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06/21/2020 at 04:07PM

Does membership to the National Society of High School Scholars look favorable on college resume?
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My rising Junior had received invitation to join and I'm curious as to how helpful this would be to college admissions.

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06/21/2020 at 08:35PM

This is widely regarded as a scam honors society and is the butt of many jokes on other college application threads and communities. It likely will not help you at all, even if there are some (albeit low/average) requirements to participate, because of the reputation of the society. Your child probably received the invitation due to test scores/GPA/etc and those things will speak for themselves on her application without NSHSS, which is not taken very seriously. Instead, I would encourage them to apply for their school's NHS (National Honor Society), if you have one, and work to qualify for honors such as AP Scholar awards, National Merit Awards (based on PSAT, which they can take this fall), and the College Board National Recognition Program (if applicable), which are based on more structured standards and demonstrate a more specific accomplishment. But I would steer clear of NSHSS, both because it's costly to participate and because it's not taken seriously.

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@Chickenwang06/21/2020 at 09:24PM

What if a student accidentally joined because they thought it was NHS? Do they just ignore what NSHSS emails them and don't use their things online?

@AllyG06/21/2020 at 09:29PM

Just don't list it as an EC/honor and be sure to check your agreement/account with NSHSS to make sure you won't be billed again. It's not going to kill your chances anywhere, just don't list it and make sure you aren't going to keep losing money due to any recurring "membership fees" or similar recurring costs.

@Chickenwang06/21/2020 at 09:38PM

Okay Thank you so much and time! I saw that there was a way to cancel the membership account to get a refund.

@AllyG06/21/2020 at 10:39PM

Awesome! I would do that for sure, and focus on the honors I listed in my original response. Good luck!

@DebaterMAX06/22/2020 at 04:35AM [edited]

I have the same issue and I agree but do you happen to have any links so I can persuade my mom?

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06/21/2020 at 04:57PM

It's not necessarily prestigious because the requirements are low if you're thinking of top schools. You also have to pay for membership and the only thing you could get out of it is a scholarship but nothing is guaranteed. Unless you have the money to comfortably spend on membership, I wouldn't. As a rule of thumb, it's best to avoid scholarships you have to pay for and since the requirements are low it's not necessarily impressive to colleges especially top schools.

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@DebaterMAX06/22/2020 at 04:35AM [edited]

I have the same issue and I agree but do you happen to have any links so I can persuade my mom?

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06/22/2020 at 04:00AM

The NSHSS is seen as a joke to some and the requirements to get in are very low. I would not list in a college admission. Also, I personally believe you should not have to pay for scholarships.

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@DebaterMAX06/22/2020 at 04:35AM

I agree do you happen to have any links so I can persuade my mom?

@mol78906/22/2020 at 01:33PM
@DebaterMAX06/22/2020 at 06:41PM

Thanks alot mol789

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06/21/2020 at 08:39PM

NSHSS is a scam and isn’t a real honor society. Don’t join it. It’s a fake organization that claims to be prestigious but they email many many students and they are just attempting to get you to pay them money. A legit honor society would not have you pay $75 to join, normally the membership fees are like $10-$20 per person for a school chapter.

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@DebaterMAX06/22/2020 at 04:35AM

I agree do you happen to have any links so I can persuade my mom?