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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

489 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so glad I joined NSCS! In a tough year, it has been a source of education, connection and hope. They truly care about students and offer a wide variety of resources: classes, events, scholarships, mentors, leadership summits, partnerships with other organizations (e.g., resume reviews, internships, jobs, etc). They will support you and push you to excel.

Comments ( 1 )

eweisenfeld Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience as a member of NSCS. We do our best to help our members benefit from membership. The key to NSCS is you get out of it what you put into it - leveraging the benefits to improve your skills and knowledge. Good for you for making the most of your membership.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with this organization. There are many scholarship opportunities available that are exclusive for members. I have also been given the opportunity to hold a leadership position in my university's chapter of the honor society. I am so happy to have been given a chance to improve my leadership skills while still in college. This is an amazing, supportive community that honors all of the hard work that we put in as students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I founded Seminole State College of Florida's chapter and the benefits, personal, and professional growth have been priceless. The most important thing I have gotten from my experience with NSCS has been the lasting friendships. I will treasure all of my experiences with this fantastic organization.

David Smith
Seminole State College Chapter President

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Check out their IRS 990 before joining and Google Pipe Dream and the name of this organization. A 3.4 is not even Deans List at most colleges (the mean for Deans list is somewhere between 3.5 and 3.7, but there are colleges with lower cutoffs). If I see this group on a student resume I assume the student is not able to actually investigate anything and they do not have critical thinking skills. It is a NEGATIVE for me when considering them. Save your money and throw the invite in the trash (along with the one that comes for your parents a little later in the mail). Also google their IRS 990 (just put in that and the name) and look at how the "executive compensation" goes up every year. The CEO Loflin was paid 257,667 in 2014 (last available year) plus another 23,252 in other benefits. Gibbs was paid 193,497 plus 19,507. As far as I can tell they gave 164,256 in grants and scholarships to 326 students total (less than 2% of income), while paying a total of 1.9 million dollars in salaries and wages. It makes me furious that they con my hard working students into paying money they cannot spare while taking huge salaries for themselves.
Added: They tell me via email they have improved so I went and made the effort to find the more recent IRS 990 for 2015. Revenue 7.3 million. CEO pay $248,000 plus $40,000 other compensation. The group spent over 1.5 million on "postage services" , 127,000 on marketing and gave 451 scholarships totaling 485,180. You can find more details yourself by looking up yourself.
Newest IRS 990 from 2017. Over 7 million gross receipts. Paid out about 384,000 in grants. Paid 1,985,000 in salaries. Spent 4,457,560 on other expenses (over 2 million on office expenses). CEO got 264,000 salary and 27,500 other compensation. That makes grants a tad more than five percent of the gross income.

Review from Guidestar

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.

1

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

8

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.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of NSCS for almost 15 years. During this time, I've connected with the organization in multiple capacities, all of which have resulted in me being more equipped as a leader, servicing the greater community with integrity and making life-long friends. NSCS is more then just a honor society, it is a group of individuals truly invested in a common vision to not only reach but excel in their life-calling.- C. Ginyard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic honor society that has far exceeded my expectations. I joined just wanting to get involved on campus and to have an honor society on my resume, but I have done far more than just that over my last two years of involvement. NSCS is a great place to meet people that aren't in your own college, to learn new leadership skills and participate in your community through service projects. NSCS is an outstanding organization where being good is never enough, they are always striving to better the society.

Board Member

Rating: 5

To start, Nscs is an organization with High integrity and truth is what they are. In my experience with Nscs, I have received funds of over a 1000$ for school tuition. When they say they are giving money away to student , they mean it! I won an iPad from a Facebook contest that they did. Also, NSCS is not just another traditional honor society but its one that stays with the status quote! They meet the needs of our communities in universities by partnering with the most effective partners. I personally can say that because of NSCS and Geico partnership, I am saving 40% of what I use to save for my car insurance! This is how great they are I meeting the needs of society. Nscs has provided the way for me to build my leadership foundation! there is no other organization that has provided the tool for leadership role that i have gained. Only nscs! And finally, I am so proud to be a member of this organization because it aligns with my moral values. Nscs is the fabric of who I am!

Kirsti W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about how amazing this organization is! I have been involved with NSCS since the second semester of my freshman year in college. At the first meeting I ever attended, I ran for the Secretary/Treasurer position and won! The next year, I served my chapter as the Chapter President, and this year, I have the honor of being one of eight in the country to represent NSCS through my service on the National Leadership Council (NLC). Through serving on the NLC, i am a part of an advisory board that works to engage members and better the NSCS experience of all members in the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This organization has truly changed my life by shaping me into the leader I now am. I have volunteered countless hours, planned events to help better my community, and learned important life skills through my experience of being an officer and member of NSCS. I feel better prepared to serve as a leader in my community and command my own classroom upon graduation through my involvement with this incredible, life-changing organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars has exceeded all of my expectations, in terms of what I was looking for in a college campus honor society. This honor society is unlike others, in that the benefits that members can receive range from service opportunities to opportunities abroad. I have been actively involved since joining my freshmen year and over the past three years I've served as secretary, treasurer, and now, president at my chapter (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). I am also on the NSCS National Leadership Council (NLC) that serves as an advisory board and liaison between chapters and the national headquarters. What I love about NSCS is not only the amazing support we have from the national office in Washington D.C. that overlooks all NSCS chapters, but also the feeling that it gives me of accomplishment, recognition, and leadership. I would recommend this honor society to anyone and everyone that I know. It truly is one of the best that serves and recognizes the brightest.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a college student, NSCS has honestly changed my life. NSCS is an honors organization for high-achieving first and second year college students. I was invited to join as a freshman and quickly got involved. I was able to serve my chapter as Vice President and President, and currently serve on the NSCS National Leadership Council. Few organizations on a college campus are able to engage their members and offer real benefits. NSCS, however, does just that. Through member scholarships, volunteer programs, internship opportunities, and travel opportunities, NSCS has the ability to enhance the life of all honor students, during college and beyond as alumni. The organization really cares about their members and providing them with the best experience possible. NSCS is a fantastic organization and I give it my highest recommendation!