National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

Organization Purpose:
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honor society that engages high-achieving first- and second-year students in the top 20% of their class. NSCS has established chapters at more than 300 schools across the country and more than 800,000 members. We are a proud member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The NSCS encourages academic achievement and provides opportunities for members to develop leadership skills, positively change their campuses and communities, and prepare for future endeavors (internship, grad school, career). Members often make valuable connections that can last a lifetime and make college a more rewarding experience. NSCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1994 on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is a recognized organization at 290 campuses across the country.

Organization Mission:
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ emblem embodies our mission. You can see it in the symbols (an open book with a torch rising from its pages, capped with three stars and surrounded by a laurel) and its colors (crimson and gold). The Book symbolizes the endless pursuit of knowledge. The Torch represents the ability of each of us to serve as a guiding light for others and of education to serve as a beacon, eradicating ignorance. The Stars manifest the three pillars upon which the society is built: scholarship, leadership, and service. The Laurel is an ancient symbol of distinction and serves to remind members that they are a part of a long and noble tradition of distinguished leaders. Crimson was used in heraldry to represent boldness and enthusiasm, both of which describe the confident and engaged NSCS member. Gold evokes the precious metal of the same name, representing the value our members bring to what they do.

Organization Motto
“Honoring and inspiring academic excellence and engaged citizenship.”

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