Outstanding Achievement Award FAQ

What are the application dates and deadlines for the 2020 application process?

  • Application process opens: Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 5:00 a.m. (PT)
  • Application process closes: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 5:00 p.m. (PT)
  • Notification: Late April/early May 2020

Who can apply?

Active members of NJHS who are in good standing and attend a school with an affiliated NJHS chapter are eligible to submit an application. There are no limits to the number of applications that can be submitted per chapter.

In order to apply, students must create an online account on the NJHS website. Accounts must then be verified by their adviser. After verification, members use their account login to access the NJHS OAA application.

Students who are under the age of 13 must submit a COPPA form  to create an online NJHS account.

When are NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award recipients announced?

Recipients will be announced in late April/early May 2020. Applicants, parents/guardians, and advisers will be notified by email.

What does “good standing” mean?

The phrase “in good standing” pertains to active members of the chapter who meet all membership obligations set by their chapter, i.e. GPA, service activities, expectations for character and leadership. Members should check with their NJHS advisers to confirm they are in good standing before beginning an application.

What is the difference between membership verification and application certification for advisers?

Verification—NJHS advisers verify that the student who created an account on the NJHS website is a member of their chapter. Advisers should verify all members of their chapter. This is done regardless of the member’s standing in the chapter (good standing, on probation, etc.) and their eligibility for the NJHS OAA. Unverified members cannot access the NJHS OAA.

Certification—This is exclusive to the NJHS OAA application process. Each NJHS adviser must complete an adviser certification form certifying that the member is in good standing. That certification is due by 5 pm PT on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Why are two forms of parent/guardian consent required?

Student Account Consent – Students under the age of 13 must have parent/guardian consent to create an account on our website by submitting a COPPA form to the NASSP Customer Care department. Once received, the student’s account is created, and the parent/guardian and student are emailed a password to the student’s account.

Students applying to the NJHS OAA can then log into the application portal to access their application. COPPA consent is required for all NJHS accounts for students under the age of 13 regardless of the member’s standing in the chapter (good standing, on probation, etc.) or their plan to apply for the NJHS OAA.

Parent Application Consent – This is exclusive to the NJHS OAA application process. Each parent/guardian of an applicant must complete the consent form for their student to be considered for this award in the application. The parent/guardian application consent is due by 5 pm PT on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Do students have to have financial need in order to apply for the award?

Students do not have to have financial need to apply. The responses to these questions are not required. It is important to note this award is based on the five pillars of NJHS—scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Financial need is also a consideration. The indication of need is not exclusionary. If a student does not demonstrate financial need, he/she is still eligible to apply for, and possibly be selected as a recipient.

Is the award renewable?

No, this is a one-time award. Recipients are not eligible to apply again, but a non-recipient can apply multiple times during middle school.

Who can I contact at the national office with general questions about the award program?

Please email oaa@njhs.us with any questions.

Will recipients receive a cash payment?

No. Recipients will have a college savings plan in the amount of $500 established in their name as a beneficiary by Invesco as part of the New Mexico Education Trust Board’s 529 college savings plan – The Education Plan. Please note that a parent/guardian will be required to be the actual 529 accountholder with the student named as the beneficiary.

Must recipients of the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award be U.S. citizens?

Federal law requires that the 529 College Savings Plan Account Owner must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident alien at least 18 years of age, a state or local government, a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, a custodian under a UGMA/UTMA, or another type of legal entity, such as a trust or a corporation, with a valid Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number and United States address. Please note that the 529 Account will be made in the name of the parent/guardian with the student named as the beneficiary.

Our school is based overseas. Can students from our school apply?

Yes! NJHS members from any affiliated school may submit an application.

Please note the requirements for recipients of the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award: The 529 College Savings Plan Account Owner must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien at least 18 years of age, a state or local government, a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Code, a custodian under a UGMA/UTMA, or another type of legal entity, such as a trust or a corporation, with a valid Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number and United States address. The 529 Account will be made in the name of the parent/guardian with the student named as the beneficiary.

Are non-recipients notified?

Non-recipients will be notified via their scholarship portal.