Dover Area School District Chapter
National Honor Society

Frequently Asked Questions


Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you understand what is required of prospective members and the application process.

Who may apply for membership?

To be eligible for selection for membership in National Honor Society, a student must be at least a sophomore who has been in attendance at DHS for at least one semester and has met the minimum GPA requirement for scholarship. 

What are the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements for membership in NHS?

Prospective members must have a minimum GPA of a 93%. Current members must maintain a 93% GPA to retain membership in NHS. Current members whose GPA falls below 93% are put on probation for one marking period, ending with a review of the student’s GPA after the probationary period. Members on probation who do not raise their GPA above 93% after the probationary period are subject to faculty review and possible revocation of the student’s membership in NHS.

How do I apply for membership in NHS?

Students who are interested in applying for membership in NHS are required to complete a membership application. An application will be handed out during an introductory meeting in April of each year. The application consists of multiple parts. 

  • The first part asks the student to provide information on extracurricular activities, leadership positions, community involvement, and service activities.  The student is also asked to self-evaluate themselves in multiple areas as well as submit a personal statement on character.
  • The second part are 3 teacher evaluations, which must be completed by a faculty member, coach, or service coordinator and submitted to the advisors.
  • The third part consists of an interview with a faculty panel.  If the student submits a completed application and all materials pass the initial screening, interviews will be set up with eligible students either before school, during flex, or after school. It will consist of a series of questions in a 5-10 minute window.

When do I apply for membership in NHS?

Application materials are distributed and collected in April. An exact deadline date for applying is listed on the application and will be posted on DHS’s NHS page, and advertised via morning announcements. Applications must be completed in full and turned in on or before this deadline date, or the application will not be considered.

What process is used to select NHS members?

The National Honor Society at DHS will induct new members in May of each school year. Prior to induction, prospective members are required to submit a membership application and a teacher evaluation. Following all interviews, each member of the Faculty Selection Committee will vote independently on each candidate. Only those applicants receiving a majority of the Committee's vote will be admitted. The advisors are ex-officio members of the committee and, therefore, do not have a vote. Students whose membership is accepted to the National Honor Society are inducted at a formal ceremony in May.

Besides scholarship, what are the other criteria for membership in NHS?

The National Honor Society requires members to demonstrate leadership in and outside of school, perform service to their school and community, possess a character of high morals and ethics, and demonstrate citizenship by their membership in school and community organizations. The DHS Chapter requires prospective members to list and describe their extracurricular activities, their leadership positions in these activities, their involvement in school and community activities, and the types and number of service hours performed in each of their high school years.

What are extracurricular activities?

Extracurricular activities include membership in school or community sports teams, band, chorus, Competitive Academics, Class Officers, clubs, DECA, internships, part-time jobs, etc.

What is considered for leadership?

A leadership position is any position in which the student had to manage, motivate, and oversee other people. These leadership positions can be elected or appointed positions in student government, clubs, team captain, or community organizations. Leadership positions can be associated with a particular service or community project. Work-related leadership positions (such as store manager, assistant manager, team leader, etc) are also acceptable.

Students may also demonstrate leadership in the classroom by taking on an active leadership role during group work, instruction, etc.

What part does character play in the application process?

Character is one of the four pillars of National Honor Society. A student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics; is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary and attendance record.

What are community activities?

Membership in NHS requires active participation in the community outside of school. Community organizations include: Boy and Girl Scouts, Animal Shelter, community sports teams/leagues (as a volunteer and not as a participant), service organizations like the Rotary Club or the Boys and Girls Club, professional groups like the Chamber of Commerce, Adopt-a-Highway or similar environmental groups or activities, local chapters of national charity organizations such as the American Cancer Society or American Red Cross, religious organizations such as church/synagogue/mosque, youth or mission groups, etc.

Many of the activities of these types of volunteer organizations would fall under the “Service Hours” heading of the membership application. 

What are service hours?

Service hours are the amount of time a student is involved in activities for which he or she receives no compensation. The student participates in these activities as a volunteer and with a “positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.” Compensation does not only mean a monetary reward. Service hours that are performed in order to receive or boost a class grade may not be used as part of a student’s application to NHS. The exception to this is any service activity associated with the Boy/Girl Scouts or similar organization whereby the student is recognized with a badge or similar type of award or recognition.

How many service hours do I need for membership in NHS?

For prospective members to NHS, students should have completed a minimum of 10 hours of service to school and/or community.

If accepted for membership in NHS, a student is required to perform 20 hours of service to the school and 10 community service hours annually.

I’m a freshman or sophomore, why should I care now about membership in NHS?

If you think you might want to apply for membership in NHS in your sophomore or junior years, the NHS faculty sponsors advise you to start preparing now. What this means is you should become involved with school clubs and activities, research and start participating in volunteer organizations or service activities, maintain your GPA, and ensure you demonstrate strong character.

The personal benefits of volunteering and community involvement surpass just NHS membership or even admission to college. Giving of yourself to the community fosters personal satisfaction and contentment as well as good citizenship. Your freshman year is not too early to start a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and servant leadership.

Does it cost anything to be a member of NHS?

Each graduating member of NHS will be asked to purchase a stoll.  Additional activities or service projects during the year may require donations or fees but will always be voluntary.

Who should I speak to if I need more information on membership to NHS?

The contacts for DHS are Mr. Stover ( and Mr. Spahr ( They will be able to answer most questions you may have; however, it doesn’t hurt to speak to a current officer or member of NHS. They will probably be able to give you advice on what service opportunities are out there for high school students. You may also visit the National Honor Society website at if you would like to get information on the national organization of NHS or the NHS page on the Dover website.