National Honors Society

What is National Honor Society (NHS)?

NHS is an internationally respected program that offers a great deal to NHS members. Some of these benefits include scholarship opportunities and college admission planning webinars. However, the benefits extend beyond the halls of Living Word Lutheran High School. Many communities are rewarded by the work of NHS members who (along with their middle school level counterparts in National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)) collectively report raising more than $8 million annually through charitable fundraising projects. In addition, NHS and NJHS chapters report contributing over 7 million hours of service per year on community projects. NHS is an organization open to students who demonstrate and exemplify leadership, scholarship, service, and character. In order to apply, students must be a full-time junior or senior student at LWLHS.

Why be involved in NHS?

Performing well academically in college is a huge achievement. This is not always recognized the way it should be in our society. By joining NHS, you will stand with those exceptional high school students who have demonstrated tremendous dedication and self-discipline in meeting the demands of a strenuous, fast-paced curriculum. Joining any club enables you to meet new people, but joining NHS allows you to work with other dedicated students who likely share your academic goals. 

Not only can NHS help you form friendships, but they can also introduce you to people who can motivate you to perform at your best in all of your academic endeavors, much like a team encourages its athletes to strive for excellence. Though a high GPA can speak for itself, joining NHS can boost your resume even further, as long as you volunteer for NHS events and continue to seek out ways to develop your leadership within the organization. 

If you have put forth the time and effort to earn a high GPA, why not recognize your own accomplishments by becoming an NHS member? Receiving your honor society acceptance letter and membership certificate is a rewarding and memorable experience that you can fondly remember for years to come. You might even be invited back to your school to speak at a future induction ceremony.

How does a student qualify for NHS?

  • Students must have a cumulative GPA (including past high schools if a transfer student) of at least 3.5
  • Students must be involved in at least one co-curricular activity at LWLHS during the current year (one that you are or will be doing this year)
  • Students must be willing to volunteer throughout the year at various events as representatives of LWLHS (i.e. Kids to Kids, Visit Days, Pennies for Patients, and other activities)
  • Students must agree to the mandatory volunteer hours (15 hours per year, including the summer before each school year starts) and give a log of these hours to Mrs. Hua (via email using the
    Google Form) at the end of each year students are members of NHS (these hours exclude LW service days and anything for which you are getting academic credit or monetary payment)

Questions? Please contact Margie Hua at

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