How to apply
- I would like to be a member of NHS. How will I know I am eligible and when can I submit a membership form?
Sophomores and Juniors who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.60 are invited to apply. They will receive application instructions via email at the beginning of second semester. It is imperative that students check their email regularly. Applications will be due by the end of the school day on Wednesday, March 20, 2024.
- When are members inducted into NHS?
The induction ceremony for 2024 will be held on April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Commons.
- How many service hours must I have to be considered for NHS membership?
Sophomores and Juniors who are applying must have served 18+ hours of service of presence completed within 10 months prior to submitting their application.
- What is "Service of Presence?"
Service of Presence means that the service involves directly spending time with and getting to know people who, for one reason or another, have been marginalized. For example, serving a meal to people at a shelter would qualify as service of presence.
All approved service can be found on Galaxy Digital. New service sites can be requested for approval. Please see Mrs. Casey or Mrs. Carroll for more information.
- Where can I find the list of approved agencies for NHS Service of Presence?
All approved service can be found on Galaxy Digital.
- I would like to suggest additional agencies to be included on the list of approved agencies for NHS service of presence. What is the procedure to do that?
New service sites can be requested for approval prior to completing service. Please see Mrs. Carroll or Mrs. Casey for more information.
- What is "Service to SLUH?"
This type of service recognizes that NHS members serve the SLUH community in ways that would traditionally be considered service, but do not fulfill the requirements of service of presence. Each National Honor Society Member must be a tour guide for SLUH’s open house and must volunteer for other SLUH events, such as Cashbah, SLUHtique, or the food drives. NHS members may complete 12 hours of service in this category.
- What is "Service of Involvement?"
This type of service recognizes that NHS members are involved in their respective communities in multiple ways, all of which are essential. Involvement can be SLUH related, but other organizations, such as Boy Scouts or youth groups, are valid groups for this type of service. Current members are required to complete an activity form listing their co-curricular activities and obtain verifying signatures from their moderators and coaches. This form is available from the NHS moderators.
- I've been invited to join The National Society of High School Scholars. Should I join?
No. Honorsociety.org and NSHSS are both essentially scams and you should not join them. While they may not be malicious, there is absolutely no benefit to you in joining. We do not charge students to join SLUH's NHS and discourage them from joining any other program that asks for money.
- I was just inducted as a member of NHS. Now what?
For Juniors: Beginning June 1, your service hours will count for hours served for the following school year. NHS members must complete all 30+ hours of service by the end of April. Members must attend NHS quarterly meetings and assist with other NHS sponsored activities including but not limited to NHS Days of Service, Teacher Karaoke, NHS Book Drive, the Green Locker Clean-out, and the Induction Ceremony. Other activities will be planned by the NHS officers and NHS members will be notified as necessary.
For Seniors: Beginning June 1, your service hours will count for hours served for the following school year. NHS members must complete all 12+ hours of either service of presence of service to SLUH by end of April. Members must attend NHS quarterly meetings and assist with other NHS sponsored activities including but not limited to Teacher Karaoke, NHS Book Drive, the Green Locker Clean-out, and the Induction Ceremony. Other activities will be planned by the NHS officers and NHS members will be notified as necessary.
- Does Senior Service Project count towards my hours needed for NHS during Senior year?
Yes, but you need an additional 12+ hours completed by end of April.
- Is there a deadline to complete the required service hours?
Yes. Service hours are due at the end of April. Specific dates change from year to year.
- I forgot to turn in my service hour form by the due date. Are there consequences?
Please see Mrs. Carroll or Mrs. Casey if your form is late.
- I was not able to complete the required number of service hours by the final due date. Are there consequences?
Members who do not complete the required number of service hours by the final due date will be placed on probation for one subsequent complete quarter (1st quarter of the following school year). If, by the end of that time, that member has performed the necessary remaining service hours from the previous school year, and his actions do not warrant further consequences, his membership will return to regular status. However, if, during that time, that member fails to live up to the duties of an NHS member (such as failure to complete his missing service hours from the previous year, submit the required service forms, pay his dues, or attend mandatory activities, etc...) his NHS membership will be revoked. Seniors who are on probation anytime during the 4th quarter will not be recognized as "NHS members in good standing" at the All School Awards Ceremony in April.
- Besides the service requirement, what else is required?
Members must attend the quarterly meetings and assist with other NHS sponsored activities