The #1 Most Valuable Honor Society in the U.S.

Find out why NSCS has become the nation's fastest growing honors society.

(Hint: It has to do with increasing marketability, identifying a career path, and making lasting connections!)

NSCS Members unlock powerful resources to navigate college and career

What Makes NSCS So Different?

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars goes beyond just recognizing high-achieving students. The honor society also helps equip them, in real and practical ways, so that they can earn more scholarship money, gain access to better leadership, internship, and job opportunities, and become more well-rounded scholars. Students from nearly 300 chapters across the United States have benefited from a lifetime membership with NSCS since it was founded in 1994.

What is NSCS?

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is a non-profit honor society that recognizes high-achieving first-and second-year college students. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service experiences, access to discounts and savings, and offers more money in undergrad scholarships than any other honor society of its kind.

What You Should Know as You Decide to Join NSCS

Top 3 Benefits of Membership

1. Valuable Career Tools

In today’s highly-competitive marketplace you’ll need more than just a great GPA to land your dream job. We will give you the tools you’ll need accelerate your future job, internship, or graduate school search, including certified LinkedIn credentials that verify membership, personalized resume and cover letter reviews, letters of recommendation, and career assessments.

2. Recognition

NSCS recognizes and elevates high-achieving students with benefits including a special feature in their New Member Induction Ceremony, a member diploma and pin, LinkedIn membership credentials, and access to a member-exclusive leadership opportunities and networking activities.

3. Lifelong Connection

Success in every area of life depends not just on what you know, but also on who you know. As NSCS member, Maggie Helmus, from Florida State University said, “You don’t realize how important these connections are until you get out in the real world, especially when it comes to your career.”

How Do You Get In?

To be considered for membership you must be invited. The NSCS board works in close collaboration with your University’s Office of the Registrar to identify students who meet our membership standards. We look for the first-and second-year students who attend an accredited U.S. institution and have earned a 3.4 GPA or higher. We invite fewer than 20% of all eligible college students nationwide, so if you’ve been invited, you’re in good company!

How is NSCS Membership a Valuable Investment?

We asked these students. Here's what they said...


Stephanie Cahill

Arizona State University

Paid the one-time, lifetime fee

Elected Chapter Officer
Elected to Leadership Council
Recipient of Board of Directors $1k scholarship
$800 travel stipend

Return on Investment

Over $1,800
Council Representation – $800 travel stipend


Shadrique Johnson

Howard University

Paid the one-time, lifetime fee

Received a FREE resume review
($199 value)
Identified 10 scholarships
Attended induction

Return on Investment

Over $50 and counting
Access to 8K scholarships exclusive to members


Chloe Reynolds

George Mason University

Paid the one-time, lifetime fee

Interned at NSCS HQ
Selected as the recipient of the $2,500 Community College Transition Award
Added NSCS to her resume.

Return on Investment

Over $2,400
Internship and existing NSCS network at her new school

NSCS Members Shape Society

Members include former president Jimmy Carter, former senator John McCain, former U.S. Ambassador Dr. Robin Renee Sanders, former Secretary of Defense  Dr. Robert Gates, 16 members of the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List, and nearly 200 Fulbright scholars.

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NSCS Chapters updated graphic Map

The Connections

Our Faculty / Staff Advisors Make A Difference

NSCS chapter advisorsPenny Warner

Dr. Penny Warner

Winona State University

NSCS chapter advisorsChip Tuson

Mr. Chip Tuson

Ohio State University

NSCS chapter advisorsNajee Wise

Mr. Najee Wise

UNC at Wilmington

NSCS chapter advisorsDavid Marshall

Dr. David Marshall

UC San Bernardino

Universities Recognize Our Value

Members Share How NSCS Has Helped Them

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