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National Junior Honor Society


The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These five pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1929. Learn more about these five pillars of membership here.


Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NJHS activities. NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, US Territories, and around the world. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. As such, NJHS chapters and students are in schools that care not only about student achievement, but also community engagement. NJHS students and their peers volunteer in their communities at the highest rates and make connecting with and serving within the community a priority.

Students in grades 6-8 who meet the requirements are eligible to be invited for membership. The qualifications for membership are based on the five pillars of NJHS:

  • Scholarship: Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have achieved an 85 average, or Second Honors.
  • Service: This involves voluntary service contributions to the school or community, done without compensation, separate from service hours required for Confirmation, Scouts, etc. Students will work on an STM NJHS service project together, and perform service independently, to meet this requirement.
  • Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be gained in school or community activities while working with and for others.
  • Character: The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and maintains a clean disciplinary record.
  • Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects democracy; recognizes that citizens follow laws at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.


Students who meet the scholarship requirement will have an opportunity to complete an application detailing their accomplishments in, and commitment to, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Students who accept membership and are inducted into the chapter in January should be aware of the time and commitment involved with this honor. There will be chapter meetings and member attendance obligations. Members must participate in chapter and individual service projects to benefit the school and community.