The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognizing the need to help middle level students jump-start their quest toward higher education, the National Junior Honor Society offers the annual NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA). The award recognizes 500 exceptional NJHS students with $500, to be placed in a college savings account program-managed by Ascensus as part of the New Mexico Education Trust Board’s 529 college savings plan: The Education Plan.

The 2022 NJHS OAA application process is now open. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Recipients will be notified in late April/early May 2022.

Eligible NJHS members must create an NJHS student account at before starting the application process. All applicants must have a verified NJHS student account in order to access the application:

Access the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award Application here.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A member of NJHS in good standing, enrolled in grades 6–8 or ninth grade if the ninth grade is part of a combination middle school.
  • Attends a school with an active chapter of NJHS.
  • Past winners are not eligible to apply.
  • Members of NHS (grades 10-12) are not eligible to apply.

View detailed information about the application process in the NJHS OAA Application Guides:

Review these webinar recordings to familiarize yourself with the process.

  • NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award for Advisers and Principals
    Webinar | December 9, 2021, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
    Watch Now
  • NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award for Students and Parents
    Webinar | December 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
    Watch Part I and Watch Part 2.

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