What is the National Honor Society?

The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 to recognize and empower student leaders. From their website: “National Honor Society (NHS) membership has been the true mark of student achievement for over 100 years, but it goes far beyond a report card. By empowering, championing, and recognizing well-rounded students, NHS provides schools with a values-based framework to elevate a culture of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.” 

Four Pillars


The TAIS Chapter requires a GPA of 3.3 to be considered.


Students must outline their leadership positions when applying.


Students must have 20 hour of community service for each year at TAIS to be considered. The student members of the chapter will plan and lead out one community service project each year.


Students must show exemplary character and have no major infractions or history of demerits. They have a teacher submit a character reference in order to be considered.

Why should I want to join?

The NHS operates chapters in all 50 state in the USA and other chapters around the world and has over 1 million students enrolled. Use the Chapter Finder to verify the TAIS Chapter. NHS students contribute more than 1000 hours of community service, 1000 points of food, 100 pints of blood, and $26,000 in charitable donations. What opportunities does it provide for members?

  • LEAD Conferences: Designed to help good student leaders become exceptional, LEAD Conferences provide NSC, NHS, and NJHS members national-level leadership training. Students will return with new ideas, skills, and energy to affect positive change in their school and community.
  • NHS Scholarships: Each year, NASSP awards more than $2 million USD to NHS senior members who have demonstrated a commitment to the four pillars of NHS. The top 25 scholarship recipients and their advisers receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
  • College and Career Readiness: Not only does being a member look really good on college applications, NHS provides help in the college admission process. Live webinars on the college admission planning process give student members and their parents access to valuable advice directly from admissions experts.