profile" and update address, email or any other information required. Alternatively, you can send an email to information@nshss.org and our Member Services team will update your profile.

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Invitation Questions

I can't find my confirmation code; how can I locate it?

Your personal confirmation code is printed on your confirmation card, on the bottom right corner of your invitation letter or provided on your email invitation. If you do not have your invitation letter or confirmation card, you can email NSHSS headquarters at informaton@nshss.org and an NSHSS team member will assist you.

I'm a teacher or counselor, how do I nominate students?

Any educator (teacher, principal, counselor) may nominate high school students (grades 9-12) who meet any ONE of the criteria listed above. Educators can download the Student Nomination Form to nominate students. Educators can nominate students for membership online after registering at /about-nshss/educators/register-as-educator/. After registering, educators can nominate a student here

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Merchandise Questions

I've moved! How can I get this updated or fixed?

To update your member profile or address, go to www.nshss.org and log in to the Member Dashboard of the website. Click "My Profile" and update address, email or any other information required. Alternatively, you can send an email to information@nshss.org.

What are the payment options available for e-store orders?

The payment options available for the NSHSS Store are currently Discover, MasterCard and Visa. For estore purchases only, PayPal is an additional option.

Can I order graduation items from NSHSS?

Yes. NSHSS honor cords, honor medallions, honor stoles, tassel drops (no tassel included), lapel pins and spirit wear are on our estore and are available exclusively for NSHSS members, their parents and our educators. Before you order your graduation regalia, please check with your Principal or Graduation Coordinator regarding your school’s graduation policy on wearing graduation items. You can also save your graduation regalia for a memento, use them for family photos or have them framed. Graduation items are non-refundable. If you need to return graduation items, we will issue a store credit good for ninety (90) days once we receive the returned merchandise in the same condition it was received. For more information on Graduation Merchandise, see Graduation Merchandise Policy.

What is your shipping policy?

All online e-store orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase. You will receive an email (at the email you provided when you joined) with a United States Postal Service, (USPS), and tracking number. You can track your merchandise at www.USPS.com. You can also find a link to your order number and tracking information on your Member Dashboard.

Shipping Options: If you choose Standard Shipping, your order will be processed and leave our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase. It will be shipped to you via USPS First Class Mail. If you choose other services, your order will be shipped to you per your chosen option and you will be able to track it here.

If you have any questions about your order, please email store@nshss.org, and we will respond as quickly as possible. Otherwise, please refer to your email to track your merchandise shipment.

Expedited Shipping: Please be aware that we do NOT offer Overnight shipping unless your order is placed BEFORE 10 AM EST. If you request Expedited Shipping at Checkout and the time is after 10 AM EST, your order will be given top priority and will process and ship via the USPS and should arrive within 3 business days of online credit card purchase. You will receive an email with the tracking number and you will be able to track it here.

What is the Refund, Return or Exchange Policy?

REFUND POLICY. Refunds will be issued for select merchandise only returned to NSHSS within 30 days of original purchase and returned in the same condition it was received. We will not accept returns or issue a refund if items are returned after 30 days. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. The member must pay shipping charges for returns.

RETURN POLICY. For all packages sent to NSHSS for a return or exchange: Please write RETURN or EXCHANGE on the outside of the package. Include a note with the following information: order number, contact email, phone number, and a note explaining the action you would like taken. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. Members must pay shipping charges for returns or exchanges.

EXCHANGE POLICY. We will exchange any defective item within 30 days of purchase for the same item if the original item is returned within 30 days in the same condition it was received. If you wish to exchange a clothing item due to a sizing issue, we will exchange your clothing item for a different size upon receipt of the original item if it is returned within 30 days in the same condition it was received. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. The member must pay shipping charges for exchanges.

Return Address: Please send any items for Refund/Return/Exchange to NSHSS Headquarters,
Returns Processing, 1936 North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30319. NSHSS is not able to refund shipping and handling fees. Members must pay shipping charges for refunds, returns or exchanges.

I'm not a member, can I purchase something from your e-store?

NSHSS merchandise and spirit wear is for our members, their parents and our educators. If you are a parent or grandparent and would like to order merchandise, place your order online and check out as a guest.

What are the shipping options available for an e-store order?

All online e-store orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase if Standard Shipping is the option. For Expedited Shipping, orders are processed and shipped from our warehouse and should arrive within 3-5 business days.

How long does it take for my item to be shipped?

All online e-store orders that are shipped via Standard Shipping should arrive within 15 business days of online purchase unless you choose a faster shipping option.

I received my membership kit, where is the merchandise I also ordered?

Merchandise and member kits are usually packaged together. Larger merchandise items are shipped separately, but should arrive within days of the member kit. You should have received an email when your merchandise ships that will allow you to track your merchandise. As long as your item has been fulfilled, you can track your merchandise shipment via your order number and tracking information on your Member Dashboard.

How can I contact you?

Contact NSHSS e-store customer service at store@nshss.org

 

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About the Membership Fee

How much does NSHSS cost?

NSHSS has a one-time membership fee of $75 USD for members in the United States, and $95 USD for international members. There are no annual dues or renewals. This is a lifetime membership. Additionally, students are eligible to apply for a waiver of the fee if they can demonstrate financial need: www.nshss.org/fee-waivers.

What are the payment options for membership in NSHSS?

You can join online at nshss.org/join. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. If you join through the mail, checks or money orders can be made payable to NSHSS and mailed to NSHSS Headquarters, 1936 North Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319, along with your Confirmation Card and Personal Confirmation Code. Should you require a copy of your confirmation card, please email information@nshss.org and we will email you a copy. 

Why is there a membership fee?

Like most membership organizations, a fee is charged to help cover the organizational costs of fulfilling our mission. Our one-time, lifetime fee covers virtually all expenses associated with membership in NSHSS, including access to benefits and opportunities available only to members of NSHSS, such as:

  • Exclusive scholarship opportunities and academic competitions
  • Publications and member-only web content
  • National events for members and their families
  • Member communications including regular emails and e-newsletters
  • Service and leadership opportunities
  • Unique outreach from top domestic & international universities
  • Unique offerings through our partnerships
  • Personalized membership certificate
  • Personalized press release for distribution to local media
  • Peer networking

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Fee Waiver Questions

What if I can't afford the membership fee?

It is our commitment that the membership fee and its payment never stands in the way of a qualified student becoming a member. We offer fee waivers for applicants who demonstrate financial need.An application is required in order to be considered for a fee waiver.

How do I apply for a fee waiver?

Since the membership fees provide for the services of all members, we do request that you carefully and honestly assess your abilities to pay the fee when requesting a fee waiver. An application is required in order to be considered for a fee waiver. Fee waivers cannot be processed over the phone or online.

I applied for a fee waiver. When will I find out if it was accepted?

You must complete all items on the fee waiver checklist and mail them to NSHSS in order to be considered for the fee waiver.All fee waivers are processed within 4-6 weeks.

If your fee waiver is approved, your member kit will be mailed to you. If you provide an email address on your confirmation card, a welcome email will be sent to that address at the time that your membership is processed.

If your fee waiver request is denied, you will receive a letter of explanation within that same time frame. Please wait at least six weeks after mailing your fee waiver application before contacting the Member Services staff for a status.

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Other Questions

How do I use the press release I received in the member kit?

 If you would like to submit this press release for publication, please contact the editorial department(s) at your local newspaper(s) and/or local magazine. You can easily locate the newspaper and/or magazine online, and contacting the editorial department(s) via the email listed on the website. Following these guidelines will help increase the likelihood of publication:

  • Attach your photo and biographical information, including honors and awards.
  • Provide your contact information so the newspaper or media outlet may easily reach you or your family if they have additional questions.
  • Reproduce multiple copies of the release so that it may be sent to newspapers, radio, television stations, and other local sources.
  • Send a copy of the release to your high school newspaper, parents' company newsletter, and other organizations of which you are a member.
  • Address each to the "Community News Editor."

Please share your press coverage with NSHSS by emailing pr@nshss.org.

Why do I not receive emails from NSHSS?

In order to receive our email messages, please add information@nshss.org to your address book. Failure to do so may prevent you from receiving email from us. In order for you to receive our email messages, log in to your Member Dashboard, click on, “My Profile”, and scroll down to Contact Preferences. Select your preferred forms of communication with NSHSS to ALLOW email communications.

Who are the NSHSS official partners?

Current NSHSS partners are listed on the NSHSS partnership page.

Where is the contact information for NSHSS?

Current NSHSS contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.

I forgot my password.

If you have forgotten your password, go to https://nshss.org/dashboard/ to log in.

  • Click the “forgot my password” link at Log In to reset your password.
  • Enter the email on your account; you will be sent an email.
  • Follow the directions in your email to reset your password.

If your email has changed, or you do not remember which email was used to create the account, please send an email to information@nshss.org and an NSHSS team member will assist you.


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