Is the National Society of High School Scholars Legit or Is It a Scam?

How Should Students Respond to Such an Offer?

One of my children received what appears to be a prestigious academic award. What arrived in our mailbox was a creme-colored envelope addressed in nice cursive, much like a graduation invitation.

The name of the high school was also penned on the envelope, making it seem like this was sanctioned by the administration.

At first I was a little excited. But the contents were puzzling. My child was invited to join the National Society of High School Scholars, an organization based in Atlanta. Its acronym is NSHSS, a little like the very distinguished and highly regarded National Honor Society (NHS).

Inside the envelope was a letter that read, “Congratulations!...Based on your outstanding academic have been selected for membership.”

The letter went on to say that this invitation was extended to a “select group” of students.

Joining the organization would supposedly give access to a $500,000 in scholarships and "academic competitions" to be awarded over the next year. A student could also list membership on a college application.

We were given a confirmation code and a membership form that needed to be returned with a $60 lifetime enrollment fee. However, families that cannot afford this are given a waiver. Students would receive a certificate and a t-shirt with a NSHSS logo.

The invitation packet also included a black bumper sticker that read, “Proud Parent of a Scholar: The National Society of High School Scholars NSHSS." If I wanted to, I could tell the world my child was part of an “elite” group. (However, I'm not really a bumper sticker type of person.)


The Group Was Co-Founded by a Swedish Philanthropist

But I was interested enough not to throw the packet into the paper shredder without first learning a little more about the sender.

So what is the NSHSS and what does it do?

The organization was founded in 2002 by Claes Nobel, a relative of the man who established the Nobel Prize, and James Lewis, who started the Golden Key International Honour Society.

The Board of Directors is impressive, and includes writer Maya Angelou and several Nobel Laureates.

The NSHSS claims to be the leading, in terms of membership, honor society in the world. So far, about 750,000 people from 160 countries have accepted an invitation. Students must have met one of the following criteria: A GPA of 3.5 or more (4.0 scale) and a score equal to or greater than 1750 on the SAT, 26 on the ACT, or 200 on the PSAT. They can also join if they are in the top 10 percent of their class, according to the organization's website.

By these calculations, however, the NSHSS is not exclusive. There are widespread reports of grade inflation in US high schools. So, if that's the case, membership is available to many.

What About the NSHSS

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So, What About Those Scholarships?

Standard advice from guidance counselors and other college admissions experts is to skip any offer of a scholarship you need to pay for. I don't see how this is any different. Even though there are a number of opportunities open to just members, the odds of receiving money for your education are not in your favor.

The group so far has distributed more than $1.1 million in scholarships and about 100,000 new members sign on each year, as reported on its website.

The letter we received mentioned the opportunity to apply to exclusive scholarships. From the looks of it, for the 2012-2013 school year, the NSHSS gives out 10 Claes Nobel awards of $5,000. These appear to be non-renewable. There appears to be about 75 National Scholar Award recipients, each of whom have received $1,000. Again, these seem to be only for one year.

The website also lists various other opportunities only for members. Applications are required in order to become eligible. These include NSHSS "Ambassador Awards," which require a 3.7 GPA. Three of these were given out in 2012.

There are also various STEM scholarships in awards of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. A total of 20 seem to be available.

If 15 percent of the annual applications are waivers or reduced fees, the number of new members would still generate $5 million a year. That's an awful lot of money, for what seems like relatively little return to the students.

Sleight of Hand, or Not?


Quick Facts About the NSHSS

  • The National Society for High School Scholars was founded in 2002.
  • It claims to have more than 750,000 members.
  • About 100,000 new students join each year.
  • It generally costs $60 to join, unless there is a hardship. Partial fee waivers are also available.
  • A relatively small amount of those enrollment fees is given out as scholarships.

So, Is It a Scam?

The letter arrived either at the end of the school year or shortly after summer break started. So we weren't able to speak with our very competent guidance counselor about whether she recommends this group, or even if she has any knowledge of it.

So I logged on to College Confidential, arguably the largest and one of the least-biased sources of college-related information on the web. In its online forum for students and parents, reviews of the NSHSS were mixed. Most posters didn't believe it was worth the money. Some people said it was a scam. Others said it was like playing the lottery.

The overwhelming consensus was that joining this organization was alright, but it wouldn't cast a student in a more favorable light or give them any advantage with highly selective universities.

I don't believe NSHSS is a scam in the classic sense of the word, when someone takes your money and runs. But it seems as if it might not be worth the money, time, and trouble.

Students are members for life. They will receive a certificate and a membership card. The organization also furnishes a “personalized press release.” This is why you may see write-ups in your local newspaper about students being invited and accepted into the NSHSS.

Actually, I'd be embarrassed to have my child showcased this way, because it means we'd be buying this little bit of recognition.

There are much better and more reliable sources for financial aid, including private scholarships, and, most importantly, the educational institute your child will attend.

Some Admissions Officers Do Like the NSHSS

So, Did My Child Decide to Join?

One of the stated benefits is the ability to list membership on college or job applications. However, considering how easy it is to get your foot in the door, it probably won't make much of a difference. Chances are, it won't help fund a student's education, since only a small fraction of new members receive a financial award.

There might be some marginal benefit later, in the job market, because if someone quickly glances at a resume, they might assume the acronym stands for the more prestigious National Honor Society. However, it would be misleading for someone to join for that purpose.

In the end, we've decided the $60 fee is much better spent on upcoming college applications. In reality, private scholarships are relatively rare and difficult to obtain. Most grant aid is awarded from the college itself, once the student is accepted.


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What do you think about the NSHSS? 160 comments

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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

I thought you presented a well balanced perspective which made your personal decision at the end credible, respectable, and practical. Thanks for sharing this interesting article with us. Aloha!


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ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA Author

Hi Joe,

I almost shredded all this material, but then decided to first write an article about this. As you can imagine, students from all over the country and beyond have received these mailings. Anyway, thank you so much for reading.

kim 2 years ago

the only thing that doesn't make sense is my son just got one today, and he has a 3.0 and under 1500 on SAT's. So this is where I get confused. He already got acceptances to his schools and weird timing once most are done their applications.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi kim, these letters must be going out to everyone who takes the SAT. We decided it wasn't worth it, so we didn't respond. Congratulations on your son's acceptances. He must be very excited.

tom smith 2 years ago

We received a letter for our oldest daughter in 2010 and since she was advanced diploma we decided to enroll. Never heard a peep nore did any special tassel show up in the mail. My second duaghter is now graduating 2014 and she has received an invitation to join. I tried to call the number listed no answer and no return call as of yet.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Tom, thank you for your feedback, which other people can read and then decide if this is for them or not. In your case, this organization clearly did not deliver what it promised. We decided to not send in an enrollment fee because I thought it was just throwing money away.

Lakesha 2 years ago

Thanks for the overview. I agree with you and decided not to join.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Lakesha, it really didn't seem worth it for us either. Thanks for reading.

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Davi Kawasaki 2 years ago from Cornélio Procópio

Thanks for the article. I'm from Brazil and I didn't get the minimum score as they state. Therefore, according to your statement and the other comments here I've decided no to join.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

It sounds as if you're better off saving your money and using it for something you need. Thanks for reading.

Tanya 2 years ago

I have received the same letter today and do not know what to do about it?

My SAT scores aren't over 1750 and still receiving the letter is weird.

If you could help about this matter, I would be glad!

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Tanya, my son is a high school senior and he received the same letter last year. We shredded it because the chance of receiving a scholarship seemed pretty remote. If you are interested in scholarships, the school you eventually choose to attend is where most of your aid will come from. The higher your grades and scores are, compared to the institute's average, the more likely you are to receive a more generous package.

There are also scholarship opportunities to be had locally. Good luck with your college plans.

ed 2 years ago

My daughter received the same thing. She scored a 35 on Act. When she was in 10 th grade she received an invitation to join the NHS. That also had a fee involved. I did not enroll her in either one. Btw....she received a full tuition academic scholarship to go to an ivy league school.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Congratulations on the full-tuition scholarship. Those are quite rare. As you can see, there would have been little benefit to her joining this organization.

Emmce 2 years ago

Love how you laid out your case. My son received a letter today in the mail, his GPA 3.54 and is going into his senior year in the fall. Thanks for your insight as this has helped me to make my decision. Thank You.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Emmce, thanks so much for reading. I'm happy to have helped.

Paisley 2 years ago

Great information! My daughter is 15, going to 10th grade, and has not even received her final report card or taken SATs (although we expect 3.5 or better). We rec'd the invitation today and I wanted to research it before calling her and telling her while she's away for the summer. Glad I read this. I don't think there is any reason to.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Paisley, I didn't feel that joining this would be useful either. Thanks for reading.

Ashley 2 years ago

Hi, I'm going into my senior year in the fall and just received the letter today.. I'm already in the National Honor Society so when I received the letter to join NSHSS I was a little weary. I did have to pay for the NHS but we actually have a club for that at school and the fee was only $25.. By reading this review I'm deciding not to even mention the letter to my mom and not join. Doesn't seem like it's worth the $60.. Thanks!

ohioteacher 2 years ago

A: The term is leery.

Rosa 2 years ago

Thanks for your comments, they have helped me to have a better idea about NSHSS

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Rosa, thanks for reading.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Ashley, I wish you the very best luck in your upcoming college plans. It sounds as if you'll have a lot of good options.

Caroline 2 years ago

Thanks for the info! The only thing is that I'm in NHS A

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Caroline, thanks for reading.

565mae10 2 years ago

I just received one in the mail a few minutes ago, I have all honors and my GPA is 5.0 - 4.0 unweighted and I'm top of my class so I get weird stuff like this a lot. Should I go for it, or is it just a useless scam? I plan on going to calarts in the future... I don't know is this worth it?

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi 565mae10, I'm sure your grades, SAT scores, extracurricular activities and being at the top of your class will carry a lot more weight. Congratulations on all your hard work, and good luck in college.

Savannah 2 years ago

I just received a letter in the mail from NSHS whatever. So it is a fake as I am reading above? I mean, im going into my junior year, and my grades are pretty decent but im still puzzled on why I even received this letter. Was it picked randomly? And why?

Kaycie 2 years ago

I'm an upcoming sophomore with a GPA of 3.87 and I scored around 175 on my PSAT. I received this letter in the mail today and to be honest with you it sounds very convincing. However, after reading this and other reviews I've decided not to join. Here's why: I am in an advanced academic program within the public school system in my city, an academy that requires acceptance through application. I spoke to one of my academy teachers about programs before, described as invitation only camps for future leaders, etc. Where you would have to pay thousands of dollars for a week or two long program. He preceded to tell me that these are all a scam for money and colleges don't particularly care about them. The wording in these letters as well as the look was very similar to this letter, so to say the least I was leery from the start. I do agree with you and others that no official program would require you to pay such a ridiculous fee for a simple certificate and tshirt. My advice to any others who receive anything for this program or similar ones: If you want something to look good on your college applications simply put that you were selected for membership, you don't have to be a complete member.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Kaycie, that's excellent advice. You can consider the money saved as money earned.

wow 2 years ago

I see everyone got it just now... So legit! Not.

Robert 2 years ago

So, how is your video on how some admissions officers do like the NSHSS relevant?

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

To present both sides. :)

Robert 2 years ago

I do not expect you to publicly show this comment on your page, I only wish to understand for what misleading reason you wish to present your material.

If you were to caption your idea of "presenting both sides" as "Some Admissions Officers do not like the NSHSS", then that is of your own accord, but if you wish to present an answer of faulty clarity with the addition of a smiley face to contribute to your lack of seriousness to the question, then what difference is there between the letter's allure and yours?

sid 2 years ago

I just got one too

Ella 2 years ago

I have two students going on 10th and 11th and I got the letter today. Though they both have over 3.75 or better, they never took SAT. My husband and I think it was bit fishy. Thanks for your article and your article has helped me to make my decision. Thank you:)

Renae 2 years ago

I just received one packet, and I don't have a high enough GPA or SAT score for them to consider me.

josolo_92 2 years ago

Received today. Thanks for sharing.

Shanell 2 years ago

Wow, my son received this same letter today. It's sad that they get the kids hopes up thinking they are being really recognized for their efforts and this is not the case. My son's birthday is this week and he wants this membership as his present. Now I have to be the bearer of bad news.

Sine Thieme 2 years ago

Thanks for writing this and doing all the research, exactly what I was looking for. The fact that "Is NSHSS a scam" comes up as the very first Google link is not encouraging, and what you wrote here all confirms my suspicions. The counselors are right, you shouldn't ever have to pay for any scholarship opportunities. In fact, I'd venture to say putting membership on your college application might actually be harmful rather than not just making a difference, as surely college admissions around the country are aware of which of these honor societies count. The ones where you get actually nominated by the school because you actually achieved high grades make much more sense (even though you have to pay a small membership fee for those too). This one here as actually not being truthful. They have no way of knowing our high school scores. It's just based on what you input on the SAT website yourself (and from the comments here it seems they don't even honor the minimum SAT score they stated themselves).

Thanks again!

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Duchessoflilac1 2 years ago from Johns Island, SC

Wow, on the scale of a scam. Glad to know this. I have grandchildren who are both NHS and JrNHS members. Both are academic all-stars. I'd hate for them to get this offer.

David 2 years ago

Thanks for the article - just what I was looking for! I had a suspicion that this was a rather non-rewarding membership. I did, however, want to look into it due to its rather low cost ( unlike those leadership camp things we get ). As a parent, we all are looking for an edge in an expensive and competitive world, but I think I will pass on this as well and spend the money in a hopefully more rewarding way.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

David, that's what I decided as well. Thanks for reading.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Duchess, they may get this offer anyway. It's very common.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Sine, thanks so much for reading. My sentiments exactly.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Shanell, sorry to hear that. Maybe you can use the money and take him out to dinner instead. Thanks everyone for reading.

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rustedmemory 2 years ago from Lexington, KY

A good way to pad a resume, perhaps?

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Duchessoflilac1 2 years ago from Johns Island, SC

I agree, you cannot stop the offers. At least I can make my daughter aware.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Duchess, that's how I felt as well. rustermemory, thanks so much for reading.

Dallas_bidder 2 years ago

Thanks for such an informative article. My son also receive this letter and we are saving $ 60 for better things.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

That's exactly what we did. Thanks for reading. Best wishes to your son and his plans for college.

karidelapaz 2 years ago

Hi I got this letter today and am bearly a freshmen I don't now if I should goin

GC 2 years ago

Great article! I really enjoyed it!

saxplayer1 2 years ago

Hi, I just got the same letter today I'm only going to be a junior once summer is over. The idea sounds interesting and I'm always getting stuff like this but I can never join or go because it's to much or out of state. The sisxty dollars sounds reasonable but I can't help but feel something is off. I would like to join something like this but my question is. Is it really worth it? Will this even help my future when trying to apply for college or is it bogus and I should save my money for something more reliable with better opportunities and standing for when I graduate from high school?.

John 2 years ago

Robert go back home, you don't know what your talking about. NSHSS isn't a scam, but isn't worth the money.

Mom1991 2 years ago

This came in the mail today for my rising senior. I knew right away it was just like Who's Who. Worthless. I think it would actually hurt on an application because you look like a fool to admission directors for falling for it. It is also just like the People to People Student Ambassador Program who send "special invitations" to the family dog and deceased children. Not technically a scam but very close. Save your money. Shame on the celebrities and honorable people who put their names on it.

mc2 2 years ago

I received my letter yesterday, and I think that paying just $60 for a chance to earn different scholarships is a risk I would be willing to take. If it's not a scam, and I end up getting a $50,000 scholarship to the college of my choice, I'd be glad I paid the $60! If it is a scam, then there's no shame in trying and making a mistake. There's no shame in telling the world that I am a member of a prestigious-seeming organization, and I don't think parents should be ashamed to put the bumper sticker on their car. It does come off, you know. Yes, $60 is a load of money that could greatly benefit something else, but I would pay that much if it means I could possibly go to college for little or not cost to me. This article was great, and it did show me the other point of view very clearly, but I think I will still send in my membership confirmation and the money. And Mom1991 I mean no disrespect toward you, but the People To People Student Ambassador Program is very real and I'm very sorry if you received a bogus invitation.


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killjoywannabe 2 years ago

I received this letter in the mail today. As a rising junior, I was actually considering joining; that is, until I did some research. Every forum I went to had at least one comment that NSHSS is a scam. I read through every comment on these forums, but the most reasoning I could find was simply that they have low scholarships that are still competitive. Supposedly an honor program, I'll admit I was surprised to see such a letter. This semester I have struggled some with my grades, and so a letter about 'academic achievement' seemed uncalled for. You post was one of the most helpful by far of any I found. You gave detailed analysis along with well supported reasoning for your statements. This article has been the deciding vote. After researching the topic and reading this post, I have decided that this society is not worth much in terms of benefits, and I am not going to send in my membership confirmation. Thank you for such a descriptive article!

-A grateful high school student

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi everyone, thanks so much for reading. I appreciate the different perspectives.

Teri 2 years ago

We received a letter. But everyone is talking about not paying for an opportunity like this. My child has to pay $35 a year to be a member of national honor society every year through her high school. I think we are going to do it. It's only $60 if it is a scam shame on me but if not the we made the right choice.

David barrientos 2 years ago

I received that also but I got a 3.0 in my classes and I' m definitely not in the top 10 percent of my school and my letter says 1,000,000 dollars in scholarships please help me

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi David, the scholarships awarded by this organization are not guaranteed. Most scholarship money comes directly from the school you attend. Private scholarships are relatively rare, and the competition is intense. If you are looking for a private scholarship, you'll have less competition if you apply for local scholarships, such as through your credit union. Good luck in your college plans.

kokeb 2 years ago

Wow, I received one too and thank you for the advice.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi kokeb, no problem. Thanks for reading.

Cynthia 2 years ago

Thank you so much for this descriptive & deatailed blog on this organization. I called my daughter's counselor and shewas gone for the summer. No one @ the school (at the time of my call) had a clue about this organization. So it would appear as a scam. I am so grateful for people like you who blog about their experience/s and allow the reader the option of opting out or to, "get in bed with them" for a lack of better words.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Cynthia, thanks for reading. We experienced the exact same thing. The letters were sent out after the guidance counselor was no longer available.

Monique 2 years ago

Well thanks the info. My son got a letter as well. I was just about to send pmt when I decided to look into it further. I checked a number of sites all come up with about the same advice. I think it's safe to say it's not a complete scam as they have been listed with the BBB (Better Biz Bureau) in Atlanta since 2003 as an accredited business with an A+ rating. With that, I think it's something of value to put on a resume...People love that kind of stuff on resumes and most people don't really know what it is, like all of us! And no ones going to google it off a resume? They will look at it and think it sounds impressive. Resumes are all about PR and selling yourself with as much as you can to look better than the next guy to get the job. (30 yrs of freelance work selling myself to every job ugh!!) honestly that's the only reason I even thought it might be worth it. An inexpensive resume credit?? I just wanted to make sure some creep wasn't taking a vacation with the cash...the BBB says they are legit??

SoccerMum 2 years ago

OK, my daughter got one today. All excited and a bit suspicious she posted a photo on her Instagram to see how many of her friends also received one, well were at 76 in the last 3 hours. One of them dropped out the first quarter of her junior year and already had bad grades. A handful had substandard grades but a majority have a 3.7 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale. A couple have 4.6 and one 10.6gpa. (ya she's super smart, she completed her associates degree in her H.S. junior year.) Any ways, as for the 1.1 million they have given out for scholarships, yes that's a bit ridiculous. Our H.S. 2014 graduating class alone received a total of 1.5 million in scholarships. One with a full ride to Harvard. And that's just One school, one class, one year and NSHSS is bragging about their 1.1 million in how many years...??? It may not exactly be a scam but sure isn't worth the money.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi SoccerMum, those are my sentiments exactly. It's not a scam in the classic sense, but just not worth the money. That $60 fee could instead go toward a used textbook. The one thing I do like, though, is that the fee is waived for those in financial need.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Monique, I have no doubt this group is legit and not breaking any laws. Everyone who gets a letter has to decide if it's worth it for them or not.

Pissed 2 years ago

You do understand it is 500 X harder to get into NSHSS then NHS. NSHSS only accepts 100,000 students a year world wide. NHS accepts that much and probably more in just the North East.

Pissed 2 years ago

Also the program of NSHSS is set up to open more scholarships for you. NSHSS did all the work for me and got me 200,000 dollars to go to college and my tuition for all 4 years totals up to 100,000.

Pissed 2 years ago

14.1 Million students go to high school in just the united states alone and the program only takes 100,000. I think it is a pit better than NHS. I am in NHS, NSHSS, NFHS, NMHS and NEHS.

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Greg Harrison 2 years ago from Discovery Bay, California

My son & daughter received this offer. When we researched, we realized it was simply a "Club" and really nothing more. My daughter was very excited to see she was receiving the same accolades her older brother had. I had to explain to her the "value" of this reward and we will move on. I know she will receive Lifetime Membership to N.H.S and real offers will come in as she completes her junior year. Her brother received multiple offers from 9 schools, including two ivy league colleges. What we have learned is that: when our students are at the top 2%, community service hours will differentiate them. Giving back to their community is the key, if they have grades & test scores. Our son received a 95% academic scholarship to a private school for 4 years and he feels his A.P classes prepared him well, so I say spend the money on those classes.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Greg, I think you're right. Money is better spent elsewhere. It sounds as if your children did not need this additional "award."

Sofa7 2 years ago


I recently received an invitation as well. The deadline is coming soon, and these past few weeks, I've been really struggling to decide if I should really spend that $60 to join and be a member of NSHSS or not.

After reading this article of yours, it has helped me on my decision, a lot. So I really appreciate you putting your time in writing this article and sharing it with those who are in need of these information. Thank you!!

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Sofa7, I'm happy the article helped you make a decision. Best of luck with your college plans.

CropDoc 2 years ago

Thanks for the research and well written article. I had began the same search and found the same issues. A charity that brings in 5 t0 6 million and distributes about $150,000 is questionable.

My daughter has been applying for scholarships and none have required a fee as of yet.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi CropDoc, Landing a private scholarship that's attracting applicants from all over the country is a long shot at best. Plus, you shouldn't have to pay to apply. They do claim to waive the fee for families in need though. We decided to save the money.

AGADFA 2 years ago

The one thing you forgot to mention in your article is that you said the " more prestigious National Honor Society" does not compare at all to NSHSS. The Nobel family , probably have herd of them started the prestigious nobel prize awards, are the people that made press releases saying they started this program to help children. When the Nobel family puts their name on the line for someone else I think it is a good chance it is legit and a good investment.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi AGADFA, I appreciate your input, but my son and I decided we didn't need this additional accolade. He did just fine without it.

Leslie Bank 2 years ago

I'll throw in my 2 cents. This honor society is real and boasts everything they claimed in their packet. However, your child would be a lifetime member of the "high school" society. I joined the community college honor society (yes it's the same society but different name and requirements) I paid the $70 to become a lifetime member and it has not done me one bit of good. Employers don't even notice it or know what it is and my grades and experience are good for getting into grad school and jobs. Those who join all have above a 3.5 GPA and volunteer experience so good luck trying to stand out in applying for their scholarships. Your child would have to complete hundreds of volunteer hours just to stand a chance and then would be better off working or studying. When I transferred to a university I got the same packet again, to join the university honor society for $80! I view it as a scam simply for the fact that your member status doesn't change as you go through school. Why pay $60 for high school, $70 for community college, and $80 for university all lifetime memberships?

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA Author

Hi Leslie, thanks so much for weighing in. Of course, employers probably don't care a bit about this widely available honor, and having lots of volunteer hours would certainly impress an admissions board more than this. We didn't see the need to do this either.

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greeneyedblondie 2 years ago

ologsinquito to your assumpion, no. I have not taken the SAT's and I still get a letter in the mail. I've decided to join just because the USA reconizes them as a "prestecigous club" even if they aren't. It can't harm me, right?

Dr Susan Thurman 2 years ago

It has been my privilege to have worked with NSHSS for nearly 12 years now, joining the organization in its infancy in 2002 to create and grow a scholarship program for the Society.

When Jim Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the Nobel Family that established the Nobel Prizes, founded NSHSS in Atlanta, I was happy to come on board to help make their vision a reality--to create an international organization connecting highly-motivated and talented young people with resources and opportunities to help them build a better future for themselves and by extension, for us all. Mr. Nobel, despite his 80+ years, is deeply passionate about advocating for young people, and I have been gratified to interact with him as he attends and speaks at multiple member events throughout each year, and following every program, always pleasantly greeting and being photographed with each student attendee, all eagerly wanting to shake his hand.

I have met so many amazing young scholars throughout the past decade who are hungry for opportunities to learn and broaden their worlds as they discover their potential. I hear from many of them each year that the confidence placed in them and the opportunities provided truly have had a positive impact on their lives.

NSHSS provides a variety of benefits for its members, one of which is the opportunity to apply for numerous scholarships. Over the years, the scholarships and resources have greatly expanded thanks in large part to engaged sponsors who bring unique opportunities for members to support their higher education pursuits, gain international study experience, and prepare for meaningful careers. NSHSS students have had opportunities to attend Nobel Week in Stockholm, Sweden, and to apply for scholarships for summer programs to study in England and Australia. We now offer over 1.5 million dollars in scholarships every year, several of which are open to members now in college. Scholarships applications are handled with care and attention, and we spend a great deal of time communicating with parents, students, teachers, and financial aid officers to help students.

The Society also has partnerships with the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Department of State and numerous other public and private organizations. The CIA holds several workshops annually exclusively for NSHSS members to provide information on their scholarships and internships, as well as careers. Members have been able to interview with Major League Baseball corporate recruiters and meet with Fortune 500 executives from corporations such as Tesoro and AFLAC and participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University, where college undergraduate and graduate students develop solutions to real domestic and international issues with the guidance of leaders from the government, academia, business, and non-profit sectors.

We have recently established an alumni group of graduates who have had such positive experiences as members that they wish to continue to connect with the organization and other members throughout networking and mentoring. $60 worth it? This is a one-time fee for lifetime membership, which is waived for students who find the fee a hardship. For many, the value of what they receive far exceeds the $60. For me personally, the reward of hearing from students, even several years after they have graduated from high school and even college, that the encouragement they received has made a positive impact on them reassures me that we are on the right track.

Susan Thurman, Ph.D.

Scholarship Director


C.A. 21 months ago

I received one yesterday. All my college applications have been sent out since December. My grades have only been better my junior and now senior year. It's weird how they mimic NHS so much.

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ologsinquito 21 months ago from USA Author

I was leery of this organization for the exact same reason. Thanks so much for reading.

NSHSS MOM 20 months ago

Most students receive this based on their PSAT scores or their class ranking as of 10th grade which is why some may not meet the higher criteria as others in 11 and 12th grade. I signed my daughter up and I am glad I did. The packet she received included her t-shirt which she has worn for the past two years. She is a Duke Scholar from her PSAT scores, #1 in her class of 408 and finished a semester early. $60 is pennies compared to what I've paid for my older daughter to be part of a sorority, something almost required to even be given consideration into vet school. When their GPA's are all the same, the colleges and scholarship boards look for things that set each one apart. Being a member of both NHS and NSHSS puts them above the rest. NSHSS is a recognized organization and should not be dismissed so easily. Unfortunately our children are not able to be in the room when the decision is being made about their futures so you have to make sure their resume speaks for them. It's politics, and I hate it. Having been through it once with my oldest one, if you are lucky enough for your child to receive an invitation, take it. Come their senior year when the competition is high, you won't be able to go back. The fact that they offer a waiver for ones who can't afford it should set your mind at ease. It is a merit recognition program, not how much money does my family have.

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ologsinquito 20 months ago from USA Author

Hi NSHSS, thanks for your feedback. I'm glad this worked for you and your daughter and that she's doing so well. It is ridiculous how much of it comes down to politics.

NHSSParent 18 months ago

Yes we paid the fee and joined NHSS. I think it helped my child's self esteem and she was motivated to do well in school. Knowing Maya Angelou was a member makes it even more worthwhile. My child is graduating this year and in applying for scholarships, many ask if she is a member of NHSSS. I think it is of value. Glad we joined.

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ologsinquito 18 months ago from USA Author

Hi NHSSParent, thank you so much for reading. I'm glad you're happy with the membership and I wish your daughter the best of luck. This is a very exciting time for her.

Gohar 17 months ago

Hi! I am from Pakistan. Did well in high school and received a letter from NHSSS in 2008 in Pakistan. I paid them but didn't see any returns on that. Also was really confused how they found out my home address.

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ologsinquito 17 months ago from USA Author

That's too bad they took your money, and you aren't getting anything in return. Thanks so much for reading and for commenting.

NotDoingIt 16 months ago

just received. A blatant misdirection with the letters NSHSS.

I truly do not believe that this helps out a student in any way. Kudos to those that it inspired. But my son is already inspired and plans on being a genetic scientist.

My son joined the NHS last year as a Sophomore. His math and science scores rank him in the top 97% on tests in the country. His GPA is no longer a 4.0 as he received a B in Speech. Next year he is a senior.

My wife and I are both engineers and not one of our interviews did the company state, "oooo, you were in the National Honor Society" What they were impressed with were our grades in our major, and the school we went to.

cheyenne 16 months ago

I just got the letter today. My parents are proud of me but now i kind of feel like crap. It seems like everyone keep bashing them. I don't know what to do.

Danielle 16 months ago

I'm a student going into the 11th grade and I just received this letter myself. I have a 3.6 GPA and I score above average on state-issued tests, so this is not the first time that I've gotten something like this, nor the first time I've been wary about joining a society. After reading this post, I'm sure of how I want to proceed. Thank you for providing such balanced insight on the topic!

Hailey 16 months ago

I also got one today and felt kind of good when I first got it. Then I looked up information on this NSHSS and on every website I went into said that it was a scam. I'm just going to throw away the invitation because it seems like this club will not benefit me much. Yeah, I get good grades, have a 3.85 gpa, and want to become a genetic engineer in the future, but this program is Cleary a scam. Thanks for the article you wrote. I completely agree with your statements.

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ologsinquito 16 months ago from USA Author

Hi NotDoingIt, Danielle and Hailey, thanks so much for reading. I'm sure you will all do fine without these letters on your college applications, or your children's. The whole thing sounds too much like the legit NHS. NotDoingIt, of course the interviewers care mostly about your college record and achievements, as these are most relevant.

Cheyenne, do what you think is right. You have every reason to be proud of yourself and your parents should be proud of you as well. On your college apps, just be sure to highlight anything unusual (adult like) that you did while in high school. For instance, filming local city council meetings or something like that. Don't forget how much weight that essay carries either.

Alex 16 months ago

Thank you sooooo much. This article helped me a lot since i had my doubts about my invitation letter. Anyway, thank you so much again.

JoramW 16 months ago

Got the invitation yesterday. Fancy envelope and Logo. My 16 year old grandson, who is already a MENSA and NHS member will not benefit at all from a bunch of letter that mimic NHS. Hm, perhaps I should start up a similar for-profit fancy looking company and retire in comfort.

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ologsinquito 16 months ago from USA Author

Alex, thanks for reading. Good luck in your college plans. Hi Joram, your grandson definitely doesn't need this, you are absolutely right.

Eric 16 months ago

We received the same packet and had the same questions. When I was in school it was the "Who's Who of High School Students ". Thanks for doing the leg work and research. Your article was very informative and well researched.

Marbella 16 months ago

I received this today. Yes, I felt great reading it, but I know that its not really worth it, so I ignore these types of things. Your site was really helpful, so thank you.

Melissa 16 months ago

Thank you for your write-up. Our daughter received this today and was very excited. After doing some research ourselves (and finding your article amongst that research), we've opted not to have her join. This was just one of those "too-good-to-be-true" moments. Thank you again!

Jeff 16 months ago

My oldest daughter is already in the National Honor Society . So when this showed up I was confused , and intrigued at the same time . After doing our own research ,and reading yours ,and others posts . We came to the conclusion this was sketchy at best. thanks for your posts !

Tracy 16 months ago

I was really excited when I received the letter but my friend told me to do background research before I made any decisions and I'm glad I came across your article! It certainly is a confidence booster, especially in my case, but in the end, it's not worth anything and besides, I already joined NHS. I won't be losing out on much. Thank you for writing a clear and very informative article!

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ologsinquito 16 months ago from USA Author

Hi Eric, Marbella, Melissa, Jeff and Tracy, thanks so much for reading and for leaving your feedback. If I were a college admissions official, the NHS would carry so much more weight.

Jo 16 months ago

I agree with you. I don't really think this is a scam. I believe it's more of a "we'll get as many people as we want, but not a lot of members will get noticed by our program". I'm really desperate to receive a scholarship it's going to be very difficult for me due to my circumstances. I'm already graduating high school, and have never been a member of NHS. Although I have a good ACT score and a 4.0 GPA I got rejected from NHS because I have never joined any volunteer work (Yes, I hate physical work). Thank you so much for this post. Their beige, first class envelope might not worth anything at all. I don't like the risk, but I would still do some research.

Kat 16 months ago

This is incredibly helpful! I received the same letter from NSHSS today and initially reading the letter I thought, "Okay, this is kinda neat I guess." And then of course I ran into the $60 membership fee and immediately my brain screamed "scam!"

Although I think it was the fact that there was live ink on the envelope that made me want to research it a little more. Usually you don't see handwritten letters on things like this, and honestly it intrigued me the most. So I went to good ol' Google and couldn't find quite what I wanted. Some people said it was a scam, some said it was okay, and overall I wasn't really sure. So I'm really glad I found this article, which actually provides some solid information on the group.

Oh, and I received the letter shortly after the school year ended as well (it's been about a month since summer starter) and I feel like that's probably intentional on their behalf. Another thing to note is the fact that my PSAT score didn't quite hit that 200 mark, as it was around 180. As for my GPA, I'm much lazier with my school work and as far as I'm aware, it was at 3.3 last time I looked. So I'm guessing they say that they have a stricter criteria a student has to meet on the website, but really they're just trying to get as many kids to pay as they can.

I won't be joining, that's for sure (even though my mom thinks I should because it "couldn't hurt"). I'd rather spend the $60 on a video game and be the stereotypical teen that I am.

Like almost everyone else on the Internet has said, it's probably not quite a scam, but likely not worth the time and money either.

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ologsinquito 16 months ago from USA Author

Hi Kat and Jo, I agree with both of you. It's not a scam in the classic sense, but just not really worth the money. Thanks for reading.

Joy 16 months ago

My son just received this letter today and we wondered about it. It seemed similar to the letters I used to receive to get into the Who's Who in ....... books that I, too, would have had to pay for the honor of being included. I think your comment that the $60 fee is better spent on college applications. Thanks for this helpful review.

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ologsinquito 16 months ago from USA Author

Hi Joy, thank you so much for reading. Best of luck to you and your son as you continue the college application journey.

John 16 months ago

Agree with the above and my Daughter was excited. so this is opportunity for her to mature. Since it appears to be of no great harm for the exception of the $60, I am going to present her with this fantastic article and let her decide if she will spend HER money on joining.


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ologsinquito 16 months ago from USA Author

Hi John and Tonya, thank you both for reading. One of the beautiful things about free speech is that we're all entitled to our own opinions and we can agree to disagree.

Linda 16 months ago

Thank-you for your article. I appreciate the time spent on research. It helps more than you know.

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ologsinquito 16 months ago from USA Author

Hi Linda, thanks so much for reading.

Keelyn 15 months ago

Thank you for this I was just recently invited and did not think it was a scam or anything because it looked so official but after talking about it with some fellow students they have told me not o bother sending in money because it is a scam and this article really helped me make my choice of not doing it

Sarah Jean 15 months ago

Thanks. I got one today and this helped me decide.

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ologsinquito 15 months ago from USA Author

Hi Keelyn and Sarah Jean, thanks so much for reading. It looks as if you both made very good decisions. Best of luck in college.

Jessica 15 months ago

My son got one of this letter too. As a matter of fact, we have other letter with similar offer too. Thank you everyone for their posting. It helps to know that how legit this thing is.

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ologsinquito 15 months ago from USA Author

Hi Jessica, thanks for reading.

Magdalena 15 months ago

I'm glad to have found this article. I received the letter earlier this summer, and I've since looked it up multiple times because that's what I always do when it comes to educational matters. While I've come across a few supportive comments from students who did benefit from it, I have read far too many stories of students who received nothing, of students who received the invitation despite not meeting a single one of the requirements, and students who did meet the requirements but got no invitation. All this, in addition to the fact that apparently transcripts or any proof of meeting the requirements were not required, contributed to my feeling that the organization was fishy.

The fancy letter and supposed prestige of the organization appeared flattering initially, but I think that that was part of their goal: to flatter you into accepting the invitation. I would have no risk in accepting, as I'm sure I would have qualified for a fee waiver, but the fact that there is a fee involved in the first place was strange in itself.

My parents would probably be happy if I was a member of a nationally recognized organization, as I am the child of working class immigrants, but overall, it seems far too sketchy for me to be comfortable with joining. Besides, though I did achieve high test scores, my grades lowered a large amount last school year, and I'm pretty sure membership in the NSHSS wouldn't help me with college admissions.

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ologsinquito 15 months ago from USA Author

Hi Magdalena, I'm sure college admissions people are well aware of this organization and how letters are sent out to everyone. I'm of the mind that people should probably save their money, and use it for books or for another application, as you never know what type of financial aid package you'll receive. Best of luck in your college career. I'm sure you do very well.

Darron Smallwood 14 months ago

Thanks for this article. I was considering joining, but I had to do some research. Thank you for providing this info.

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ologsinquito 14 months ago from USA Author

Hi Darron, thanks for reading and best of luck with your college choices.

JD Grif 14 months ago

Thanks for your article. I wish I had seen it prior paying the money for my daughter to join. Despite that, we did receive a nice bumper sticker (which I don't use) a couple of window stickers, a T-shirt and a nice certificate, which is a good confidence booster for my daughter.

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ologsinquito 14 months ago from USA Author

Hi JD, if that's the case, then you didn't waste your money. Best wishes to you and your daughter. Thanks so much for reading.

Tori 12 months ago

I would like to say that I actually paid the money and is getting emails to come and tour schools from all over the world. Of course the travel, Hotels are not included but from what I am reading it said that the hotels are at a discounted rate. We were even invited to tour a college in Amsterdam. We have not R.S.V.P to travel any of the schools for the tour and all the events that are planned that day. I am kind of wondering if we could have just contacted a school ourselves to just to the schools and not have paid the fee? I am kind of feeling taken advantage of.

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ologsinquito 12 months ago from USA Author

Hi Tori, our family didn't have unlimited finances to send our children to school. But we manage to do so, partly because we've avoided such offers. I can understand why you're feeling taken advantage of. Anyone can tour any college, as long as they can get there. This membership didn't seem to earn you any advantage. At least it was only $60.

David 9 months ago

I would say it is clearly a scam to get $60 out of you for A "LIFETIME" membership (wonder how often they hold reunions or general membership meetings) that offers a low-odds possibility of a non-renewable scholarship. Its easy for me to see this one coming and take a pass but for gullible parents they could be scammed.

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ologsinquito 9 months ago from USA Author

Hi David, thank you for reading. Joining certainly didn't seem worth it to us. The odds of getting a scholarship are so low.

Andre 9 months ago

Hi, I was wondering if being a member of the NSHSS would actually help my resume. I certainly wouldn't count on it for scholarships but would it make my resume look better? Thanks in advance!

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ologsinquito 9 months ago from USA Author

Hi Andre, I don't know what to tell you. I'm assuming you are a college senior. This is something to ask your guidance counselor. I have to think that admissions officers know about this organization, and realize that it's open to almost anyone.

Ransford 8 months ago

I received the letter a few days ago and I am not even in high school...

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ologsinquito 8 months ago from USA Author

Hi Ransford, that's funny. Thanks so much for sharing and best wishes to you.

proudmum 7 months ago

My daughter attended a High school in USA in 2010 on student exchange as a junior. At the end of her time (apparently as a result of her grades) she was invited to join NSHSS. We thought it might be a nice momento of her time in the USA so I paid the fee. Since then she has applied for two scholarships through NSHSS and received them both totaling $2,000 (her continuing grades were extremely good). Not a bad return on the $60 initial payment. She lists her membership and scholarships on her CV however it is not the focus of her achievements.

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ologsinquito 7 months ago from USA Author

Hi proudmum, I'm so happy to hear this worked out well for your daughter. She beat the odds and received one of those scholarships. For your family, it was a good return on your investment.

Proud papa 4 months ago

Just like the lotto I "win" by not playing.

Bev 4 months ago

My daughter jus received a letter today,, from this NSHSS.. I had my doughts, that this was legit. After reading some of the comments, I am for sure this is NOT a legit. Thank you

AMoseley 4 months ago

My son received a letter today, and we immediately smelled a rat. Even though his SAT scores are over 1300 and he did well on the AP exams, his GPA doesn't come anywhere near what is supposed to be the minimum 3.5, so it's clear that they are simply mailing letters to anyone who took the SAT or AP exams. We'll save the sixty dollars for college applications.

Pao 4 months ago

I received a letter today. I am not someone who usually receive this kind of letter so from the start I was a little suspicious. My suspicions grew more when I read about the 60 dollars fee. I am thankful I stumbled with this articl, I am not going to pay or buy my way to education. That letter is going to the trash.

Katie 4 months ago

I just received this letter today and do not know if i should pay for this recognition. I am going to be a junior and have not taken the ACT's or SAT's, but i have taken the PSAT's and received a 960, by the way my GPA is a 3.3. My school does have the National Honor Society and you do have to pay a fee of $15, so basically what I am saying is does this organization help you in any way? Is this better than the NHS?

Mom2three 4 months ago

Thank you for writing this article. My son is a freshman and has great grades and advanced classes.. so at first i wondered but i was skeptical. So glad that i read this!! Thank you!!

Des 4 months ago

I received the letter in the mail two weeks after school let out and after reading it I was fondly proud of my recognitions but after doing some research on the society I'm greatly proud I did not do more than just admire the finely written letter and send my money off. This article was greatly helpful including the comments and feedback part. Thank you.

Michael 4 months ago

I want to say thank you to ologsinquito for writing this and a huge thanks to the people sharing their experience's to help up come to our own conclusion with this. My daughter just received one today and thanks to this we are not going to spend the money to join.

Babs 4 months ago

I am joining, and the press release as "buying publicity" is probably true, however, since today all is a scam and there is so very much negative attention to HS students, what is wrong with any possible recognition?

She had to turn down all the requests for her to attend summer Universities programs for Medical experiences and they cost thousands of $. I do not care if all are a scam and worthless. We are all here for a very short time. Being kind and proud of your child regardless of all "smoke and mirrors" is worth recognition. I doubt the person who stuffed the envelopes is getting rich off of $60....very seldom are these a one person show. :)

Maddenlyn 4 months ago

Perhaps I am a tad bit too young to be on this thread.

I am a High school student in sophomore class (10th grade), and had recently received this letter. I live in a low working class community, financial struggles is a everyday challenge for my family. I have several honor and AP (Advance Placement) classes coming up next year as well as a GPA of 3.7 of 4.0 scale. This letter had recently came in the mailbox, and it looked so much different than the rest of college letters being sent simply because I am a minority and lower working class. I'm not one to do something impulsive, so I decided to research this National Honor of Highschool Scholars.

I did some factual online wandering and then reviews, stumbling upon this one. Nearly ALL of the reviews found were negative or bias towards the organization, but yours thankfully went more in depth! Thank you for taking the time to write this presentation, without this and background check, I probably would have thrown sixty dollars out the window. And to my family, regardless of the fact that they are willing to pay anything for my education, the fee is too hefty.

Thank you!

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ologsinquito 4 months ago from USA Author

Hi Maddenlyn, yes, it seems like you would not be getting a good return on your investment and that $60 could be going toward books or living expenses when you get to college. Best of luck in your college choices.

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ologsinquito 4 months ago from USA Author

Hi, everyone who has commented. Thank you for reading. I wrote this article several years ago. Each year around this time, this organization sends out a flurry of letters to students and their parents. For some families, the $60 is "worth" it. But read the above comment. For a low-income family, that is money that will be much better spent.

Imani 4 months ago

Hi. I received this mail a couple of days ago and I wanted to ask if I should save my $60 for college rather than spend it on this. Thank you!

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ologsinquito 4 months ago from USA Author

Hi Imani, I think you know the answer. Thanks for reading.

A bird in the hand 4 months ago

Thank you. You saved us $60. That can be used for school fees.

Not Too Smart 4 months ago

I got one of these a couple days ago and my mom automatically told me she wanted to research it. Even having seen you're article, I'm still confused. My GPA is under 3.0 and I haven't taken the ACT, SAT, or PSAT at all. Nor do I fall under the top 10% of my class. Many students in my school got them, but some of the smartest students didn't.

Rose 4 months ago

Thank you for this insight! My son is doing ok, and only a junior (senior in the fall), but I thought it was weird based on his C average that he should receive this, however he did well on the PSAT & SAT. Thank you for clearing up the confusion and making it clear $60.00 will be better spent on books, clothes, his senior year pics. :)

Gary 4 months ago

This looks like a scam, smells like a scam, and is a SCAM. As P.T. Barnum so aptly said: "There's a sucker born every minute!" Members are essentially paying $60 for a cheap bumper sticker.

Suzy 3 months ago

My daughter just got one of these letters and she also just completed 9th grade. There is no place on the planet that I can think of where they might have gotten her name. The only possible place is that her high school offered the PSAT this spring. She's not a member of a church, club, or any other organization that might possibly have her name except for her high school and the PSAT company. So hey PSAT, thanks for pimping out my 14 yr old daughter's personal information!

terie 3 months ago

I've never even taken the sat ,but that being said I do have a gpa of 3.97 and I've just completed my 9th grade year and neither have I taken the psat .

Sue 2 months ago

I can definitely say that the $60 was worth every penny!!!! Little did I know what it would present for my son. My son was given the opportunity to be a district rep, he attended the John's Hopkins Advanced Medicine conference and from there it has just opened tremendous opportunities. Because of his participation and the contacts he has made with this group, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the student leadership conference in Davos, Switzerland. This lead to the GE Reagan Scholarship and another trip to Belize. Anything is what you make of it, but I am a firm believer that NSHSS has given the opportunity to associate with an elite group of students and friends from all over the world. NSHSS has given him outstanding opportunities. Again, I guess it all depends on what you want out of it. Definately NOT a SCAM!!!

thus 2 months ago

Thank you for your post. I save at least $ 120 be cause i have 2 kids got the envelope

thomas sherman 2 months ago

nobel the man who set up nshss was my neighbor when he lived in milwaukee. he is a lightweight and a phony pure and simple. he sets up paper organizations and then asks for contributions. he is a glorified beggar. never had a job at the time that i could see. he was our "neighborhood environmentalist". thought the environment was going to be fixed at a very late date. he thought that because he was economically illiterate. i gave him a book by ezra mishan the first economist to oppose growth. by his own admission couldn't understand it. yet he poses as and considers himself an environmental leader.

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