The Honorary Member Award is for people who have made significant contributions to speleology broadly defined. The nominee does not have to be a member of the NSS to receive this award.  Please note that the description of the Honorary Member award is “for contributions to Speleology,  BROADLY DEFINED.” As you review the past recipients, you will note that many are scientists with advanced degrees.  However, the award does not require any degree.  The award involves both the study of and the exploration of caves and encompasses contributions in many areas.  As one of the two highest awards given by the NSS, the contributions should be over a period of time and usually include a body of work.  Your nomination letter should include details of the nominee's contribution to speleology. Please do not assume that "everyone" knows your nominee and your nominee's merits. A good nomination letter should give explicit details about what the person has done over the years to benefit caving.  The letter should be inclusive and filled with cause and effect.  Give details about what the person has done and how it positively affected the world of caves and caving.  The easiest way to obtain answers specific to your questions about your nomination is to contact the sub-chairman.