Membership into the National Honor Society is a highly prestigious honor and helps a lot when applying for scholarships. High school students are nominated for membership based on elite performance in four areas: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Once nominated, student candidates are required to submit an essay for review. Writing a strong essay can be overwhelming work, but the time, thought and energy you invest in it will serve you well in the long run. Presenting an organized, articulate essay is sure to win the approval of your chapter's sponsors.
Use A Methodical Approach In Organizing Your Essay
The purpose of the admission essay is for you to present yourself as a model National Honor Society candidate, so you should address the criteria for membership. Before you begin applying for scholarships, brainstorm a list of ideas or key points for your essay. Next, write a first draft or your admission essay and ask someone to review it. Incorporate good suggestions when polishing the essay into the final piece.
Highlight your scholarship achievements. The National Honor Society recognizes the intelligence and discipline required for college prep or advanced placement courses. Also include your grade point average, special academic achievements (such as honor roll or research extracurricular projects) and any other academic organizations you are involved in.
Detail your service experience. A service-minded student is part of the National Honor Society's gold standard. List any service organizations you are involved in, or your participation in community or school service projects.
Emphasize your leadership skills and accomplishments. Include offices with school or community organizations. Discuss how you became involved with the organization and how you came to hold a leadership position. Were you elected or appointed? National Honor Society officials are especially interested in what you have learned in your leadership capacity; make sure you give specific examples in your essay.
Describe your character. You might relate a story that reflects your personal character. Because everyone has different ideas about what constitutes character, you might offer your own definition of strong character, and detail how and why you fit that description.
Things You Will Need
- Computer with word-processing software
- List of clubs, volunteer activities
- Examples of leadership roles or offices held
- Always give yourself enough time to write several drafts of an essay when applying for scholarships.
- Write admission essays so they highlight the organization's priorities and meet all specified requirements.
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