The Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society recognizes students who exhibit an appreciation of the four NHS Pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character in their daily lives at Notre Dame.
Students are able to apply to NHS at the end of their junior year at Notre Dame. Members must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 90%. Yet, grade point average alone does not secure membership in NHS. Administration and faculty on the NHS Selection Committee use the following as criteria for acceptance into NHS:
Scholarship – Students must demonstrate evidence of motivation and discipline, critical thinking, and establishing goals to complete academic tasks.
Leadership – Students must demonstrate evidence of leadership in and outside of the classroom. Leadership may include elected or appointed offices, but it may also include informal leadership in classes and extracurricular activities.
Service – Students must demonstrate evidence of service to school and/or the community through formal and informal organizations. Students must show a willingness to volunteer their time and services, as well as to support school-related events and activities.
Character – Students must demonstrate evidence of good character. Good character reveals itself in countless virtues: honesty, reliability, cooperation with teachers and classmates, adherence to Notre Dame’s expectations, concern for and consideration of others, etc.
Students selected for NHS meet regularly. Members support school activities, serve local NYC volunteer organizations, and create opportunities for school-wide service. NHS members may also support their classmates as peer tutors.