Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

By Ashley August

This past, Friday I was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. To be invited into this prestigious organization, students in their first or second year of school need to be in the top fifth of their class and maintain a 3.4 GPA. NSCS’s mission is to honor and inspire academic excellence and engage citizenship for a lifetime.

Benefits of joining NSCS include the fact that they offer more money for undergraduate scholarships than any other honor society nationwide. Students who join meet people on campus, at other schools, and community members they might not have otherwise had a chance to. Students who join get to embark on a mission to take part in transforming the community and campus in a variety of issues that are most important to them. Also, students have ample scholarship opportunities, leadership training, internships, career opportunities and resources in fields, along with travel opportunities that are only available to NSCS members.

The ceremony involved introductions from the President of NSCS at the Saint Xavier Chapter Andrea Bernardi, followed by a few remarks from the Executive Vice President Tiffany McCloud, Vice President of Community Service Courtney Companio, and Secretary Rebecca Pehle. The keynote speaker of the evening was Alexander Flowers who started the Saint Xavier Chapter of NSCS.

Finally came the induction of new members. They announced everyone’s name and gave each person a pin. All standing together at the front of the Butler Reception Room we repeated the oath of membership while raising our right hand. After, we were able to put the pin on as newly inducted members. Amanda Phillips, Vice President of PR and Membership, lead all of the participants through the oath.

After the ceremony there were refreshments and, more importantly, an opportunity to mingle amongst the newly inducted members and a chance to meet the wonderful people who conducted the ceremony. So for all of you freshman and sophomores out there keep your grades up so you to will have a chance to be invited into this prestigious society. As Alexander Flowers said, “What is your legacy going to be?” Perhaps the answer lies in the contributions you could make to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Ashley August is a sophomore education major from LaGrange Park. She is member of the volleyball team and the Student Athletic Committee. Consideration for the student bloggers is provided by Saint Xavier University.

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