National Honor Society was established in 1929. Four main purposes have guided chapters of NHS from the beginning: "To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools." (from the NHS Constitution) These purposes also translate into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter.
More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the above mentioned areas. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning. It is important to understand that simply having a high grade point average does not mean that you qualify as a member of NHS.
--Information provided by National Honor Society