National Society of High School Scholars - legit?.....

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Posted 3/24/2011 by Idahomom in NSBR Board

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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:06:18 PM
My son received a letter to join "due to outstanding academic achievement." They want $60 to "distinguish yourself based on outstanding scholastic achievement and academic excellence" with a membership certificate, press release, and graduation honor cord. Is there any benefit in being a member when applying for college? Opinions I read online say that there isn't any benefit and that it borders on being a scam.


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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:09:14 PM
You will probably get one of those a week throughout HS and college for various honors and awards societies.

It's almost a college will take them seriously.

If he made National Honors Society through his school, that is what he should list on his college app.


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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:13:45 PM
I am going to go with NOPE .. Kaitlyn got one of those letters at the beginning of what would have been her senior year .. about 10 months AFTER she died .. when I called to find out how she got nominated (she was most definitely NOT a scholar) the young man that took my call said it was because of the glowing recommendations they had received for the work she did her junior year .. well me being ME replied .. "DAMN I did not know Jesus took time out to send recommendation letters" .. my husband was like and then .. poor boy did not know how to answer me .. I then asked to speak to a supervisor and let them know what I thought about their program and tactics ..


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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:26:33 PM
We have this and others like it pouring in ever since my daughter took her PSATs. In my point of view it is a scam.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:28:40 PM
Lol... my dd just got one today. I tossed it with the rest of the junk. It's definitely a scam because my ds got one when he was in high school and he was NOT a scholar. omg... far from it. rofl

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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:29:11 PM
I e-mailed our guidance counselor and here's his reply: "It is a club to put on a college application. That's about it. GPA, ACT/SAT Scores, Community service activities and school involvement/letters of recommendation will go further then a paid to get recognition club. That's my take on it."


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Posted: 3/24/2011 1:48:48 PM
It's basically a scam to sell books, and it does nothing to enhance your child's college application. Save your money.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 2:02:06 PM

"DAMN I did not know Jesus took time out to send recommendation letters"

Oh holy heck Cheri. :love That's a classic.


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Posted: 3/24/2011 2:05:21 PM
Kate just happened to get one over the weekend. She was very excited about it - she's got good grades and she told me not to spend the $60.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 2:07:45 PM
Scam. I put it in the category of the offers to be in Who's Who. You pay for the book to see your name in it, but it doesn't mean a darn thing.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 3:04:49 PM

And speaking of who's who...right around the time I was getting the letter for the high school version, a friend's older brother got one for his stellar college performance.

Only he didn't attend college.


That pretty much opened my eyes. And just in time to save myself some dough to buy the book with my name in it.


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Posted: 3/24/2011 4:04:16 PM
I checked them out. Turns out they take in millions more than they hand out in scholarships. So yeah, scam!



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Posted: 3/24/2011 4:29:48 PM
Scam. They just want your 60 bucks.


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Posted: 3/24/2011 4:49:39 PM
Scam. My DD got one about a week after she was inducted into the national honor society at school. I thought it had something to do with that at first, but then read the letter.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 5:46:12 PM
We received one in the last week. I immediately tossed it.

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Posted: 3/24/2011 5:48:23 PM

Junk mail. I've always tossed the ones my kids received.


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Posted: 3/24/2011 6:45:44 PM
Sophomore DS got one from them today! It was addressed by hand and everything.

It's filed in the recycle bin.

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Posted: 3/25/2011 6:20:40 AM
You peas are so awesome. I remember seeing this topic yesterday, but not opening the thread.. then, lo and behold, I arrive home from work and what is ydd reading: an invitation to join The National Society of High School Scholars.

Which is why I'm right here right now.

Heh,, we were like, "the envelope is handwritten and they used a full-price stamp," etc., etc. So without making a big deal of it I just said that's fine, let me do a little research,
I think I saw something on the forum about this today, and so on. She gets so much college propaganda. I am trying to expose the nature of many of these mailings without undermining her academic accomplishments.


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Posted: 3/25/2011 6:25:42 AM
My son got one this week and asked at school. He was told it was a scam.


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Posted: 3/25/2011 8:34:44 AM
SCAM, even DD got one and she had flunked most of her 10th grade classes!

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Posted: 3/25/2011 8:39:12 AM
My dd (sophmore) got one too. I pitched it in the trash.



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Posted: 3/25/2011 11:10:07 AM
thanx peas. I was leaning toward scam, but the handwritten addy had me still on the fence.

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Posted: 3/25/2011 4:08:47 PM
Damn, I wonder how much they shell out in man hours to address the thousands of these they send out.


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Posted: 3/25/2011 4:15:15 PM
I got one in high school. I wasn't even a good student. Graduated with a 2.95 gpa. I laughed at it, showed it to my dad and figured they were just after the money.

DH also got one, but he was smarter, and a year ahead of me. His parents paid to join, and his younger brother when it came in the mail for him too.

My best friend in high school "got in" as well, and he ended up not graduating on time.

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Posted: 3/25/2011 5:58:46 PM
My parents thought it was a good idea to join all of them. So now I am an alumni member (I guess, I don't pay for anything) of:

Golden Key Honor Society
Phi Eta Sigma
Alpha Lamda Delta

Although my grades in college did rock and there was no internet to use to get wise to this stuff so back then you can see why someone might have joined. Still have the little gold key pin somewhere.


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Posted: 3/25/2011 6:24:13 PM

Heh,, we were like, "the envelope is handwritten and they used a full-price stamp," etc.,

My daughter just got an invite this week and we said the exact same thing! I love how they try to make it look official yet personal!

It went right in the trash.

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