National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization of young, outstanding scholars dedicated to bettering themselves and their world. High school students in the NHS benefit from special opportunities to receive recognition for conducting themselves according to the National Honor Society criteria.

The National Honor Society Criteria:

– Scholarship
– Leadership

– Service
– Character

Since 1921, these characteristics have set NHS members apart from the rest.

Academic Standards:

Step up to the challenge. – In the National Honor Society, academic excellence is the standard.  Students who write the extra page for an English essay, always show solid work on math problems, and go out of their way to assist people in need are already off to a great start.  Grades are not the only important factor to consider, but academia comes first.

Your high school transcript prior to application will play a key role in your consideration.  Ask your school’s NHS advisor about the academic standards for membership.

Faculty members, on behalf of your local NHS chapter, will then evaluate the character of potential candidates.  (Be aware of the fact that standards and induction processes can vary from chapter to chapter.)  After signing in as a National Honor Society member, you can walk away from your school’s induction ceremony with a sense of accomplishment and high ambitions for tomorrow.

National Honor Society Scholarship

Overachieving can pay off. – Senior members can even qualify for the National Honor Society scholarship.  During their last year of high school, NHS members in good standing can ask their advisors about this opportunity to gain a valuable head start.  Students who fill out the application on time—including the necessary signatures—will be in the running.  A scholarship program that awards over $190,000 dollars a year (on average) into students’ academic goals is at least worth a try, right?  Invest in a high school society that gives you a leg up on the future.

Join a winning team. The National Honor Society has chapters in every state of the United States, several U.S. territories, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  More than a million students across the globe are discovering the advantages of community involvement and of putting in the extra work.  The NHS exists to help them reach their dreams . . . and then establish even loftier ones.


Students who meet the academic requirements will be invited to apply for membership.  For any questions on membership requirements or the application process, please email us at [email protected].

For more information on the National Honor Society, visit their website at

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.  More than just an honor roll, 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.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada.  Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Students meeting the academic requirements will be invited to apply for membership.  For any questions on membership requirements or the application process, please email us at  [email protected].
For more information on the National Honor Society, visit their Web site at

The National Honor Society Oath

I pledge to maintain high scholastic standing,
to hold as fundamental and worthy an untarnished character,
to endeavor intelligently and courageously to be a leader,
and to give of myself freely in service to others.
In doing so, I shall prove myself worthy
of a place in the National Honor Society.

The Vanguard School National Honor Society Code

National Honor Society members value the principles of honesty,
integrity, and respect in academics and in our community.
Our duty is to serve our neighbors with humility and determination,
to emerge as dedicated scholars, to hold a high standard of character,
and to be leaders in all aspects of life.
We share a common responsibility to preserve our ideals of
character, scholarship, leadership, and service.

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