National Honor Society

When Things Get Personal

Guest post by Crystal Newby

With another college application season about to start once again, we know that one of your students’ main concerns is the admissions essay. That’s why the National Honor Society (NHS) recently launched a series of virtual college application essay writing workshops. In one such workshop, Crystal Newby, assistant director of education and training for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), presented “Perfecting the Personal Statement.” After the presentation, Crystal prepared some strategies for you to share with your students:

I’m sure you’ve heard your parents, grandparents, or family members say the phrases, “When I was your age…” or “I’ve been in your shoes.” When I heard mine say this, I used to roll my eyes (behind my mom’s back, of course). I used to think that they couldn’t possibly understand what I was going through. It wasn’t until later in life that I appreciated what they said and came to the realization that they really did understand. (more…)

In Their Words: Reflections on the State Summit Experience

This academic year, students found their voice and discovered a new means of empowerment, thanks to the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society State Summit experience. Five locations hosted the State Summit in 2016–17: southern California, Ohio, Massachusetts, Texas, and New Mexico. This innovative leadership development experience will be coming to more locations in 2017–18. Here, two student delegates at the Texas State Summit reflect on the day, giving a glimpse into the summit from the student perspective.

Jaden Smith
NEHS member
Fourth Grade
Holy Trinity Episcopal School, Houston, TX

During the Texas State Summit I enjoyed learning about conservation and social justice efforts. The State Summit helped me understand my relationship with the environment. The State Summit also helped me develop leadership skills and more. (more…)

Money Matters: 5 Tips for Tackling Scholarship Application Essays

Guest post by Andrea Elzy

Andrea “Drea” Elzy recently led a National Honor Society virtual college application essay writing workshop on the topic of scholarship applications. Here, she offers valuable tips that can be shared with students.

The college admission process can be a rigorous one—and requires reflection on what schools to apply to, why to apply to those particular universities, and how students might potentially finance their education.

Scholarships can be a great resource and an often untapped way to help ease the burden of educational expenses. There is no shortage of funding through scholarships—and, in many cases, students may find that there are scholarships available for not only academics and extracurricular involvement, but also scholarships available for personal attributes, qualities, etc.

Here are five tips (more…)

Reflections: Who Made You Proud Today?

Put aside the standardized test scores, budget spreadsheets, and graduation rate analysis for your school for just a moment—and join me in some time for reflection.

Think about the students who made a difference in your school or community in a truly significant way. After all, these are the moments that remind us of our impact as educational leaders.

As this year’s record number of applicants for the National Honor Society (NHS) Scholarship clearly proves, there is an abundance of students (more…)

4 Tips to Share with Students Looking for “The Right College Fit”

Last week, the National Honor Societies hosted its third college admission planning webinar of this academic year. The webinar focused on “The ‘Right’ College Fit” and was designed to help students choose a college that’s best for them, especially when selecting among several options due to multiple acceptances.

In addition to sharing the link to the archived webinar on the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society websites, school leaders are also encouraged to share these top four insights from the webinar panelists with their students, student program advisers, and counselors. (more…)

Higher Ambitions Toward Higher Education: NHS and NJHS Lead the Way

This academic year, the National Honor Society (NHS) and the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) embarked on an aggressive goal: To support and increase college access and success for its members—and secondary students in general. The goal targets a White House initiative rooted in a profound statistic.

In a June 2014 Education Week article, First Lady Michelle Obama, an NHS alumna herself, wrote, “A generation ago, America had the highest percentage of college graduates in the world. But today, we’ve dropped all the way to 12th in terms of young adults.” (more…)

Why Middle Level Students Need to Start Saving for College

“Children with $500 or less saved for college are three times more likely to enroll in college and four times more likely to graduate,” according to the Assets and Education Initiative, as published in the CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development) Fact File in 2014.

In an era when college costs are skyrocketing, these compelling statistics presented an opportunity for the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) to step in. To provide a head start on saving for college, this month NJHS launched its first-ever individual student award program.

The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award will recognize 500 of the most exceptional NJHS members nationwide with a $500 college savings award, (more…)

New Scholarship Search Tool Launched to Support NHS Members

A Google search for “college scholarships” yields 112 million results. What if a student could narrow that search to generate options that were more focused on his or her attributes and aptitudes?

This week, the National Honor Society (NHS) introduced NHS Scholar Dollars, a scholarship search tool powered by College Board. Now, NHS members will be able to more efficiently explore scholarship opportunities. The tool provides members with filtered results based on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. (more…)

Colleges Look Beyond Applicant Grades

“Be yourself.” That was the message shared by three college admission professionals during the first college admission planning webinar hosted by the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). NASSP is the parent organization of NHS and NJHS.

Staged live at the LEAD Conference in Phoenix on November 14 and broadcast to more than 800 virtual attendees, the webinar featured Christine Bowman, dean of admission and enrollment services at Southwestern University, a small, private liberal arts college in Texas; David Burge, vice president of enrollment management at George Mason University (GMU), a public university in suburban Washington, D.C.; and Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management at the University of California, Los Angeles. (more…)

National Honor Societies Officially Launch New Initiatives

“Our world faces too many challenges—and those challenges require every bit of potential our students possess to be developed and unleashed. NASSP recognizes that need and aims to help fulfill it.” With those words, Michael E. Allison, president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), framed NASSP’s October 1 event announcing new programs and services from the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).

Several guest speakers offered some perspective, including a representative of Get Schooled, an education nonprofit that recently asked students to name their top concerns. The responses are profound. More than three-quarters of students say that “education” and “paying for college” are, by far, their biggest concerns. Meanwhile, half of the respondents cite “jobs” and “the economy” as chief issues facing their generation.

These substantial statistics give credence to what’s behind the new NHS and NJHS programs and services. NASSP is the parent organization of NHS and NJHS. (more…)