Members pay a fee of $15.00 per division.
- Certificate of membership
- Membership card and lapel pin
- Recognition for achievement in a prestigious national organization
- Opportunity to attend and compete at state and national conventions
- Opportunity to attend Summer Leadership Opportunities
- Opportunity to attend Regional Leadership Summits
- Opportunity to apply for over $300,000 in National Beta college scholarships
- Sponsor pin
- Access to the sponsors' only section of the National Beta website which contains tips and ideas to help govern the club, membership information, all necessary forms, etc.
- Personal, toll-free assistance available year-round from the National Beta office
- Years-of-service awards
- Free invitational material
- Official charter and roster
- No charter fee (No costs to school!)
- Flexibility to establish school’s Beta Club criteria
- Diploma seals for graduating senior members
It typically takes four weeks for processing membership information. Many times the time frame is less.
Yes, our office accepts new members throughout the year.
New members should be inducted and their membership fees sent to the national headquarters yearly.
That is decided by the individual club. Our Constitution indicates that a student must be working on or above grade level.
Membership can be transferred to a club within the same division (i.e. Junior Division I to Junior Division I, Senior Division to Senior Division). A club has the right to have each transfer student meet its specific membership requirements or simply accept them on the grades from the previous school.
Our Constitution states that all non-public schools (private, parochial, other) must be accredited by an accepted accrediting agency. The list of accepted agencies can be viewed here.
It is not required, but membership dues must be collected before you submit the application. Please refer to our application process for more details.
The $15 fee required of each student (per division) helps our organization cover expenses. And it allows students to experience the honor of being recognized in a national organization for their efforts and achievements. In addition, the students, school and sponsor receive membership, leadership and web-based materials at no extra cost.
- Civic organizations in your community may give financial assistance as part of their community outreach program
- Established clubs may give financial assistance as part of their service project
- School organizations such as PTA and PTO may provide financial assistance
- Apply for local/federal government grants as a community involvement program
- Faculty/administrative donations
- Multiple sponsors can ease individual responsibilities. For example, many clubs have one sponsor to oversee recruitment of members, another sponsor who is in charge of meetings and other activities and another to supervise convention attendance.
- National Beta suggests that the main sponsor be a member of the school staff. However, clubs may have parents or local community members as co-sponsors. National Beta does require that the school administration approve all sponsors.
No. Beta is not an acronym. Our founder, Dr. John W. Harris, chose the name when he founded the organization in 1934. Beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet, and "B" represents "bios" (the Greek word for life). Dr. Harris felt it was important for members to learn how to make a life for themselves.