General National Honor Society Information

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Today, it is estimated that over one million students participate in activities of the NHS and its middle level counterpart, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and many U.S. Territories and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and providing community service.


In October, the faculty will select new members of the Dublin Scioto National Honor Society. The purpose of this organization is to recognize students who have demonstrated superior efforts in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. National Honor Society is a unique organization because it considers all aspects of the students who are to be members. To be eligible for induction to the Dublin Scioto National Honor Society, a student must be a junior or a senior with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.  Service is also a requirement. Juniors must have completed 20 hours of community or school service. Seniors who are applying must have completed 30 hours of community or school service.

Please remember that induction into the National Honor Society is not a right, but a privilege.

Selection Procedures

1. All eligible juniors and seniors should be notified through school email.
2. All students interested in being considered for the selection process must complete and return the student activity packet.  ( available to download on the NHS website) .
4. Students are selected for membership by a five member faculty council on the basis of scholarship, leadership, character, and service with input from the staff . The faculty council develops the working definitions of these criteria and provides some objective measure of a student’s qualifications in each of these areas.
5. The decisions of the faculty council are final. The council members as well as all student information are kept confidential both during and after the selection process.

Recognition at Graduation

Wearing the NHS medal and recognition in the program at graduation are a special honors which indicate ACTIVE NHS membership by a member who modeled scholarship, leadership, character, with 20 hours of service to the community during the junior and the senior year, for a total of 40 hours. Preferably, the hours will be school and community related. Hours will be due by April 15 each year. If you do not complete the service hours, you will not be recognized as an active member of NHS in the graduation program nor will you receive an NHS medal.

Service Hours

In order to be recognized as an NHS member at graduation, inducted members are required to complete 20 hours of service by April 15th of the junior and senior year. If you enter as a senior, you  need 20 service hours by April 15th. This is in addition to the hours submitted for application. Preferably the 20 hours per year  will include school and community service activities.

School Service Examples

Office / Guidance Worker/ Peer Tutor –only when no class credit is given.
( The maximum number of hours per semester to be earned in this category is 10 per year.)

Chapman Carnival

Scioto Open House or Curriculum Night

Freshman Orientation

Community Service Examples

Soup Kitchen
Retirement Home

Remember.... you do not receive any form of payment, gifts, or raise money for your uniform when you are doing service hours.
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