Actor, best-selling author, and noted philanthropist Hill Harper is the National Honor Societyâ€™s spokesman for its Honor Your Future Now campaign, designed to assist middle school students, high school students, and their parents to begin preparing early for college success.
â€œEverything for me is filtered through educational achievement,â€ Harper says. â€œI couldnâ€™t be more proud to work with the National Honor Society.â€
In high school, Harper himself was a member of NHS. He says the organizationâ€™s help and principles continue to guide him. But what he appreciates most about its current campaign is that students donâ€™t have to be members to access the helpful tools and resources.
â€œThe website is open to all,â€ Harper says.
A successful actor who now stars in Limitless, Harper says, â€œYou donâ€™t need a high school diploma to do my job. But thatâ€™s not the point. The whole point of education is to expand your options, not limit them. Young people need to study, not so they can do a particular jobâ€”but so they can become a more learned person, a better critical thinker.â€
Harper says the five pillars of the NHS speak to that:
â€œThe more educated you become, the more ways you can lead, the more ways you can serve,â€ Harper says. â€œEducation is a foundation for building a great lifeâ€”no matter what you want to do.â€
A national survey of the NHS shows that 72% of college admissions officers recommend that students begin preparing for college in middle school; yet, 52% of middle school students had not yet begun to prepare for college.
Thatâ€™s why the campaign’s emphasis is on now. Harper and the NHS say itâ€™s never too early to begin preparing for your future.
Although Harperâ€™s job doesnâ€™t require a degree, heâ€™s well educated by any measure. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown, he also has a JD/MPA from Harvard Law. Yet, when he told his high school buddies that he planned to go to Harvard, they laughed at him.
â€œThey thought that was unrealistic because they didnâ€™t know anyone who had gone to Harvard,â€ says Harper, who also has a foundation, Manifest Your Destiny, which works with underserved young people. â€œBut itâ€™s possible for everyone to figure out a path if they have a plan.â€
To help parents and students develop a plan, they can access useful tools and resources at HonorYourFutureNow.org.