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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Student Services, Undergraduate Colleges

Mission: The mission of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is honoring and inspiring academic excellence and engaged citizenship for a lifetime.

Programs: Membership - encourages learning opportunities through community service, web page orientations, brochures and participating in conferences.

scholarships - provide opportunities to apply for scholarships of various types.

public relations - support the awareness of the programs of the national society of collegiate scholars along with awareness of local chapters in their communities.

other program services include conventions, alumni services, partnerships, pace, communications, and recognition.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

NSCS is a great academic organization, but it also excels in promoting community service, leadership, and success in endeavors both during and after college.

The staff is also very kind and full of information. They're clearly dedicated to members and it shows in how intently they maintain communication with chapters. Being part of NSCS has helped me to make my college experience a little more worthwhile.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NSCS made an important mark on my first two years of college. Because of NSCS, I gained a tremendous support system at my community college who taught me valuable leadership, community building, and organizational skills. These positive experiences and relationships influenced me to run as the Vice President of Community Service at my chapter, where I flourished even further in leadership, delegation, networking, and coordination skills. After this experience, I became the Vice President of the National Leadership Council, a group of representatives from NSCS chapters across the country that act as liaisons between regions, the national headquarters, and the Board of Directors. In this pinnacle position, I not only was opportuned with direct decision making opportunities as a Board of Directors member, but grew to love the organization even more, as it allowed me to delve deeper into regional chapters, their successes and stories.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars brings truth to the phrase "start strong, finish strong." The first two years of college are key, and the work of NSCS not only recognizes that, but capitalizes on important "firsts" in both an individualized and collective way for students.

I owe much of my past success and future success to NSCS. Many thanks to this remarkable organization!

1 Angelica M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS is such a great organization which helps college students to discover and reach their fullest potential through leadership, scholarship, and service. NSCS truly exemplifies service in the many capacities that it serves.

I have been a part of NSCS for a year now, and I have truly loved the community that each chapter creates in the organization. Each chapter is different although they still push NSCS' vision, yet their uniqueness allows the organization to better serve communities around the country. One of NSCS' most significant service projects is working with Active Minds to promote mental health, especially on college campuses. Their partnership displays how much NSCS truly cares about making a difference in the community and how they also care about their members. Working with another nonprofit not only allows members to promote mental health to others but also allows them to see how they can also ensure about their health.

I love being a part of NSCS because I have seen how I have grown in just a year that I have been with the organization in my leadership skills and even with networking. Since NSCS is such a huge organization, it allows you to connect with members who can help you grow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a member of NSCS at the University of Louisville as a sophomore in 2013. I had several different officer positions during my 3 years of membership on campus, which taught me so much about being a leader. It also opened up several job opportunities for me after college. I would highly recommend joining.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NSCS has been one of the absolute greatest experiences of my college career. Through this organization, I have have been given so many amazing opportunities to meet new people, gain valuable leadership skills, and network and make connections both on and off campus. The spring of my freshman year, I joined NSCS and got involved right away. I was able to participate in annual community service event at my school, and at the end of the year I was elected VP of Community Service for our chapter. After serving in this position for one year, I had the opportunity to take over as Chapter President. I learned so many invaluable skills in my time as President and made some great connections with our advisor and other NSCS members. After serving as President, I decided to apply to be on the NSCS National Leadership Council. I am now currently a member of the 2018-2019 NLC and it has been such an amazing experience already! The opportunities like these that NSCS provides for its members is what makes it such a great organization to be a part of. In addition to all that, the organization has some other great perks that make joining worth every penny. There are tons of scholarships to apply for through NSCS, lots of benefits that save you money on things like hotels, rental cars, school supplies, etc., and many local chapters provide rewards and incentives for active members. All in all, NSCS is one of the best experiences I have had in college, and I highly recommend those looking for a well-rounded organization to get involved in to join NSCS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an alumni member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This nonprofit changed my whole undergraduate experience at The University of Toledo. Joining gave me access to exclusive benefits, scholarships, and content. It also connected me to a huge network of people on my campus and across the country. I also became the Chapter President and that opportunity provided me with leadership skills I wouldn’t have gained in other roles. I am so thankful for everything this nonprofit has done for me and others across the country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been part of NSCS for 3 years now. I joined this awesome honor society as the founding chapter president of Miami Dade College. The reason I love this society so much is because it has allowed me to meet amazing people in my community as well as nationwide. My absolute favorite program is PACE. This stands for Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence. My chapter worked closely with an after school care for underprivoleged kids to help them enroll into college and choose a major. I love that I was able to contribute to my community that way. Because of NSCS I also developed a very close relationship with my campus president. She was really excited to have a brand new honor society on campus and helped us develop various projects. Obviously NSCS ALSO provides various members benefits, such as scholarships, discounts, and so on. But the one thing that I value the most is the relationships I was able to build along the way. My chapter officers and I because so close that I can truly say that we have become friends for life. I highly encourage everyone who's eligible to join this honor society, because it's not just about having good grades and simply being part of an honor society. NSCS is more about learning how to be a leader, developing teamwork skills, and truly impacting your community.

Review from Guidestar

4 Lauren W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an NSCS member for three years and so far it has been a life-changing experience for me. NSCS has given me numerous scholarship opportunities, internship opportunities and educational tools to not only help me succeed in college but also in life. NSCS encourages their members to strive for academic success while making an impact on their community through community service and fundraising. NSCS has given me the confidence in my abilities as a student and a leader in my community.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first heard about this honors program, I was flattered that such a global organization took notice of so many students talents and efforts. The main goal of this organization is to uplift , support and encourage the student to continue on the path and allow mentor ship between several other students of the same goals. This program has community service , fundraising and everything needed to build the well rounded students and use the ideas we often hold. It is worth the time and dedication that we put into it, we get just as much out.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I feel NSCS is a platform for students to create success on. The organization provides tools, guidance, membership benefits, alumni support, and more for 2- and 4-year students as well as graduate students and alumni. Like many endeavors in life, NSCS is and can be as much of what someone puts into it. Those who take the time to understand NSCS, become leaders, serve the community, apply for scholarships, utilize Member Benefits -- those who see it as more than an additional title and line of recognition on a resume -- are those more likely to reap the maximum benefits of NSCS membership.

I was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from NSCS in the form of the NSCS Integrity Award. My previous advisor/Honors Director, Kathleen King, was also awarded this amount, as I nominated her. Additionally, the other nominator, Monica Naranjo, was awarded $1,000. That's $3,000 total of significant scholarship for two students and one educator. Kathleen (educator), has detailed her intentions of using the award to fund a honors conference trip for students to attend, present, and moderate.

I have witnessed tremendous change and positive development within the Board and organization since when I first became a member in the spring of 2015 to now, as the current Vice President of the 2017-18 NSCS National Leadership Council (NLC).

It is because of my experience as the NSCS Vice President of Community Service at Hillsborough Community College and because of my experience as the VP of the NLC that I have gained valuable tools, insight, and skills I now apply at my positions as the Program Coordinator of my local NAACP, and a coordinator at another local nonprofit. Community organizing and event planning were key traits in my ability to receive both positions, and key aspects of my initial role as VP of Community Service at HCC.

I am deeply thankful for the guidance and opportunities NSCS has provided me and continues to provide me and numerous other students, educators, and alumni.

Review from Guidestar

1 Steve D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

990s only tell half the story. What about in-kind scholarships, internships, partnerships, service opportunities, or the 4,500 events that NSCS chapters hosted in 2017? The organization is a bit below industry standard in terms of overhead and administration. And, unlike many, is certified by the Association of College Honor Societies, is a registered nonprofit and has academic standards for membership.

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

According to their GuideStar program accomplishments listing and their IRS 990, only 3% of their nearly $8,000,000 budget goes to scholarships. 70% goes to salaries, office expenses and travel. They raise money from invited scholars to pay themselves to raise more money from invited scholars, etc., etc.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS is an excellent honors and service org. They always are there helping in the community, and their members are always eager for the next service project. I am glad to be a part of this organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS is a great non-profit organization. It allows driven students across the country live up to their full potential.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of NSCS for almost 4 years. This organization is everything I expected to be and more. I have been able to meet a lot of different individuals from diverse backgrounds and I have had unique opportunities to get involved in the surrounding communities. NSCS stresses service to all and is one of my favorite aspects of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS is an excellent honors organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in the early college years. The chapter support network and large number of scholarships truly help with adjustment to college academics/money issues.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS as an honor society is a very well rounded organization. Not only does NSCS promote academic excellence by providing scholarships, they also encourage community service and integrity. All the NSCS staff have a sincere drive and passion for what they do, and they execute their tasks in a selfless way :) Working as an intern with NSCS, the staff were very welcoming and encouraging, and they taught me so much that I can actually use for the rest of my life :) Thank you NSCS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS main goal is to help its members and potential members with anything they might need during and even after their college experience. NSCS offers multiple opportunities for students both on the local (chapter level) and the national level. I think this is something that makes NSCS very unique. This organization gives you the opporutnity to interact with so many different networks. Everyone is so happy here at NSCS and that really makes a difference on how they perform their work, they are overally happy to help with anything you might need. I am excited now as an intern, knowing a lot more about the organization, to take advantage of all that NSCS is generously offering.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I did not know what to expect from an organization like NSCS. I hadn't ever been apart of an honor organization or recognized for my academic performance in school. So it was a bit of a shock when a prestigious society in invited me, an art student, to join. I guess one of the main reasons I joined was to get on the same level my intelligent friends in high school were on and scholarships. What I got was much much more. NSCS has recognized me for my talent and love for the cinema, and has gifted me with the opportunity to work in my field at such a young age. Also everyone I work with is so awesome and cooperative. The individuals I communicate with are very professional and charming. This is truly a loving organization. I didn't just get hired, I joined a family. A good kind of family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS is one of the few honor societies that makes it a point to off true life time membership. Even as an alumni I can be as engaged as I want to be. NSCS has made me a better thought leader and mentor.