National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization of 12,500 high schools and is run by the local chapters. A chapter was first established at Villanova in 1950.
The objectives of NHS are to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service to the school and community, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in the nation's secondary school students.
NHS membership is a distinguishing item to list on a college or university application. Members of the Villanova Chapter of the National Honor Society will receive a special seal on their diplomas and on their permanent transcripts.
To qualify for membership, a student must demonstrate scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The student must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, must have a record of service at school or in the community, must have demonstrated a willingness to be a leader at school or in the community, and must have a record of honorable conduct both in and out of school.
Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above will be invited to complete an information sheet for membership. A five-member faculty panel will review sheets that are properly completed and submitted.
The panel will be composed of Villanova teachers, whose identity will remain anonymous to all except the NHS faculty moderator and Villanova's administration.
California Scholarship Federation
The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) stimulates interest and fosters pride in high standards of scholarship.
CSF has an extensive program of college relations and provides students with information regarding available scholarships. A list of colleges and universities throughout the United States, which earmark scholarships for Life Members, is compiled and made available annually.
Individual membership in the Villanova Chapter is based on grades earned each semester and on citizenship. A student must apply or re-apply for membership each semester. In general, if a student has three semester grades of 4.0 or above and one semester grade of 3.0 or above, with no grade below 2.0, he or she will qualify academically for CSF. The faculty is asked to review the list of applicants and determine if the student meets the citizenship requirements. A student who is a sophomore, junior, or senior may qualify for full membership in CSF. Freshmen may qualify for associate membership.
Students become Life Members, or Seal Bearers, if they are members of CSF for four or more semesters in their last three years of high school, one semester of which must be in their senior year. Information about the application process will be provided by the CSF moderator shortly after the beginning of the academic year. Copies of report cards must be provided when applying for membership; the School will not produce an extra copy for that purpose. Membership dues are $3.00 per semester, payable after good citizenship has been confirmed by the faculty.
Citizenship - The student is expected to maintain exemplary behavior. Exemplary behavior is considered to be conduct in keeping with the philosophy of the Villanova code of student conduct as stated in Section VIII of the Student Handbook.