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Frequently Asked Questions


Who can join the Radford NHS?
  • Juniors and Seniors who meet the standards for consideration:  3.5 cumulative GPA of ALL high school credits from grade 9; above average and exemplary character and leadership recommendations from RHS faculty and community; participation in voluntary community work
  • NHS members from other schools who transfer to Radford; transferring members must show official letter or proof of active membership.
  • Sophomores who are considered during the third quarter
  • NHS membership begins with induction at a special ceremony

How often do we meet?

We meet twice a month during lunch period for general meetings in the library.  There are also induction ceremonies for new members in the Fall and Spring.  Attendance at all meetings are required.

What are my NHS obligations?
  • complete 10 hours of volunteerism per quarter, including summer = 40 hours per year; must meet service hour criteria
  • complete ongoing character and leadership evaluations from Radford faculty
  • maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA as confirmed by official school records
  • participate in activities organized by the Radford chapter NHS, including a yearly fundraising drive

How much does membership cost?
  • Dues are $5.00 per year for current members and payable upon induction for new members
  • Senior Fees are additional for honor stoles worn at commencement providing criteria is met
  • Nominal activity fees for special events
  • NHS t-shirts are optional and may be purchased from the treasurer

What happens if I cannot meet my NHS obligations?

You will receive ONE warning each for every infraction (absences, missing/late forms, deficient evaluations, non-payments, etc.).  No late work is accepted beyond the Friday of the week of deadline.  Two unresolved warnings will lead to dismissal from the chapter.  Records are kept and updated on ENGRADE and is NOT part of your GPA.

What if I move and change schools?

A signed letter of NHS transfer will be issued by the Radford NHS Advisor for your new school. Please inform the Advisor in advance of your withdrawal.

Why is membership in NHS important?

Membership is a privilege because members exhibit excellence in academics, and leadership, honorable and admirable in character, and demonstrates a commitment to service -- all of which indicate that the member is willing to use personal talents and skills for the improvement of both self and society.

What is a Service Project and why must I do 40 hours per year?

Service projects form the core of NHS activities and is when you fulfill a need within the community.  Volunteering yourself will help you gain empathy, awareness, leadership, collaboration with others, and motivation to make a difference in our community.  We hope that participating in these activities will instill values that encourage a lifetime of service.

Radford NHS plans service projects that benefit the SCHOOL and the COMMUNITY.  All members must participate in these two projects.

In addition, members must find volunteer projects that are self-directed, complex, and reflective of talents and interests (church, scouting, social agencies, literacy, social issues, etc.).  Mandatory service hours earned from another club/band/sports/leadership activity will not count toward NHS hours.  Volunteering at businesses that do not rely on volunteers for their success is not allowed.