National Honor Society was established in 1929. Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." (from the NHS Constitution) These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the above mentioned areas. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning. It is important to understand that simply having a high grade point average does not mean that you qualify as a member of NHS.
The Five Constitutional Obligations of all Duly Inducted Members
--Information provided by National Honor Society
- Dues (Article IV, Section 3): Members are required to pay annual chapter dues of $20.
- Maintaining Standards (Article VIII, Section 1): Once selected, all members are expected to maintain the standards by which they were selected.
- Meetings (Article XIII, Section 1): Members are required to attend monthly NHS Meetings. In addition, chapter officers should work closely with the adviser to see that the agenda for all meetings is well thought out and planned.
- Chapter Service Project(s) (Article XIV, Sections 1 & 2): All chapters are required to sponsor a chapter service project and all members are expected to participate.
- Individual Service Project(s) (Article XIV, Section 4): In addition to the chapter service project noted above, members are required to perform an additional service according to their own talents and interests.