The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognizing the need to help middle level students jump-start their quest toward higher education, the National Junior Honor Society offers the annual NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA).

The award recognizes 500 exceptional NJHS students with $500, to be placed in a college savings account program-managed by Oppenheimer Funds (OFI Private Investments) as part of the New Mexico Education Trust Board’s 529 college savings plan: The Education Plan.

The 2021 NJHS OAA application process will open on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 8 a.m. (ET). At that time, a link to the application portal will be posted here. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, March 16. The application portal will close at 5 p.m. (ET) that day.

View detailed information about the application process in the NJHS OAA Application Guides:

Advisers: Join us for our NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award for Advisers webinar on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) to learn how your role may have changed for this year.

Students: Attend the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award for Students and Parents webinar on December 16 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) for a start-to-finish look at this year’s application process.


Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a verified NJHS student account. Visit to create your account.
  • Must be a current member of NJHS in good standing
  • Must be currently enrolled at a school that has an active chapter of NJHS
  • Confirm your school’s active status in our Chapter Finder.

How to Apply

On January 12, 2021, the application portal will open at 8 a.m. (ET). Applicants must have a verified NJHS Student Account in order to access the NJHS OAA application. Students should not attempt to access the portal until they receive the email confirming that their NJHS adviser has verified their NJHS account.

A completed application includes the following: student form, Adviser Certification form, Recommendation Form and Parent Consent form. All are due by 5 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, March 16.