NHS Selection Process

Last Updated: 8/17/2019 11:56 AM


Selection to the National Honor Society is a privilege awarded to selected students based on criteria established by the local chapter in compliance with national guidelines. Students do not apply for membership in the National Honor Society; instead, they provide information to be used by the local selection committee (Faculty Council) to support their candidacy for membership. This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified level of academic performance.  

The Faculty Council will evaluate each candidate’s qualifications for membership in the following manner:

  • Eligible students (those with a minimum unrounded 3.7 cumulative GPA) are provided application materials by the chapter advisor.
         -No further consideration of academics is permitted under NHS guidelines.  Therefore, class rank and GPA are not provided to the Faculty Council.
  • Candidates are responsible to complete all sections of the application.
  • All completed applications must be turned in to the chapter advisors by the application deadline.  No extensions will be granted. Incomplete applications will be given NO further consideration.
  • All completed applications are forwarded to the Faculty Council. Each Council member is provided with copies of student essays in advance of deliberations to allow adequate time to read the submissions.
  • The Faculty Council meets to consider each application for membership.  The following process will be used to evaluate each applicant:

1. The criteria of Leadership, Character and Service are evaluated using a four-point rubric. (available on the MHS web site)

2. The Faculty Council deliberates on the merits of each applicant’s leadership, character and service as provided in the application packet.

3. A rubric is completed by each member of the Council for each of the three criteria. Additionally, Council members discuss the candidate’s essays, which are also scored, on the rubric.  

4.  A vote is taken on each candidate after all rubrics and discussions are complete. The five member Faculty Council will offer membership to those candidates receiving a majority vote.

All candidates are notified in writing on the results of the selection process.

  • Successful applicants and their families are invited to participate in the induction ceremony.

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