Welcome to International Distinguished Scholars’ most frequently asked questions and answers section. These questions and answers came from individuals like you. We hope you find this information helpful. If you have more specific questions that you would like answered, please contact us.
Is the Society a democratic society?
The Society utilizes the Bylaws in every action taken. Amendments to the Bylaws can be made by the Executive Committee with a majority vote.
What fields of study does the Society cover?
The Society is an academic honors society that honors students from all academic disciplines.
How much time does membership require?
There is no minimum participation requirement to maintain membership in International Distinguished Scholars, unless mandated by your school chapter. Although there are no national requirements, each chapter can set their own requirements regarding community service, amongst other things. The Society strongly encourages its members to participate in the organization as much as possible, and strive to be active members of their community.
What are the benefits of joining the Society?
International Distinguished Scholars offers many benefits that can assist members throughout their academic and professional lives including; academic recognition, a personalized certificate to display honorary membership, career assistance, scholarships, partner discounts and opportunities, the resume review service, letters of recommendation/verification, resume building and the opportunity to start a chapter at your school.
How do I purchase an honor cord, pin or medal to wear at graduation and how much do they cost?
On the Member Acceptance Form you will be asked if you would like to purchase any items. Separately purchased, the honor cord costs $10, the medal costs $10 and the pin costs $5, but the purchase of all 3 items together is discounted to $20. These items can be paid along with the lifetime membership fee. If you would like to purchase an item but you are already a member, please contact us and we will provide you with information on how to purchase.
I was wondering if you had graduation attire for your inductees, such as honor cords, stoles, tassels, etc.?
Yes, International Distinguished Scholars has honor cords, medals and pins that are available to members at the time of acceptance.
Who is eligible for membership?
International Distinguished Scholars membership shall be open to men and women who are attending institutions of secondary or higher education world wide. High school, undergraduate, graduate, professional, home schooled, full-time and part-time students are all eligible for membership as long as they possess the appropriate qualities that the Society strives to uphold. Foreign students are also eligible as long as they are attending schools within the United States of America.
If I am a graduate student, am I eligible for scholarships?
Scholarships are granted to high school, undergraduate and graduate students alike, and will be awarded at the beginning of each calendar year.
If I am home schooled, am I eligible for membership?
Yes, home schooled students are eligible for membership as long as they possess the appropriate qualities that the Society strives to uphold, and their current academic standing is high school or above.
What are the scholarship amounts?
Scholarship amounts range from $500 to $2,500. The number of scholarships varies each year, depending on how many members join for the particular calendar year. Membership dues are used to award scholarships, so as more members join, the scholarships available to members increases. The total funds available for scholarships will be determined by the Executive Committee and will be distributed in January of each year.
Do I need to submit an application to be considered for scholarships?
Yes, an application is necessary in order to be considered for the Society’s scholarships.
Am I guaranteed a scholarship?
Applicants are not guaranteed a scholarship, as scholarship amounts vary each year depending on the number of members who join, and the selection process is highly competitive.
Who is eligible for scholarships?
Scholarships are only available to Society members. Non-members and applicants who have not paid their membership fee are not eligible to receive scholarships.
What are scholarships based upon?
Evaluation is based upon numerous factors, including: academic honors and recognition, current GPA, civil service, leadership experiences and any accomplishments pertinent to the Society. Scholarships are determined in January for scholarships for the previous calendar year. Eligibility is determined by the date of the application, and students are eligible for each year that they submit an application. There is no limit on how many times the student can be considered for scholarships, so we encourage students to apply every year.
Should I submit a letter of recommendation along with my application?
A letter of recommendation is not necessary; however, the more information that is provided with your application enhances the Society’s ability to evaluate your file.
How do I make a correction to my application once it has been submitted?
If you have already submitted an application, please submit another application and the decision will be based upon the most recent application. You can also send a written correction in the mail and we will update your application, however this may delay the processing of your application.
When will I find out if I was accepted for membership?
All applications are evaluated in the order in which they are received. Most application decisions are made within three weeks however during peak volume and holiday periods this may take up to five weeks.
Who makes up the Member Selection Committee?
The Member Selection Committee is made up of the President, Vice-President and 2 member selection advisors.
What if I was accepted in the past, and I would like to join now?
Once accepted you are welcome to join at your own convenience, as the membership acceptance does not expire. If you would like another acceptance letter, please contact us and we will gladly resend it.
Are there any admission deadlines?
No, we have a rolling admission process so there is no deadline to join the Society. The only deadline is the scholarship deadline, which is December 15th of each year. If you apply after December 15th, you will not be eligible for scholarships for that year, but for the following year. This is done to make the scholarship selection process fair to all students who have applied during the calendar year. For example, if you apply on December 20th 2006, you will be eligible for the 2007 scholarships, but if you apply on December 5th 2006, you will be eligible for the 2006 scholarships.
Do I have to be invited to join?
No, students can apply on their own and do not require an invitation from their school. However, students can also be nominated by their school if a chapter exists.
How can I pay the membership fee?
International Distinguished Scholars accepts payment via check, money order, credit card, and PayPal. If paying by check or money order, please send the payment, along with the Member Acceptance Form, to:
International Distinguished Scholars
Attn: Member Services
696 Old Bethpage Road, #267
Old Bethpage, NY
If paying via credit card, payment can be made directly on the website or by calling: 718-877-0324. Remember to return the Member Acceptance Form to us so that we can process your membership.
If paying via PayPal, please send payment to Accounting@idshonorsociety.org. Please include your full name and address, and mail or fax the Member Acceptance Form back to us.
Is there a fee to apply?
No, there is no fee to apply for membership. The only fee associated with the Society is the membership fee that is paid if you choose to join the Society once accepted.
How much is the lifetime membership fee?
The lifetime membership fee is $110. This is the only fee to join the Society, and is only payable once you have been accepted. The membership fee must be returned with the Member Acceptance Form so that we can begin processing your membership. There are no additional dues or fees once membership is paid.
Do I have to pay annual membership dues?
No, there are no annual dues for membership in the Society. There is a lifetime membership fee that is paid upon induction into the Society. There is no obligation to join the Society once accepted.
Where can I find the Member Update Form?
Click on ‘Membership’ at the top of this page, and then again on ‘Update your profile.’
What happens if my cumulative GPA drops after I join?
Once a member of the Society, your membership cannot be withdrawn for any reason, including: a drop in your GPA, graduation from your school or transferring to a new school.
How do I get a letter of recommendation or verification letter from the Society?
International Distinguished Scholars will gladly provide its members with letters of recommendation. Please contact us using the contact form, and state what the letter of recommendation will be used for, along with your member id# and current academic/professional information. For verification letters, please provide us with the pertinent information for this request and where the letter should be mailed.
If I transfer to another school what happens with my membership?
International Distinguished Scholars Membership is lifetime, so your membership will remain regardless of where your academic path may lead. We encourage members to maintain updated information for our records, which can be done by clicking on the ‘Update your profile’ tab. Transferring to a new school also grants you the opportunity to start a chapter at the school if a Society chapter doesn’t already exist.
How do I utilize the resume review service?
Please send an email to Resumes@idshonorsociety.org with your current resume, when exactly you will be graduating, what the resume will be used for (job, school, etc.) and any other information that is not included on the resume.
I need a replacement certificate, what should I do?
If you have already been accepted to the Society, and have received your certificate, but it has been damaged, lost, your name has changed, or other errors, please contact us and we will gladly provide you with a replacement. You can request this on the contact page, or mail us a written request.
How do I start a chapter at my school?
Please contact us and we will let you know if a chapter exists at your school. If not, we will send you the Chapter Application Form along with the requirements information.
When will I find out if I was granted a scholarship?
All students who have submitted an application for a Society scholarship will be notified of their standing in January of the year following when the application was submitted.
Does International Distinguished Scholars host a graduation or induction?
Unfortunately, since members are located in all parts of the world, this makes it impossible to hold a public ceremony.
My address or other information has changed what should I do?
If any of your information has changed, such as your address or phone number, please submit the Member Update Form, which can be found under the ‘Membership’ tab.
I have been accepted for membership however I have misplaced the Member Acceptance Form, what should I do?
Please contact us and we will send you another Member Acceptance Form or the form can be downloaded from the ‘Forms’ section of the website.
I’ve been accepted for membership, when will I receive my certificate?
Once your membership fee is paid, you will receive notice of payment, and we will begin processing your application. Membership processing and certificate printing takes 4 to 6 weeks, however during peak volume and holiday periods this may take up to 8 weeks. If you have not received your certificate after 8 weeks, please contact us immediately.