How to Write a National Honor Society Application

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How to Write a National Honor Society Application
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High school students have the opportunity to apply and belong to one of the many chapters of the National Honor Society nationwide. Students have to exemplify and prove their commitment to scholarship, leadership, service and character. Founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Honor Society recognises excellence in high school students. According to the official site of the National Honor Society, more than one million students currently participate in the organisation in all 50 states, other U.S. territories and Canada.

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Things you need

  • Application
  • Essay/personal statement
  • 4 teacher recommendations

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  1. 1

    Enter accurate contact information at the top of the application. Type your applications. You can fill out online applications on the computer. A hard copy application requires using a typewriter. The box to the right of the contact information is for the National Honor Society to fill out when the application's receipt date. There is an application deadline. Allow enough time to complete the application and obtain supporting documents.

  2. 2

    Fill in the section for information on extra-curricular activities. Specifically name the activity, and give a description and state positions held. List activities like cheerleading, any sports affiliations, academic clubs or music involvement in this section.

  3. 3

    List all academic honours or awards received throughout high school. Highlight honour roll, dean's list, leadership honours or departmental awards in this section.

  4. 4

    Detail all community service involvement, other activities and work experience in the next two sections. You should include volunteer organisation membership, outside projects, tutoring and any other activities involving a service given without compensation. Enter hobbies, places of employment and other activities that didn't fall in the above sections in the section following community service fields.

  5. 5

    Write a personal statement answering the question listed on the application. There is a block of space on the application for the typed answer. Answer the statement fully in essay style in the space; the committee will not accept additional attachments.

  6. 6

    Distribute the teacher recommendation forms to four current teachers for completion. Teachers are required to give opinions on the four areas of scholarship, character, service and leadership.

  7. 7

    Sign and date the application in the designated areas. Have a parent or guardian review and sign the completed application as well. After obtaining signatures and all supporting documents, you can submit the application for consideration in the NHS.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow plenty of time to complete the application and personal statement and obtain teacher recommendations in order to submit all documents before the deadline.

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