The National Society of High School ScholarsNSHSS

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Educators

What are the benefits of membership with NSHSS for my students?
What are the criteria to nominate students for membership?
Who are NSHSS members?
Is there a fee associated with your Society?
How are students selected for membership with NSHSS?
Can homeschooled students join NSHSS?
As an educator, may I attend an NSHSS member event?


What are the benefits of membership with NSHSS for my students?

Membership with NSHSS begins with recognition of academic achievement, but it doesn’t end there. NSHSS serves to help high-achieving students successfully transition from high school to college and from college into their young professional lives.  Membership with NSHSS is for a lifetime.  In addition to more than $1 million in college scholarships annually, the benefits of membership include: direct connections with university admissions officers at public and private institutions worldwide; scholarships and discounts for summer and semester study abroad programs; workshops to explore career opportunities with the Central Intelligence Agency and science/technology-focused corporations, among other partners; special discounts on leadership programs and testing and tutorial services; and exclusive member events where scholars meet like-minded peers from other communities.

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What are the criteria to nominate students for membership?

Any educator (teacher, principal, counselor) may nominate high school students (grades 9-12) who meet our eligibility criteria.  Educators can nominate students for membership online after registering at http://www.nshss.org/about-nshss/educators/register-as-educator/.

Members must be high school students who 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)
    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
    1280 SAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*
    1150 PSAT score or higher (new exam 2016)*

  • *Scores from the old exam (SAT score 1750 or higher; PSAT score 200 or higher) will be accepted.

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Who are NSHSS members?

Students join NSHSS while they are in high school, and their membership continues throughout their lifetime. Since NSHSS was founded in 2002, there are more than 1 million scholars from 160 countries, between the ages of 15 – 28, that make up the current membership.  NSHSS inaugurates 100,000 high school students annually.  NSHSS scholars are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and embody the values of Mr. Nobel’s family tradition that include ethical action, service leadership, and expressions of altruism. NSHSS members are diverse: 40% are multi-lingual; 38% are Caucasian; 21% are African-American; 18% are Latino/Hispanic; 13% are Asian/Pacific Islander; and 8% are Multi-Racial; and 24% are first in their family to attend college.

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Is there a fee associated with your Society?

There is a one-time membership fee of $60.  Upon joining NSHSS, new members receive a free NSHSS T-shirt, a personal letter of recognition from Mr. Nobel, personalized press release, and an embossed membership certificate that can be framed.  For students facing financial hardship, fee waivers are available, as the Society does not want to inhibit any prospective member’s ability to join our lifetime network.  For details on how to secure a fee waiver, visit http://www.nshss.org/fee-waivers.

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How are students selected for membership with NSHSS?

Student contact information is provided by teachers and counselors, educational partner organizations, the National Research Center for College and University Admissions, and the College Board Student Search Service.  Reference to how NSHSS receives a student’s information is noted in the student’s letter of invitation for membership with the Society. 

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Can homeschooled students join NSHSS?

Yes.  Homeschool educators may nominate any student for membership who meets one of the following NSHSS eligibility requirement:
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.

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As an educator, may I attend an NSHSS member event?

We welcome educators’ attendance at NSHSS Member Events.  Member events are celebrations of academic achievement.  NSHSS member events are open to all members and their immediate families, as well as educators.  Events are held throughout the year in the United States.  Mr. Nobel participates in the events as a featured speaker.

NSHSS Advisory Board members and Nobel Laureates attend, as well as educational, corporate and government partners such as the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. Department of State.  Admissions officials from esteemed universities also participate in college fairs and discussion panels.  These events are unique opportunities for students to learn about the college admissions process and financial aid.  Scholars are inspired by corporate executives and Nobel Laureates, and are encouraged to pursue their unique mission in life and to use their talents for world betterment.

For a complete list of events, please visit our Get Involved Page.


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