Montclair State University Students Receive $1,000 Merit Scholarship

Three members of Montclair State University’s newly chartered chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) were awarded $1,000 scholarships by the organization.  Kirstie Senese, Meghan Dougherty, and Marguerite Bonadies were among 52 outstanding new NSCS members out of hundreds of applicants to be honored.  

NSCS is an honors organization for high-achieving freshmen and sophomores at 300 colleges and universities nationwide.

Merit Award recipients are chosen based on their essays, extracurricular activities, recommendation letter, and demonstration of commitment to and knowledge of the NSCS mission statement and ideals.

The Montclair State University chapter was established on April 21, 2011 and held its first new member induction ceremony on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, welcoming about 430 new members to the Society.  The chapter also acknowledged Karen Pennington, the University’s vice president of Student Development and Campus Life, by honoring her as a Distinguished Member during the ceremony.

The induction featured keynote speaker Dr. Gregory Waters, director of the University's Honors Program. The address centered on the importance of a liberal arts education.  "Not liberal in the political sense," Waters noted, "but liberal in the sense of broad, well-rounding, and all-encompassing."

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization committed to recognizing and elevating high achievers. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and membership is by invitation only, to eligible first and second year college students based on grade point average and class standing.  NSCS awards more than a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships every year.  NSCS offers members exclusive access to scholarships, career resources, and leadership and networking opportunities and has more than 800,000 lifetime members and more than 300 chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  Learn more about NSCS at