Frequently Asked Questions

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NTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.  Thousands of schools and colleges are affiliated with the Society. Member schools agree that NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today's highly competitive workplace.

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There is no fee for schools to charter. Simply submit the online application and we'll help you get started!

When you're ready to induct, effective August 1, 2016, please note that the student membership cost is a flat fee of $30. Students remain members as long as they are in good standing at the school in which they are attending. They may also transfer their membership at no charge to another NTHS chartered school once they have met the criteria that school has established. Graduation accessories such as honor cords and stoles are available at an additional cost through our online catalog. 

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High schools, technical institutes, two and four year colleges that offer career and technical programs.

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Just fill out the charter application after the head of your institution approves your participation. There is no cost to your school to establish a charter. If you are unable to complete this form electronically, please call 800-801-7090.  To have your charter framed, please call for pricing.

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NTHS requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and the nominee must be enrolled in a CTE (career technical) program. In addition to NTHS requirements, additional suggested criteria include credit hours completed, attendance, instructor nominations, disciplinary records, and CTSO (Career & Technical Student Organizations) membership.

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NTHS accepts school registration submissions all year. Many secondary school chapters induct seniors in the fall and juniors in the spring to allow time to apply for scholarships prior to graduating. The NTHS Jon H. Poteat scholarship enrollment period opens September 1st of each calendar year and closes midnight April 20th of the following year.

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The role of an advisor is simple. Identify students who meet your criteria, invite them to an informational meeting, enter their information online, and hold a simple induction ceremony. We provide a checklist of what to cover at the meeting as well as a script to use at the induction. We are here to help you every step of the way. Just call!

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Get more answers!  Call Carol Kaczmarek at 800-801-7090 or email

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Current NTHS members who have not graduated are eligible to apply for the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship.  

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In 2018, NTHS will award 225 Jon H. Poteat scholarships.  Each Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is a one-time payment of one thousand dollars to the accredited school/program of choice.

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The online application is available from September 1 - April 20 each year.  Eligible applicants must log in as current NTHS members at www.nths.org to complete the simple three minute application process. 

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We know you are busy so we created the easiest possible scholarship application to benefit our members.  This painless process requires NO essay, NO letter of recommendation and NO long, tedious application form.  After logging in and clicking on the JHP application link at www.nths.org, your pre-filled application form will load.  To complete the application, you will:

  1. Verify or update the displayed personal information
  2. Read and agree to the disclaimer
  3. Click the Send button

That’s it!  Applying for the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship will probably require the same amount of time it took you to read this FAQ section.

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Your Username (the email address entered during registration) is listed on your NTHS membership card.  If you do not know your password, please use the Forgot Password function at the top of our website.  Follow the prompts to receive an email with a one-time link to log in and reset your password.  Should you need further assistance, please contact us directly.

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The online application shuts down automatically at 11:59 p.m. EST on April 20th and cannot be reopened.  Please plan to complete your application early to avoid any unexpected delays or dilemmas.  Late applications will not be accepted and there will be no exceptions.  

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We strongly encourage our sophomore, junior and senior NTHS members to apply for the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship each year.  If chosen as a recipient, NTHS will hold the funds in trust for up to three years.  

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Eligible post-secondary NTHS members are encouraged to apply for the Jon H. Poteat Scholarship.  Those who are close to program completion / graduation may apply if he/she has not graduated before the application window of September 1, 2017 and April 20, 2018.

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We believe that all NTHS members are qualified scholarship candidates.  The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship recipients are chosen by computer generated random selection software, which levels the playing field for all applicants.   NTHS also offers a number of merit scholarships.  For a complete list of scholarship offerings, please visit our scholarship page.  

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A complete list of 2018 Jon H. Poteat Scholarship recipients will be posted on our website on May 1, 2018.  

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The Jon H. Poteat Scholarship is classified as an educational scholarship.  Funds are made payable towards tuition to most colleges, universities and accredited online programs.  The NTHS Scholarship Foundation reserves the right of discretion to determine accreditation credentials of usage request(s).  Scholarship monies shall never be paid, nor refunded, directly to an individual.

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Click on "Log in" at the top of the page and enter the advisor username which is the school's NTHS chapter account number with the letter 'S' and the number 'zero' before the 4-digit account number. Use the Forgot Password function if you do not know your password.  It will be immediately sent to the primary advisor's email as long as we have the accurate address on file.

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Effective August 1, 2016, the one-time membership fee is $30. Included will be a custom certificate, custom black tri-fold portfolio, member ID card, member pin, diploma seal, window decal, white graduation tassel with the NTHS drop, and access to print general letter of recommendation with current date.
Other benefits include three custom letters of recommendation, access to the Online Career Center, and eligibility to apply for scholarships!

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Log in and choose "Register New members and Pending List".  Before you begin be sure JavaScript is enabled.

You may enter names without going through the checkout cart. Simply return to the same place to add more members, complete any previous missing information, and check out through the shopping cart.

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On membership:

We do not charge ground shipping for memberships; however a flat $10.00 processing charge will be implemented on all membership orders. This fee is per invoice, not per member. We encourage you to complete your registration process for as many members as possible at one time. You may enter names at intervals and then process all at once. If you would like your shipment sent air, additional charges will be applied.

On merchandise:

Shipping charges are calculated at checkout, depending on the total amount of your order. If expedited shipping is requested, charges will be applied at final checkout.

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Please allow about a two week turnaround from the date your order is placed online to the actual ceremony. We will ship well within that time frame, allowing for you to prepare the materials.  When you choose the Date Needed at checkout, enter the date you need the order delivered by, allowing processing and transit times.

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NTHS student member Letters of Recommendation will be mailed directly to a potential employer, an admissions registrar or a scholarship committee.

NTHS Premium Alumni members may request three letters of recommendation during their one year membership, and with each year’s renewal of membership.

Members will need to click on login and enter their NTHS member ID & password. This will bring up a menu to the left where they can apply for Jon H. Poteat Scholarships, request letters of recommendation, update their contact information, and access the Online Career Center.

To apply for scholarships with our CTSO partners, click on the "Scholarships" Tab under the "Member Resources" menu bar, scroll down to view each CTSO, and click on their link. Each organization oversees these scholarships and the applications can be found on their respective websites.

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As soon as your induction and ceremonial materials arrive, please open immediately to be sure you have accurately received all requested items. You may format your own significant ceremony or log into the secure advisor help desk and check out the sample induction script and ceremony tips.

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Keep the applications, both student and honorary, on hand for your records. We will have all information in your account database once you’ve completed the online registration.

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A NTHS Student Member is a student currently enrolled in school who has been nominated to be inducted into NTHS. A NTHS Honorary Member is an individual or organization in your community or at your school who has been instrumental in supporting your NTHS members.

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When logged into the secure advisor section to submit orders through the online shopping cart, the payment option choices include purchase order or credit card. If you will be paying with a school check, please choose Purchase Order and enter N/A or the word "check" in the next required field. We will mail an invoice to your A/P Dept. with Net 30 Terms to remit payment. NTHS no longer accepts personal checks.  We do accept money orders, school checks, Master Card, Visa & Amex for payment.
Finance charges of 1.5% per month will be added to all past due balances. Statements of Account are mailed or emailed once a month. If you have bookkeeping questions, please contact our accounting department.

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Click 'Log in' at the top of the page and enter the user name, (the email address entered when registered), which is printed on your membership card. A link to create a password was sent to your email address. If you do not know your password, use the Forgot Password function and a link to create a new one will be emailed.

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Click on "Forgot Password" at Login and follow the prompt to have the information sent to your accurate email address

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A NTHS Student Member is one who is enrolled at the school in which they were initially inducted.  Should they attend another NTHS affiliated school, their membership may be transferred at no charge.

An Alumni Member is a previously inducted member who, upon graduation, is automatically transferred into the My NTHS Alumni Association.  For additional alumni benefits, alumni members can upgrade their membership for scholarship opportunities, custom letters of recommendation, and more.

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Log in and go to Letters of Recommendation under “Member NTHS”.  Print and save the general letter of recommendation for your portfolio. You may continue to print general letters as needed, and request custom letters for a potential employer, an admissions counselor or a scholarship committee. Letters are mailed directly from the national office to the person’s attention to whom the letter is addressed.

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Individual orders may pay with either a credit card (MC, VISA, AMEX), or a Debit Card that has the MC or VISA logo. 

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Always enter a physical land address, as shipments are sent via UPS.

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Shipping charges will be applied at checkout, based on the amount of purchase.

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When placing your order, be sure to include a valid e-mail address. UPS will send a shipment confirmation e-mail, including your tracking number, in order for you to track the shipment.