Although there are some universal requirements, each chapter has its own criteria for selection. And depending on your current class or grade, as well as your school’s organization, you will either be eligible for Junior Beta (Elementary or Junior Division) or Senior Beta. The Elementary Division includes grades 4-5 and Junior Division includes grades 6-8. Senior Beta is comprised of grades 9-12. Regardless, members only pay a $15 fee per division. If you’re interested in joining Beta today, visit our interactive map to find your local chapter.
Beta is a whole lot more than a line on your transcript or wearing a lapel pin. Beta helps shape its members’ futures. Whether attending a state convention, our national convention or participating in local service projects, you’ll not only learn valuable life lessons, but you’ll make lifelong friends in the process. Plus, our 12th grade members have the chance to apply for over $300,000 in scholarships. Ready to brighten your future?
There are a few initial steps to take before beginning the application process.
- REVIEW OUR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
You should familiarize yourself with Beta’s eligibility requirements.
- FIND A SPONSOR
Every club must have a sponsor. Sponsors play an active and important role in their respective local Beta chapters—and your sponsor can be an administrator, counselor, teacher or librarian. For homeschool chapters, a sponsor can be a parent or guardian.
- DETERMINE YOUR SCHOOL’S CRITERIA
- SELECT PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS
Unless you are a homeschool student, not part of a group, cooperative or association, you should have at least five prospective members to start.
Once you have completed those initial steps, you can begin our simple online application or print out a paper application to be sent via mail.
We’re eager to welcome you to National Beta.
National Beta chapters can be found throughout the United States and across the globe, with clubs in China, Japan, Guam, Russia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Panama and Puerto Rico.
Select your state to connect with your local club—or to start your own.
We'll gladly answer any questions you might have, but there’s a good chance someone else has already asked it. For that reason, we’ve compiled some of the more common questions here. And if you still can't find the answer you're looking for, please let us know.