Sample NHS Letter of Eligibility

Please note that receipt of this letter does NOT guarantee membership.



Date, , 2011                           

Dear                                                          ,

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that your son/daughter secured a weighted GPA of at least 3.75.  Based on your child’s cumulative grade point average, he/she is eligible to apply for membership in one of the nation’s most prestigious organizations, the National Honor Society.  In evaluating potential members, we also look for proof of leadership, service, and character.  The leadership criterion is considered highly important for membership selection as well.  A student who exercises leadership may be resourceful in proposing new solutions to existing problems, demonstrates initiative in promoting school activities, exemplifies positive attitudes, successfully holds school offices, inspires positive behavior in others and is a leader in the classroom, at work and other school activities.  Now is the time for students to become involved in leadership roles in school clubs and sports.  Character is also an important criterion when determining a student’s acceptance into National Honor Society.  A student of character will take constructive criticism willingly, accept recommendations, and consistently exemplify desirable qualities of behavior.  A student with disciplinary referrals will not be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.    

The National Honor Society selection process is going to begin in February of this school year.  All sophomores and juniors with a weighted cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher are eligible for consideration.  While the academic criterion qualifies students for consideration, membership is not considered on the basis of grades alone.  NHS is more than just Honor Roll, because it requires leadership, service, and character from its members.  These three components are shown through school involvement, community service, and recommendations.  The process for selection is as follows:

•    Sophomores/Juniors meeting the 3.75 GPA requirements are notified.
•    Students return the following 4 items to Mrs. Lemus, ROOM 5130, by FRIDAY, Date BEFORE 2:45.  NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!:

1.    Student Resume Form(1 page)
2.    Resume Activity Form (2 pages)—MUST show continuous school and community involvement:  you may attach sheets if needed.
3.    Essay (1-2 pages typed)—How would the NHS chapter benefit from your membership?
4.    Letter of Recommendation—This letter must be from someone other than a family member, or MHS student.  This letter should also highlight your community service and leadership qualities.  You may include more than one letter of recommendation.

-    All instructional personnel will be invited to make comments on the candidates in order to provide examples of character.  Discipline records will be reviewed.  Applicants may want to encourage their teachers to send in recommendations on their behalf.

-    The Faculty Selection Committee will meet to review all resumes, letters of recommendations, essays, and teacher recommendations/comments in order to examine character, leadership and service.  Candidates receiving a majority vote of the Faculty Council will be selected.  Please review the rubric that is utilized in scoring each NHS candidate.  I, the NHS advisor, am not a voting member of the Faculty Committee that selects NHS members.

-    Selected candidates will be notified by letter and at a tapping ceremony, and then will be formally inducted at a ceremony where family and friends will be invited.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Lemus or Mrs. Saltmarsh at Matanzas High School.


Mrs. Lemus & Mrs. Saltmarsh
National Honor Society Advisors;