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NHS Faculty Council Information

Selection of NHS Members Information


Membership into NHS is both an honor and a responsibility. Selection of students into NHS is the responsibility of this Faculty Council. The following procedure is recommended because it adds some very objective criteria that faculty councils can use to assist them in the difficult, partially subjective task.

  1. Students’ academic records should be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility

  2. Students who are eligible scholastically should be notified, and told that for further consideration for the selection to the NHS Chapter they may complete the Student Activity Information Form.

  3. The Student Activity Information Form should be reviewed by the faculty council, along with any other verifiable information about each candidate. Faculty Council will vote and each candidate receiving a majority vote of the faculty council should be inducted into our Chapter.


To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a member of those classes (sophomore, junior, senior) designated as eligible in our Chapter Bylaws. Candidates must have been in attendance at the school the equivalent of one semester. If a student is required to move with parents or guardians that have transferred work, the school principal may seek a recommendation from the previous school principal. Based on the recommendation of the previous principal, the faculty council may waive the semester regulation.


Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 (on a 4.0 scale). The faculty council may specify a prerequisite number of academic courses or weight grades in recognition of the varying degrees of difficulty of courses of study. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character. Membership should never be considered on the basis of grades alone, even though a faculty council may consider scholarship as the most important of the four criteria. If we select members solely on the basis of scholarship, we are violating both the National and Local Chapter Constitutions, thus placing our Charter in jeopardy. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.


NHS identifies Four Criteria for the selection process: Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service. Students who have been arrested and found guilty of civil offenses or who have chronic record of breaking school rules are poor membership risks, but should not be automatically excluded from consideration for membership. A proper regard for adolescent growth and behavior is essential.

As you evaluate potential members for leadership, service, and character, it is important to keep a working definition of each in mind.



  • Considered highly important for membership selection.

  • Consider elected and non-elected leadership positions/roles for membership selection

  • Consider leadership roles in both the school and community, provided they can be verified for membership selection

  • A student who exercises Leadership:

    • is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles, and making suggestions

    • demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities

    • exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals

    • contributes ideas that improve civic life of the school

    • is able to delegate responsibilities

    • exemplifies positive attitudes

    • inspires positive behavior in others

    • demonstrates academic initiative

    • successfully holds school offices or positions of responsibility, conducting business efficiently and effectively, and without prodding, demonstrates reliability and dependability

    • demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school or community

    • is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.



  • Consider value and contribution to the school, classmates, and community for the membership selection

  • Consider the student’s attitude toward service for membership selection

  • A student who Serves:

    • is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude

    • participates in some outside activity

    • volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance

    • works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities

    • cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school

    • is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and inter-scholastic competition

    • does committee and staff work uncomplainingly

    • shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students



  • Most difficult to assess in membership selection

  • Consider both positive and negative aspects of character

  • No hearsay or rumor in membership selection

  • The student of character:

    • takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously

    • consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability)

    • upholds principles of morality and ethics

    • cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc.

    • demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability

    • shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others

    • observes instructions and rules, punctuality, and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom

    • has powers of concentration and sustained obedience to rules, avoiding cheating in written work, and showing unwillingness to profit by the mistakes of others

    • actively helps to rid the school of bad influences.


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