National Organization of High School Scholars misleads students

National Organization of High School Scholars misleads students

September 15, 2019 32 By Ronny Jaskolski


>>>AN ORGANIZATION IS ASKING STUDENTS TO BE PART OF A GROUP.>>IT’S NOT THE COMMONLY KNOWN NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY.>>YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THE BUMPER STICKER SAYING I’M A PROUD SCHOLAR OR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR MEMBERSHIP. THE ORGANIZATION NSHSS STAND FOR NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OF SCHOLARS.>>I THOUGHT IT WAS A SCAM.>>I THOUGHT IT WAS THE SAME THING.>>THERE IS NO RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY OR NHS, A NHSSS. IT’S BASED ON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENT. IT’S WIDELY RECOGNIZED BY HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTIONS. WHEN WE ASKED AN OFFICIAL ABO NHSSS?>>I HAVE NOT HEARD OF IT.>>SHE’S AN ASSISTANT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.>>THIS IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT ASKS STUDENTS TO PAY TO BE PART OF IT. AND THAT RIGHT THERE IS A TIP-OFF THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT’S ON THE UP AND UP.>>AN NHSSS REPRESENTATIVE TOLD US ABOUT THIS. ACCESS TO A POOL OF SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBER ENGAGEMENT AND INTERACTION WITH COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES AND ACADEMIC LEADERS. IT’S NOT CLEAR WHAT CRITERIA THEY USE TO INVITE STUDENTS, BUT THERE IS A $60 FEE JOIN. THERE ARE SEVERAL COMPLAINTS FROM STUDENTS SAYING THEY GOT NOTHING IN RETURN.>>THESE ORGANIZATIONS PREY ON THE ANXIETY OF FAMILIES IN THI PROCESS.>>YOU ARE JUST WASTING YOUR MONEY ON SOMETHING THAT’S NOT IMPORTANT.>>WE SPOKE WITH STUDENTS WHO SAY THIS TYPE OF MARKETING ADDS CONFUSION TO AN ALREADY OVERWHELMING TASK.>>YOU HAVE NO IDEA. SO STRESSFUL. I TRY TO ADD SO MANY CLUBS AND AP CLASSES.>>THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT. WE ARE THINKING IT’S GOING TO HELP US.>>WHEN WE ASKED AN NHSSS REPRESENTATIVE E-MAILED ABOUT THEIR MATERIALS. THEY ARE FROM THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS AND FEATURE A DIFFERENT LOOK AND FEEL FROM NHS. THERE IS NO PAYING YOUR WAY TO THE TOP OF THE PILE WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING AN IMPRESSION. AND ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THIS CAN DISTRACT FROM STUDENTS WORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS.>>I’M BLOOD HAVE THI GLAD TO HAVE THIS EXPOSED.>>COMPANIES WITH SIMILAR SOUNDING NAMES HAVE BEEN AN ISSUE. NHS WILL NEVER SEND APPLICATION INFORMATION TO A STUDENT. MEMBERSHIP IS COORDINATED THROUGH THE SCHOOL. ANY FEE THE SCHOOL MAY REQUEST