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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

3 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

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

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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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is one of those rare honor societies that represents more than just good grades, mandatory meetings, and stuffy procedures. Though national, NSCS makes you feel like you're part of a family, and in the large, anonymous world of college, that means a lot. You learn so much about yourself, you grow personally and professionally, and you meet people who will become part of your life forever.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined NSCS because I was looking for a way to get more out of my university experience. I didn't really know what to expect, it is, after all, an honor society, right? What could that entail? Some workshops that offer advice on being highly effective, a speaker or two on how important education is? After joining, though, I discovered just how unique, how valuable, and even how fun this organization actually is. I've learned so much in my capacity as a Chapter President, and as a member of its National Leadership Committee, and I've made friends that I know will last a lifetime. How many organizations promise personal growth on every conceivable level, and actually deliver? Just one. NSCS.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Students frequently ask me why I joined NSCS, and my answer surprises them every single time: I joined because I wanted to make friends with people as nerdy as I am. The scholarships, the discounts--those are all just an icing on the cake. I joined because, for me, it was a fun, productive thing to do. One year later and I've become a published writer, a blogger, and I've been interviewed and featured on Fox News TV, Scholar Ready, and HCCTV (to name a few!). But I didn't make it here alone--the same friends I sought and made at NSCS are the exact same ones who have inspired me and helped me become the person I am today. One of my goals as a member of the National Leadership Council is to spread the word about how NSCS does more than just add another line to your resume. Join, and don't forget to enjoy being a part of this amazing team when you do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

NSCS is the BEST non-profit organization! I have made so many life long memories with this organization that have shaped me into the scholar/leader I am today. The scholarships I have won, the volunteer hours I have achieved, and the friends I have made are all due to my membership with NSCS. Steve Loflin is a very caring CEO/President who takes the time to reach out to all of the individual chapters on the various local levels to a point where every memeber has the opportunity to speak with him personally if they so desire. The managers/office employees dedicate countless hours to ensure that NSCS students across America reach their fullest potential while learning valuable life lessons along the way. When you are in search of a non-profit that encourages strong academic performance, community engagement, and lifelong integrity, then you need to look no further than the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This organization far exceeds any of its competitors in all three of these areas, and for this reason, I believe NSCS is not just a great/top non-profit, but it is indeed a life changing non-profit!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had a positive experience with NSCS since the day of my induction 11 years ago. NSCS has provided an encouraging and supportive environment for me to grow as a scholar, professional, and leader; become an active member of my community; and network with some amazing people. NSCS is far more than just an honor society - it is a great nonprofit, dedicated to helping individuals succeed and realize their potential!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with NSCS has been nothing but positive. joined as a sophomore in college and NSCS was the first organization I ever joined. I immediately took on leadership positions (a step FAR out of my comfort zone) and became hooked. I am now involved in many organizations and it is all because of the doors NSCS opened for me. Of course I could talk all about the scholarships that NSCS offers, or the friends you will make, but to be completely honest it is the things that I have learned about myself through NSCS that I cherish the most. Before joining I was shy and uncomfortable taking on responsibility, but now I am confident in my academic career and my life choices. I have learned how to lead. I have learned how to speak in front of rooms full of people. I have learned punctuality and professionalism. I have learned that if an opportunity comes your way and you are interested in it you should take it. I have learned that trying new things can lead you down a wonderful and unexpected path. I have learned that my time in college is just the beginning of being involved in my community. I have learned that I can make a difference. NSCS is at the root of this all, and the organization is full of amazing people who care about your experience. I am beyond satisfied with my membership experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NSCS is a great organization that helps build leadership and personal growth not only during the undergraduate years but also as an alum. I've been a member of NSCS for four years and I have been able to help my community while embracing the organization's mission. It has also help build the foundations for leadership roles not only in the organization but also at the national level and with many of its partners. The organization constantly remains active with its members and makes sure to engage them in every possible way. NSCS provides amazing opportunities to grow not only personally but also professionally. It also encourages to get involved in the community and staying active; service is a great part of the organization and one of my favorites.