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Unlock Your Potential with a Lifetime of Benefits

A Lifetime Membership in NSHSS helps today’s scholars become tomorrow’s leaders through recognition, scholarships, college fairs, internships, career connections, personal development events, leadership opportunities, and more. We are committed to supporting you on your path to greatness.

Unsure if NSHSS is worth it? Your one-time Lifetime Membership fee of $90 goes toward the costs of member communications, benefits, technology support, and more. There are no fees to apply for scholarships. You are a member for life, and your full benefits extend from high school to college and beyond.


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Member Qualifications

NSHSS recognizes young scholars who have demonstrated excellence through their academic achievements based on objective criteria, including grades and test scores. Students must meet any one of the following criteria to be considered for membership. 


3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)

1280 SAT score or higher

1150 PSAT score or higher

26 ACT score or higher

Score 4 or higher on any AP exam

Total combined IB test scores of 36 or higher

IGCSE Grade A or higher

Top 10% rank in class


There is a one time $90 fee for your NSHSS lifetime membership.


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A Lifetime of Benefits for High School, College, & Beyond

Apply for scholarships to fund college, engage in leadership events and college recruitment fairs. Expand your horizons with study abroad scholarships and summer programs. Gain real-world skills through internships. Enjoy ongoing scholarship opportunities and resource discounts during graduate studies. As an NSHSS Lifetime Member, connect with prestigious business partners for a competitive advantage.

Membership Perks

NSHSS partners and affiliates offer exclusive discounts to members and their families. NSHSS works with top universities and organizations that provide scholarships, college prep, financial aid assistance, volunteer information, meaningful employment, and more, to extend resources throughout the lifetime membership of our NSHSS scholars. Be sure to check back frequently for more opportunities!

NSHSS Membership FAQs

NSHSS works directly with educators and educational organizations to identify students who may qualify. Students who we believe are qualified may be selected to receive an invitation. Members must be a student in high school and must meet ANY ONE of the criteria below:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Total combined IB test scores of 36 or higher
  • IGSCE Grade A or higher
  • Top 10% rank in class

Qualified students who have been identified as meeting at least one NSHSS eligibility requirement may receive an invitation letter from the Society. You must be selected for membership to join the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

Once you receive your invitation, you can join online by accepting your invitation on our website: If you received your invitation by mail, you also have the option to join by mailing your confirmation card to the address listed on the card.

NSHSS members will continue to enjoy the benefits of membership into their college years and beyond. After high school, members are still able to apply for scholarships, internships, and study abroad opportunities. NSHSS college members also have the opportunity to participate in unique events such as the festivities surrounding the Nobel Prize awards in Stockholm, Sweden.

As a new member, you will receive a welcome email immediately and membership kit within 15 business days after accepting your invitation. These materials will include:

  • Your membership certificate
  • A welcome letter from NSHSS with your membership ID number
  • A press release that announces your membership in the Society
  • Information about your benefits and how you can apply for scholarships
  • Information from NSHSS partners and programs
  • Free tassel drop (gold nickel-sized in shape to be worn on the tassel of the graduation cap, provided by the school)
  • Scholar sticker to proudly display NSHSS membership

Students join NSHSS while they are in high school, and their membership continues throughout their lifetime. Since NSHSS was founded in 2002, there are more than 2 million scholars from 170 countries that make up the current membership.

NSHSS scholars are committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and embody the values of NSHSS co-founder Claes Nobel’s family tradition that include ethical action, service leadership, and expressions of altruism. NSHSS members are diverse: 45% are multilingual; 40% are White; 20% are African-American; 18% are Latino/Hispanic; 12% are Asian/Pacific Islander; and 10% are Multi-Racial; and 24% are first in their family to attend college.