My journey with the NSHSS began my junior year of high school; I received the invitation and immediately joined. NSHSS distinguishes students who have committed themselves to the pursuit of academic excellence, community improvement, and personal development.
The first event I attended was held at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA, which is the Society’s annual Holiday Event. During this event, I took my oath, witnessed students receiving scholarships, and I had the privilege to meet and take pictures with Mr. Claes Nobel, founder and chairman of NSHSS.
At that moment, I knew it was an honor and a privilege to be a member of such a prestigious society. I made a vow to myself that I would one day be up there on that stage speaking to students and receiving a scholarship. Even though academic achievement is a core component to be a member, students today need much more than just good grades to get ahead - they need leaders and role models to motivate them.
After high school, I continued to be involved as a lifetime Scholar by becoming a member of the NSHSS Student Council. I honored my personal vows and eventually spoke to students and new inductees about the society. I informed them about the importance of the NSHSS and how it will help them after high school. I told them about the two scholarships (the Ambassador Award and the Di Yerbury Award) that I received and how they helped tremendously with my college expenses.
Recently, I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to participate on a student panel and speak on behalf of the NSHSS at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education conference. I was now the person sitting on the panel providing others with advice on what to expect after high school and how to be successful in college.
Last month, I was given a $25,000 scholarship and chosen as a Rising Star from the UNCF. I was honored during “An Evening of Stars” program on BET and had to give an acceptance speak before thousands in addition to being seen across the globe. But it wasn’t a big deal; NSHSS built up my confidence to speak to others.
This gift was awarded to me for my academic achievements, community service, and leadership qualities; all of the characteristics that are required to be a lifetime member of the NSHSS.
- Donnie Pulliam, NSHSS Student Council, Morehouse College
Since 2002, NSHSS has supported young academics on their journey to college and beyond as they prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow. The mission behind NSHSS is to recognize academic excellence and honor high-achieving students, providing them with the resources and network to excel in college, career and community. In doing so, NSHSS connects members with global events, scholarships, college fairs, internships, career and leadership programs, partner discounts, and more. Discover what makes NSHSS worth it to student members and how you can get involved.
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