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.
NSHSS scholars, many of whom are already DECA members and vice-versa, have a significant interest in pursuing careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and business. More than 34%* of NSHSS members indicate an interest in these career fields.
Together, NSHSS and DECA have a shared vision to support students in achieving their academic and professional development goals. A key attribute of both NSHSS and DECA scholars is diversity of culture, ethnicity, religion, and thought. Both organizations support strong academics and aspire to prepare young leaders and entrepreneurs for their future careers.
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
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Visit www.nshss.org for information about recommending students for membership.
Did you know that the NSHSS Foundation funds scholarships for high-achieving students? Find out more here.
*See the 2020 NSHSS Career Interest Survey.