Membership in The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society shall be open to men and women who are attending institutions of secondary or higher education in the United States of America. The Society welcomes high school, undergraduate, graduate, professional, full-time and part-time students for membership as long as they possess the appropriate qualities that the Society strives to uphold.

Criteria for Membership

All IDS members possess the same thirst for success in all of their scholarly endeavors. This intellectual pursuit is exactly what the Society looks for when reviewing each application. Since testing procedures vary greatly across the country, academic achievement is not the sole factor upon which eligibility is decided.


Membership in an honor society, like most worthwhile things in life, does not come easily. Therefore, when an invitation to membership arrives, it truly is a matter of honor, reflecting exceptional academic achievement, civic leadership, and service. IDS offers many benefits that can assist members throughout their academic and professional lives.


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When your application is submitted, it will be evaluated by the selection committee comprised of Senior Officers. Once it is reviewed, you will be notified of the decision within two weeks. There are no application fees and we welcome every student to apply.

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Membership in International Distinguished Scholars bestows honor, recognition, and lifetime distinction. This is why our members proudly display distinctive recognition items at their commencement or other special academic ceremonies. Honor Cords, Honor Medallions and Member Pins are a great way to display your membership during graduation ceremonies and provide a tangible sign of your academic success.


Alumni members are the initiates who have made a difference at their school and have gone on to make a difference in their communities and the world! IDS provides lifelong benefits including: access to career and networking services, discounts through our partners and career advancement opportunities.


Forms for applicants and members can be downloaded below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open all files. You can type data into any of the forms, as well as print and save. Completed forms can be mailed, emailed or faxed back to us.