“National Society of High School Scholars”

It is that time of year – letters from the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) start arriving.  Please know that the counselors at Seward High School have not nominated your son or daughter, because this organization is for-profit.  We support the National Honor Society (NHS) which has a chapter at Seward High School and doesn’t require such fees; it is non-profit.  National Honor Society (NHS) is respected and honored by colleges and universities.


Here is some basic information:  The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) is a for-profit national organization established in 2002 and claims 500,000 members.  Students pay an individual fee of $60 to join. NSHSS is operated from a corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia and doesn’t have local chapters.

These recognitions, often referred to as Vanity Awards, should be checked out thoroughly before a payment is made to an organization.  You are paying for the title on a resume, a certificate, and a name in a book, which you may then also purchase.

The National Society of High School Scholars lists membership services on its website, but these services are available to anyone, without paying a fee.   All students can easily access college and scholarship information through free online search engines such as those listed on our website under the Post-Secondary tab and Scholarships tab.  EducationQuest’s free services can do what NSHHS offers and more!