National Honor Society: Application Packets Due March 22

7 Mar





 SPRING 2013

 What is National Honor Society?  The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, membership in NHS honors 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 their beginnings in 1921. Today, it is estimated that more than 1 million students participate in activities of the NHS and chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories and Canada. Membership recognizes students for their accomplishments and challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Members are expected to uphold these four standards of membership throughout the remainder of their high school years and meet the following LHS membership requirements:                                                                                                                                              

–  3.5 grade point average                                                                                   

–  $10 annual dues                                                                                      

–  attend NHS meetings                                                                                  

–  10 hours of individual community service per semester                                                    


At Lincoln, NHS members are encouraged to meet their community service requirement as mentors and tutors to fellow Lincoln students.

Members who do not continue to meet these requirements risk dismissal from NHS.  In recognition of upholding the high standards of NHS membership, members in good standing are recognized at the Lincoln High School commencement ceremony.

How are members selected?  Each spring, eligible students are invited to apply for consideration.  Requirements for eligibility:                  


–  Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA

–  Sophomore or junior class standing

–  Registered at Lincoln for at least one semester

Please note:  eligibility does not confer membership.  Students must apply for membership and membership is awarded to those students who best demonstrate achievement in the four standards:

  • ·         Scholarship
  • ·         Leadership
  • ·         Character
  • ·         Service

What is the application process?  Complete all parts of the application packet.  Follow all directions.  You will be judged solely on the basis of these components so it is in your interest to be neat, accurate and professional.

The application will stand on its own: students will be evaluated solely on the material presented in the application.  The application must demonstrate proficiency in all four standards.  The NHS is looking for balanced membership and extraordinary levels of achievement in one standard will not compensate for deficiencies in another.

1)   Complete the Student Activity Information Form

2)  Attach a current unofficial transcript.

3)   Give the Recommendation for Membership to an adult with whom you have worked closely at Lincoln, preferably a Lincoln teacher.  The recommendation should be submitted by the recommender (not the applicant) to the NHS Advisor’s box.

4)   Submit a brief essay (approx. 500 words) describing how your accomplishments at Lincoln High School demonstrate your attainment of the four standards of NHS membership.

5)  Turn in the materials on time.

Application packets are due to Kathie Humes no later than 4:30 PM on Friday, March 22, 2013.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Applications are reviewed by the Lincoln NHS Faculty Council and members are selected based on the four pillars of NHS membership:  scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Students will be notified of selection decisions by mail.  New members and their families will be invited to the Induction Ceremony to be held late in the school year.

Contact Kathie Humes with any questions at or in the IB office in room 101.


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