Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for 2 consecutive semesters or equivalent standard of excellence meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, character and citizenship for NJHS.
Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. Students must have 95% or better attendance and have received no ISS or OSS during the current school year.
Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.
For NJHS, any student in the second semester of the seventh grade or in 8th grade in a school with both an official charter of the National Junior Honor Society and an up-to-date affiliation with the NJHS national office is eligible for consideration for membership in NJHS.