FAQ (2)

How can I register my child for NSF Contests?


n order to experience a smooth registration process, please read the following important information carefully. Do not skip these and proceed to registration.
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Please Read Before Registering
1. Please use the Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9 only. Our volunteers DID NOT test with other browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
3. Do not try to enter as a new parent. Your record already exists.
4. Like last year, your entry is through a login ID and password. This is the only way you can access the system. If you forgot your password, your can get it from the login page. Please keep the login ID and password in a safe place. Do not share with others.
5. All communications from NSF is done through the email address, which also acts as your login ID. If you want to change your e-mail address (login ID) or password, you can do so from the login page.
6. If you ever forget your login ID in the future, you can request for it from the login page.
7. NSF offers a variety of contests including spelling, vocabulary, math, science, geography, essay writing, public speaking, and brain bee. Based on the availability of resources and participation, your chapter decides on a particular array of contests to be offered in your center. If your chapter does not offer a particular contest, but it is, however, offered in a neighboring center, you may be able to avail the opportunity by registering in the neighboring center as long as it is in your cluster and the system allows you.
Important: Some chapters are put into a cluster, if they are within driving distance. If you belong to a cluster, the system will show you all chapters where you can register. Please read the chapter names and select the precise chapter where you would like your child to participate. If your center is offering contests, but has not yet selected a date or venue, you can still register. Registration is not complete until you pay online. Once you register and pay, refunds are not allowed for any reason.
8. As an added benefit to the parents, there are 2 new links on the parent function page such as
“Change Center” and “Change Contest”! Change Contest link allows you to change contests. You could only change contests that are priced same or lower.
9. The system saves each page as you go along. In case of an interruption for any reason, you do not have to reenter the data that was already saved.
10. NSF activities are run by volunteers as NRI community events. We encourage both parents to volunteer for NSF activities. Even if you can spare one hour a week, it will make a big difference. Together, we can make things better and accomplish more in serving children, both in the US andIndia. Please contact/send email to your chapter coordinators if you are interested in volunteering.
11. Do not use the “Back” arrow or "Refresh" button to avoid losing data integrity. Please review each page before continuing. Please avoid registering in a rush to avoid mistakes.
a) Parent information: Please review and update data in all fields for you and your spouse (or other parent). Please make sure both parents have unique email ids (i.e. email ids need to be different for both parents). Make certain that you belong to the right NSF chapter.
b) Child information: Please review and update data in all fields including hobbies and accomplishments for each child. Make sure the date of birth is correct, and the grade and the name of school are up to date. The grade should be as of January 1.
12. While helping your child excel through these contests, please consider helping a economically disadvantaged child go to college in Indiaand donate generously. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible. On the donation page, there is a suggested donation, which you are free to change.
13. After you complete registration and make your payment, you will get a confirmation email, which you should keep for your records. Please read the confirmation email in full. You may want to bring a copy to the contest venue as evidence of your registration and payment.
14. Please review with your child NSF contest offerings, contest dates, contest location, rules, syllabus, preparation, educational resources and FAQ to make them better prepare.
15. NSF Seattle will send notifications about practice sessions for various local practice sessions. These sessions can better prepare your child for the contests, and reduce any anxiety they might have.
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Step-by-step instructions for Registration:
(a) From www.northsouth.org, place your cursor on “US LOGIN” which appears on the top right hand side and click on “Parent Login”link
(b) Enter your login ID and password (If you forgot your password, you can get it from the login page.)
(c) Click on “Register for Regional Contests” and follow the prompts
(d) First fill-in/update parent information; then click on “Continue”
(e) Update the volunteer information; then click on “Continue”
(f) Update the child information such as grade/school/hobbies. You need to update for all the children. Otherwise, the system will not show you the eligible contests
(g) Click on “Choose Contest Details” and the system shows all the eligible contests by child
(h) Next click on “Click here to register”
(i) Select all desired contests for each child; then click on “Submit”
(j) Click on “Pay Now” button; before clicking, verify your selections
(k) You will go through terms and conditions, donation, and credit card payment pages
(l) Refunds will not be given once payment is done. Contests can be changed, but cannot be transferred to a sibling. If you have registered for a contest, say, spelling, instead of Math, and payment has been made, then you can change to Math for that child without additional fees.
(m) After successfully paying with your credit card, you will receive a confirmation email
(n) Logout from the system
(o) Please note that the given schedule in your chapter calendar may be tentative; please verify and check with your chapter coordinator for the final schedule of the contests.
(p) If you have already registered your child in spelling, vocabulary, math, sicence, geography, science, essay writing or public speaking, follow the steps below to download practice words/sample questions
(q) Fromwww.northsouth.org, place your cursor on “US LOGIN” which appears on the top right hand side and click on “Parent Login”link
(r) Enter your login ID and password
(s) Click on “View Status” and you will see next to the contestant name a downloadable link for spelling/vocabulary practice words in .pdf or other formats. We provide 1,000 practice words for spelling and vocabulary contests. For Math, science, geography, essay writing or public speaking, the downloadable files contain only sample questions and these are for guidance only.
(t) How to download the files: right-click on the link, and choose Save file on your hard disk option. Once saved, you can print a copy for practice. Do not directly open file by using the left click on the download link.
Wish you and your child(ren) all the best.
 I would like to sign my child for the practice sessions/ Bee workshops. Where do I sign up?
Practice sessions for the Bee workshops are for Registered participants only. Please follow the instructions above to register your child. You will soon get notification about the practice sessions via email.


About Us
North South Foundation is a volunteer driven non-profit organization established in Illinois in 1989. It received tax-exempt status under the IRS Section 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible.

Our Mission is to

  • Develop human resources by giving scholarships to brilliant but needy students in India entering colleges, regardless of religion, gender, caste or creed.
  • Promote excellence in human endeavor by organizing Educational Contests for the kids in USA.
  • Help people achieve success regardless of religion, gender, caste, geographic origin by giving hope to those who may have none.

The NSF Scholarship program in India is designed to encourage excellence among the poor children who excel academically but need help to attend college. Each scholarship is $250 per student per year. More Information is available at Indian Scholarships.

Hardworking volunteers, discounts from vendors and sponsorships for our awards help to keep our overheads to less than 5% and channel donated funds towards helping the needy.

Educational Contests organized by NSF in the US are designed to encourage academic excellence among Indian American children. The NSF spelling, vocabulary, math, essay writing, public speaking and geography bees are conducted annually in two steps. Children initially participate in Regional Contests. There are more than 65 centers in the US and Canada organizing the Regional Contests every year.

Winners of these contests are invited for the National Finals. National top rankers are awarded scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $250, redeemable in the winners’ freshman year of college. Many of the NSF children have also achieved top ranks in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, MATHCOUNTS and National Geographic Bee.

More Information can be found at US Contests.

Role Model Award: The ‘Vishwa Jyothi’ Role Model is awarded to showcase human values and academic excellence to the children of Indian American community. The Foundation has awarded its inaugural Role Model Award, ‘Vishwa Jyothi’ to Rajiv Vinnakota in 2003 and Nipun Mehta in 2004.