The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) was founded in 2002 by James W. Lewis and Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes, to acknowledge the accomplishments of diverse high school and college students who have demonstrated outstanding academic success, leadership, and community commitment, and to foster their continued success.

Together, NSHSS and Method Learning have a shared vision to support students in achieving their academic goals. Both organizations support strong academics and aspire to prepare young leaders and entrepreneurs for the college experience.

NSHSS works directly with educators and educational organizations to identify high school students who meet our membership criteria. Qualified students may receive an invitation provided they are in high school and meet any one of the following criteria:

  • 3.5 Cumulative GPA (4.0 Scale) or higher (or equivalent such as 88 on a 100-point scale)
  • 1280 SAT score or higher
  • 1150 PSAT score or higher
  • 26 ACT score or higher
  • Score 4 or higher on any AP exam
  • Total combined IB test scores of 36 or higher
  • IGCSE Grade A or higher
  • Top 10% rank in class

Does at least one of those criteria describe you?

Want to help fund NSHSS scholarships? Donate to the Foundation here.

Are you an Educator? Visit the NSHSS website for information about recommending students for membership.