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.

The award recognizes 500 exceptional NJHS students with $500, to be placed in a college savings account program-managed by Oppenheimer Funds (OFI Private Investments) as part of the New Mexico Education Trust Board’s 529 college savings plan: The Education Plan.

The nomination deadline for the 2019 program is February 25, 2019. Recipients will be announced in spring 2019.


Advisers can nominate NJHS members who have demonstrated excellence in the five pillars of NJHS: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.


New requirement for 2019.

Nominees are now required to write and submit an essay on Citizenship to their NJHS adviser to be uploaded to the nomination form. The essays may be cut & pasted into the text box on the form, or uploaded in one of the following file formats: pdf, .tif, .png, .jpeg, .jpg, .bmp or .xps. ISTS does not accept Word documents or any files that can be edited. Advisers should provide this essay prompt to their nominees ahead of the February 25th deadline to ensure timely submission.

Essay topic:

“What does good citizenship mean to you, and why is it important as a pillar of NJHS? Elaborate using examples from your personal life or school experiences.” Word limit: 500

Change for 2019: The principal recommendation is no longer required. Advisers complete the full nomination form, including uploading the student essay, and submit the form for consideration.

NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award Webinar for Advisers

View this webinar on demand to learn about the changes to the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award. You will hear from Director Nara Lee about the nomination and selection processes.

Watch it here! 

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