National Junior Honor Society Eligibility Criteria

For the 2015-2016 School Year
NJHS membership is an outstanding opportunity to develop the habits and standards so important to success in high
school, college, and a career. As an NJHS member, you’ll have exclusive access to robust tools and resources:

Leadership development, motivation, and inspiration gained through their own chapter’s work, at 3 LEAD
conferences in various locations each year, or at NJHS State Summits

Access to innovative leadership cultivation and career exploration

Service projects, both by the chapter and individual, allow members to build teamwork capabilities, hone project
management aptitude, and make friends—all valuable life skills

Unique member-only college admission and planning resources integrating web and social media platforms

Help with financing college education through the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award, which each year
recognizes 500 exceptional NJHS members who best reflect the values of membership with a college savings

- 1) No grade less than a 3 on fully taught concepts
2) 2 semesters of grades must be considered
 This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done
without compensation.
 Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea
contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities
while working with or for others.
- The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty
and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a
clean disciplinary record.
- The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic
engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects the U.S. form of
government (a representative democracy); respects the law for all citizens at the local,
state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in
activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.

*With the exception of the scholarship section, this criteria was adopted from the National Junior Honor Society
website (

National Junior Honor Society Process/Procedures
1) At the end of the second trimester, administration will create an initial list of students (grades 6-8) that qualify for
2) This list will be shared with the teachers in grades 6 through 8.
3) The grades 6-8 teachers will collaboratively review the list to determine which students meet the NJHS criteria.
4) Once the lists of students being recommended for NJHS are created, they will be shared with administration for a
final review.
5) Students that meet the above listed criteria will then be invited to join National Junior Honor Society via a letter.

Once a student is accepted into the National Junior Honor Society, they remain a member unless something
significantly changes. Students do not have to be invited each year.