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Application FAQ

What are some application tips?

Start Early

A great scholarship essay is not written overnight! Start early and allow time to work on your responses.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

You want your scholarship essay to stand out for its great content, not the grammatical errors. Ask a parent, friend, or professor to proofread your application before submitting.

Personalize the Response

Don’t make your essay a resume. Use the opportunity to share something about who you are, which is far more memorable.

Build on your Accomplishments

Remember that you are competing against a similar pool of applicants. Use the essay question as a way to prove to the scholarship committee that you are the worthiest applicant for the award.

How will I know if I’m selected as a recipient?

All applicants, recipients and non-recipients, will be notified of their status within 8 weeks of the closing date.

When do scholarships open? Close?

NSCS scholarships open throughout the year, so make sure to check the scholarship page often, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, too! Generally our scholarships are open for two months, but don’t wait until the last minute to apply!

What are the eligibility requirements to apply?

We have two main eligibility requirements for our scholarships:

  1. You must be an NSCS member (current or alumni)
  2. You must have at least a 3.4 GPA (if undergrad)
How do I apply for scholarships?
  1. It’s simple! Log in to the member portal at https://my.nscs.org/ using your username and password.
  2. After you log in, click the Scholarships tab.
  3. Find your scholarship — and note the deadline!
  4. Submit your application online.
  5. If this is the first time applying for an NSCS scholarship, you will need to fill out the General Application first.

Induction FAQ

What happens when I join?
The National Office will send you a confirmation e-mail after your membership confirmation has been processed. After we confirm your membership, you’ll receive at your permanent address a membership diploma, information about benefits, and a press release for you to share with local media. Additionally, your NSCS chapter officers will contact you by email to let you know about NSCS activities and services on your campus.
Is this a legitimate organization?

Absolutely. NSCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1994 on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. We are a recognized student organization at more than 330 campuses across the country. We are an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. NSCS also belongs to the Association of College Honor Societies. ACHS is the only accrediting institution for college honor societies, so www.achsnatl.org is a good resource for those who question our legitimacy. ACHS has a website dedicated to determining if an honor society is legitimate, www.achsnatl.org/standards_alert.asp. Our bylaws and annual reports can be found at www.nscs.org/about/bylaws and http://www.nscs.org/about/annual-reports.

How do I get in touch with someone at NSCS?
Our mailing address is:

NSCS
2000 M St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-265-9000
nscs@nscs.org
www.facebook.com/nscs94
www.twitter.com/NSCS

Contact information for your chapter can be found in your invitation or by emailing us at nscs@nscs.org.

What support is available from the NSCS office?

NSCS has a small, full-time staff based in Washington, D.C., that communicates with chapter officers and visits chapter campuses as frequently as possible. These individuals have significant experience in higher education and are committed to promoting the overall development of students affiliated with NSCS. They can be reached Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm EST.

I’m planning to transfer to a different school. What will happen with my membership?
Contact the NSCS national office at nscs@nscs.org to transfer your invitation or membership to a different chapter. If you’re an NSCS member who is transferring to a school without an active chapter, you can still access all your national benefits and attend events at a chapter near you. You can also contact the national office for more information about founding a new chapter.
Can I join NSCS even if there isn’t a chapter at my school?
Unfortunately, NSCS can only offer invitations to students who attend a school with an active chapter of NSCS. For more information about how to become a Founding Officer of a new chapter, contact nscs@nscs.org.
I’m interested in starting a chapter at my college or university. How do I do that?

The NSCS National Office can give you more information about how to found a chapter. Please contact nscs@nscs.org.

What does the Chapter Advisor do?

The Chapter Advisor assists and guides the officers and acts as the chapter’s liaison and advocate to the administration. He or she also plays an integral role in planning and executing the fall Induction Ceremony and the annual membership invitation season.

Why are all the contacts in the invitation letter students?

Each chapter of NSCS is a registered student organization, and all chapter officers are undergraduate students. Each chapter has a Chapter Advisor (an on-campus faculty member or administrator) who oversees the chapter.

What is the NSCS Leadership Summit?

The NSCS Leadership Summit is a gathering of NSCS members, officers, advisors, partners, employers, sponsors, speakers, and staff to meet and exchange ideas, inspiration, and practical information for college and far beyond. Participants will discover what it’s like to work in particular industries, get tips on writing resumes and cover letters, hear motivational speakers, and have fun.

Should I put my NSCS membership on a resume? Is it something people are going to recognize?

Yes, we encourage you to list your membership on your resume. NSCS has a nationwide network of partners, including universities, corporations, associations, and nonprofits. NSCS is well recognized among these and many other companies and institutions.

How is NSCS governed?

The Society is governed by a Board of Directors that includes business and education professionals and students from around the country who represent a host of disciplines. The Board sets the policy direction for the Society and is responsible for overseeing the fiscal and operational efficiency of NSCS. The day-to-day operations are overseen by NSCS’ CEO and Founder, Steve Loflin, who also serves as a member of the Board. Additional information can be found in our Bylaws.

How involved do I have to be?
Chapters plan activities like networking events, social gatherings, and community service projects. However, there is no minimum involvement requirement or time commitment for NSCS membership.
Do I have to attend the Induction Ceremony?

Attending the Induction Ceremony is not required, but it’s a great way to meet fellow NSCS members and learn about the advantages of NSCS membership.

What is the Induction Ceremony?
The Induction Ceremony is a public event that formally recognizes NSCS’ newest members. New members will receive an NSCS pin, meet their chapter officers, and learn more about opportunities in the chapter. Each Induction Ceremony is different, but many have a Distinguished Member or keynote speaker. Family and guests are welcome to attend the one-hour ceremony, and attire is business casual. As always, check with your chapter officers to confirm the details of the event, as each chapter adds their own unique touches to the event.
What is the press release I received (or will be receiving)?

A press release is a written, formal announcement of your membership. We encourage you to distribute the release to your local newspaper, newsletter, or bulletin. Included with the release are instructions for distribution.

How many chapters are there?

We have chapters at more than 330 colleges and universities nationwide, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Is NSCS only for freshmen and sophomores? Is it just for undergrads?
Students are invited to join in their first or second year of college. However, once you become a member, you’re always a member. Members of all class standings are encouraged to be involved in their chapter; they can take advantage of NSCS’ benefits throughout their college career and even after graduation.
What kinds of scholarships does NSCS have?
NSCS understands how difficult it can be to fund an education, so we’ve made offering scholarships to our members a high priority. These include Merit Award scholarships, Study Abroad scholarships, graduate-study scholarships, several program-specific scholarships, and much more.
What if my GPA drops below a 3.4?
Since all NSCS members met our academic criteria, we will never revoke someone’s membership. If a student’s GPA were to drop during a challenging semester, we hope the student would use NSCS’ resources to improve future grades. However, a low GPA may affect scholarship eligibility for some of our scholarships, most of which require a GPA of at least 3.4.
How is the membership fee used?

The membership fee is used to provide a variety of benefits and services to members. These include funding for chapter activities, a personalized diploma, a chapter Induction Ceremony, networking and career resources, scholarships, awards, programs, and events. The fee also helps offset NSCS’ administrative costs. NSCS is a 501(c)3, a nonprofit organization, so all income is used for the development and operation of the Society.

What is the membership fee?
The fee for a lifetime membership is $95. This one-time fee grants members access to NSCS resources and services. There are neither chapter nor annual dues.
How was I nominated? How many others from my school were invited?
NSCS works with the appropriate office at each school to identify eligible students for NSCS membership. Because populations vary from school to school, the number of invited students isn’t constant across campuses.
How do I join?
If you meet the GPA and ranking requirements, and you attend one of the more than 330 colleges where there is an NSCS chapter, you’ll receive an invitation to join during your first or second year. If you fit these criteria but do not attend a college with an existing chapter, you can email nscs@nscs.org for more information about how to found a new chapter.
What are the criteria for admittance?
We invite first- and second-year college students who have a GPA of 3.4 or higher. This puts them in the top 20% of students nationally. To receive an invitation to join NSCS, students must attend a college or university where there is an active chapter of NSCS.
What are some specific benefits?
In addition to recognition, networking, career resources, leadership development, community service, and mentoring opportunities, members can apply for exclusive scholarships and awards, attend special NSCS programs throughout the country, have access to a variety of career development tools others must pay for, and are often courted by recruiters for major employers. In addition, NSCS works to get its members discounts and deals on the things they’ll need most, like car insurance, textbooks, travel, and more.
How is NSCS different from other honor societies?

NSCS engages college students in the first and second year of school, while other honor societies invite students who are further along. NSCS also embodies diversity by embracing students of all academic disciplines.

NSCS offers more money in undergraduate scholarships than any other honor society, $1,000,000 annually. In addition, your membership is more than just an academic achievement or a line on a resume. Active chapters encourage members to participate in community service and provide them with professional and personal development opportunities.

What does NSCS do and why should I join?
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is not your average honors organization. We recognize academic achievement and provide opportunities for members to develop leadership skills. Members positively change their campuses and communities by participating in service activities as they prepare for future endeavors like internships, graduate school, and careers. Along the way, members often make valuable connections with fellow high-achieving students. This involvement can make college a more rewarding experience.
I missed my Induction Ceremony, what do I do now?

Please contact your Chapter Officers to set up a time to pick up your pin from them. There will be a second Chance Online Induction Ceremony in February (exact date – to be determined). You will find out more details about the Second Chance Induction via email.

If you’ve missed your Induction Ceremony, you now have a second chance to attend an online ceremony from the comfort of your own home. This ceremony will take place March 27, 2018, at 8 p.m. EST. To sign up to attend this ceremony, click here

What is the New Member Induction Ceremony?

New Member Induction Ceremonies for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars are one of the most exciting experiences for a new NSCS member! During the ceremony, new members will take the oath of membership and learn more about the organization, their chapter, and what it means to be an NSCS member. New members will be individually recognized for their academic achievement and welcomed into the Society by chapter officers, university officials/staff, and other honored guests.

Do I have to attend the New Member Induction Ceremony to officially become an NSCS member?

No. Although new members are highly encouraged to attend their Induction Ceremony, attendance is not required for membership. Once your membership fee is paid, you are an official member of NSCS for a lifetime. Please note that only members who attend their New Member Induction Ceremony will qualify to apply for the Induction Recognition Award.

If you’ve missed your Induction Ceremony, but would still like to attend, you now have a second chance to attend an online ceremony from the comfort of your own home. This ceremony will take place March 27, 2018, at 8 p.m. EST. To sign up to attend this ceremony, click here

Will I receive my NSCS Membership Diploma as well?

No. You will not receive your NSCS Diploma at your Induction Ceremony. After joining NSCS you should have received a Digital diploma to your preferred email address. If you chose to receive a paper diploma as well, it should have been mailed to your home address 6-8 weeks after joining the Society. If you did not receive your diploma, please contact us at nscs@nscs.org.

If you joined NSCS between March 2 – April 20, 2018, you will receive your diploma between May 15 – 31. If you joined NSCS after April 20 your diploma will be printed and shipped to you towards the end of June.

Members can update their shipping address when they log into their Membership Portal using the drop down menu under their name – “My Profile”. Please update your information as soon as possible.

I am a member or guest with special needs. Will I be accommodated?

Absolutely! Please contact your chapter officers and check the Facebook event page for specific questions/details.

How long does a New Member Induction Ceremony last?

On average, 1-2 hours.

Will food be served?

Please check with your chapter regarding these details.

Is there a dress code for this event?

Yes. Business casual attire is preferred. For men this means dress pants and a nice shirt. You may even want to wear a jacket and tie. For women this means a nice dress, nice skirt and blouse, or a nice pair of dress pants with a blouse and possibly a jacket.

How do I collect my pin if I am unable to attend my New Member Induction Ceremony?

Members who are unable to collect their membership pin at the Induction Ceremony should be able to receive this at the next general member meeting following the chapter’s New Member Induction Ceremony. Details will be sent via e-mail, so please ensure that your email address is current by editing your member profile at www.nscs.org.

What will I receive at my New Member Induction Ceremony?

You will receive an official NSCS membership pin, in addition to recognition for your academic achievements.

What time should I arrive to my New Member Induction Ceremony?

We recommend that guests arrive to check-in to their New Member Induction Ceremony 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Am I allowed to bring guests? If so, how many?
Yes, family and friends are welcomed to attend the ceremony. On average, two guests per new member are allowed, but this varies by chapter. Please check with your chapter officers regarding space accommodations.

FAQ

What happens when I join?
The National Office will send you a confirmation e-mail after your membership confirmation has been processed. After we confirm your membership, you’ll receive at your permanent address a membership diploma, information about benefits, and a press release for you to share with local media. Additionally, your NSCS chapter officers will contact you by email to let you know about NSCS activities and services on your campus.
Is this a legitimate organization?
Absolutely. NSCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1994 on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. We are a recognized student organization at more than 330 campuses across the country. We are an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. NSCS also belongs to the Association of College Honor Societies. ACHS is the only accrediting institution for college honor societies, so www.achsnatl.org is a good resource for those who question our legitimacy. ACHS has a website dedicated to determining if an honor society is legitimate, www.achsnatl.org/standards_alert.asp. Our bylaws and annual reports can be found at www.nscs.org/about/bylaws and http://www.nscs.org/about/annual-reports.
How do I get in touch with someone at NSCS?
Our mailing address is:

NSCS
2000 M St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-265-9000
nscs@nscs.org
www.facebook.com/nscs94
www.twitter.com/NSCS

Contact information for your chapter can be found in your invitation or by emailing us at nscs@nscs.org.

What support is available from the NSCS office?
NSCS has a small, full-time staff based in Washington, D.C., that communicates with chapter officers and visits chapter campuses as frequently as possible. These individuals have significant experience in higher education and are committed to promoting the overall development of students affiliated with NSCS. They can be reached Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm EST.

The NSCS store is currently undergoing a refurb and update with a new interface, member experience and products coming in January 2018. At this time we are only selling graduation gear to our 2017 grads. While we launch the new store, our National Office will help ship your orders on weekdays only (11/3/2017 – 12/15/2017). To purchase, (log into your portal and select NSCS Store/https://form.jotform.com/72545531453152 ). Members may keep your eye out for more information in a forthcoming issue of Scholar Connections.

I’m planning to transfer to a different school. What will happen with my membership?
Contact the NSCS national office at nscs@nscs.org to transfer your invitation or membership to a different chapter. If you’re an NSCS member who is transferring to a school without an active chapter, you can still access all your national benefits and attend events at a chapter near you. You can also contact the national office for more information about founding a new chapter.
Can I join NSCS even if there isn’t a chapter at my school?
Unfortunately, NSCS can only offer invitations to students who attend a school with an active chapter of NSCS. For more information about how to become a Founding Officer of a new chapter, contact nscs@nscs.org.
I’m interested in starting a chapter at my college or university. How do I do that?

The NSCS National Office can give you more information about how to found a chapter. Please contact nscs@nscs.org.

What does the Chapter Advisor do?

The Chapter Advisor assists and guides the officers and acts as the chapter’s liaison and advocate to the administration. He or she also plays an integral role in planning and executing the fall Induction Ceremony and the annual membership invitation season.

Why are all the contacts in the invitation letter students?

Each chapter of NSCS is a registered student organization, and all chapter officers are undergraduate students. Each chapter has a Chapter Advisor (an on-campus faculty member or administrator) who oversees the chapter.

What is the NSCS Leadership Summit?

The NSCS Leadership Summit is a gathering of NSCS members, officers, advisors, partners, employers, sponsors, speakers, and staff to meet and exchange ideas, inspiration, and practical information for college and far beyond. Participants will discover what it’s like to work in particular industries, get tips on writing resumes and cover letters, hear motivational speakers, and have fun.

The 2017 Leadership Summit will be entirely online, allowing easy access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Should I put my NSCS membership on a resume? Is it something people are going to recognize?

Yes, we encourage you to list your membership on your resume. NSCS has a nationwide network of partners, including universities, corporations, associations, and nonprofits. NSCS is well recognized among these and many other companies and institutions.

How is NSCS governed?

The Society is governed by a Board of Directors that includes business and education professionals and students from around the country who represent a host of disciplines. The Board sets the policy direction for the Society and is responsible for overseeing the fiscal and operational efficiency of NSCS. The day-to-day operations are overseen by NSCS’ CEO and Founder, Steve Loflin, who also serves as a member of the Board. Additional information can be found in our Bylaws.

How involved do I have to be?
Chapters plan activities like networking events, social gatherings, and community service projects. However, there is no minimum involvement requirement or time commitment for NSCS membership.
Do I have to attend the Induction Ceremony?

GENERAL FAQS

What happens when I join?

The National Office will send you a confirmation e-mail after your membership confirmation has been processed. After we confirm your membership, you’ll receive at your permanent address a membership diploma, information about benefits, and a press release for you to share with local media. Additionally, your NSCS chapter officers will contact you by email to let you know about NSCS activities and services on your campus.

Is this a legitimate organization?

Absolutely. NSCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1994 on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. We are a recognized student organization at more than 330 campuses across the country. We are an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. NSCS also belongs to the Association of College Honor Societies. ACHS is the only accrediting institution for college honor societies, so www.achsnatl.org is a good resource for those who question our legitimacy. ACHS has a website dedicated to determining if an honor society is legitimate, www.achsnatl.org/standards_alert.asp. Our bylaws and annual reports can be found at www.nscs.org/about/bylaws and http://www.nscs.org/about/annual-reports.

How do I get in touch with someone at NSCS?

Our mailing address is:

NSCS
2000 M St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-265-9000
nscs@nscs.org
www.facebook.com/nscs94
www.twitter.com/NSCS

Contact information for your chapter can be found in your invitation or by emailing us at nscs@nscs.org.

What support is available from the NSCS office?

NSCS has a small, full-time staff based in Washington, D.C., that communicates with chapter officers and visits chapter campuses as frequently as possible. These individuals have significant experience in higher education and are committed to promoting the overall development of students affiliated with NSCS. They can be reached Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm EST.

The NSCS store is currently undergoing a refurb and update with a new interface, member experience and products coming in January 2018. At this time we are only selling graduation gear to our 2017 grads. While we launch the new store, our National Office will help ship your orders on weekdays only (11/3/2017 – 12/15/2017). To purchase, (log into your portal and select NSCS Store/https://form.jotform.com/72545531453152 ). Members may keep your eye out for more information in a forthcoming issue of Scholar Connections.

I’m planning to transfer to a different school. What will happen with my membership?

Can I join NSCS even if there isn’t a chapter at my school?

Unfortunately, NSCS can only offer invitations to students who attend a school with an active chapter of NSCS. For more information about how to become a Founding Officer of a new chapter, contact nscs@nscs.org.

I’m interested in starting a chapter at my college or university. How do I do that?

The NSCS National Office can give you more information about how to found a chapter. Please contact nscs@nscs.org.

What does the Chapter Advisor do?

The Chapter Advisor assists and guides the officers and acts as the chapter’s liaison and advocate to the administration. He or she also plays an integral role in planning and executing the fall Induction Ceremony and the annual membership invitation season.

Why are all the contacts in the invitation letter students?

Each chapter of NSCS is a registered student organization, and all chapter officers are undergraduate students. Each chapter has a Chapter Advisor (an on-campus faculty member or administrator) who oversees the chapter.

What is the NSCS Leadership Summit?

The NSCS Leadership Summit is a gathering of NSCS members, officers, advisors, partners, employers, sponsors, speakers, and staff to meet and exchange ideas, inspiration, and practical information for college and far beyond. Participants will discover what it’s like to work in particular industries, get tips on writing resumes and cover letters, hear motivational speakers, and have fun.

The 2017 Leadership Summit will be entirely online, allowing easy access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Should I put my NSCS membership on a resume? Is it something people are going to recognize?

Yes, we encourage you to list your membership on your resume. NSCS has a nationwide network of partners, including universities, corporations, associations, and nonprofits. NSCS is well recognized among these and many other companies and institutions.

How is NSCS governed?

The Society is governed by a Board of Directors that includes business and education professionals and students from around the country who represent a host of disciplines. The Board sets the policy direction for the Society and is responsible for overseeing the fiscal and operational efficiency of NSCS. The day-to-day operations are overseen by NSCS’ CEO and Founder, Steve Loflin, who also serves as a member of the Board. Additional information can be found in our Bylaws.

How involved do I have to be?

Chapters plan activities like networking events, social gatherings, and community service projects. However, there is no minimum involvement requirement or time commitment for NSCS membership.

Do I have to attend the Induction Ceremony?

Attending the Induction Ceremony is not required, but it’s a great way to meet fellow NSCS members and learn about the advantages of NSCS membership.

What is the Induction Ceremony?
The Induction Ceremony is a public event that formally recognizes NSCS’ newest members. New members will receive an NSCS pin, meet their chapter officers, and learn more about opportunities in the chapter. Each Induction Ceremony is different, but many have a Distinguished Member or keynote speaker. Family and guests are welcome to attend the one-hour ceremony, and attire is business casual. As always, check with your chapter officers to confirm the details of the event, as each chapter adds their own unique touches to the event.
What is the press release I received (or will be receiving)?

A press release is a written, formal announcement of your membership. We encourage you to distribute the release to your local newspaper, newsletter, or bulletin. Included with the release are instructions for distribution.

What happens when I join?

The National Office will send you a confirmation e-mail after your membership confirmation has been processed. About four weeks after we confirm your membership, you’ll receive at your permanent address a membership diploma, information about benefits, and a press release for you to share with local media. Additionally, your NSCS chapter officers will contact you by email to let you know about NSCS activities and services on your campus.

How many chapters are there?

We have chapters at more than 330 colleges and universities nationwide, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Is NSCS only for freshmen and sophomores? Is it just for undergrads?
Students are invited to join in their first or second year of college. However, once you become a member, you’re always a member. Members of all class standings are encouraged to be involved in their chapter; they can take advantage of NSCS’ benefits throughout their college career and even after graduation.
What kinds of scholarships does NSCS have?
NSCS understands how difficult it can be to fund an education, so we’ve made offering scholarships to our members a high priority. These include Merit Award scholarships, Study Abroad scholarships, graduate-study scholarships, several program-specific scholarships, and much more.
What if my GPA drops below a 3.4?
Since all NSCS members met our academic criteria, we will never revoke someone’s membership. If a student’s GPA were to drop during a challenging semester, we hope the student would use NSCS’ resources to improve future grades. However, a low GPA may affect scholarship eligibility for some of our scholarships, most of which require a GPA of at least 3.4.
How is the membership fee used?

The membership fee is used to provide a variety of benefits and services to members. These include funding for chapter activities, a personalized diploma, a chapter Induction Ceremony, networking and career resources, scholarships, awards, programs, and events. The fee also helps offset NSCS’ administrative costs. NSCS is a 501(c)3, a nonprofit organization, so all income is used for the development and operation of the Society.

What is the membership fee?
The fee for a lifetime membership is $95. This one-time fee grants members access to NSCS resources and services. There are neither chapter nor annual dues.
How was I nominated? How many others from my school were invited?
NSCS works with the appropriate office at each school to identify eligible students for NSCS membership. Because populations vary from school to school, the number of invited students isn’t constant across campuses.
How do I join?
If you meet the GPA and ranking requirements, and you attend one of the more than 330 colleges where there is an NSCS chapter, you’ll receive an invitation to join during your first or second year. If you fit these criteria but do not attend a college with an existing chapter, you can email nscs@nscs.org for more information about how to found a new chapter.
What are the criteria for admittance?
We invite first- and second-year college students who have a GPA of 3.4 or higher. This puts them in the top 20% of students nationally. To receive an invitation to join NSCS, students must attend a college or university where there is an active chapter of NSCS.
What are some specific benefits?
In addition to recognition, networking, career resources, leadership development, community service, and mentoring opportunities, members can apply for exclusive scholarships and awards, attend special NSCS programs throughout the country, have access to a variety of career development tools others must pay for, and are often courted by recruiters for major employers. In addition, NSCS works to get its members discounts and deals on the things they’ll need most, like car insurance, textbooks, travel, and more.
How is NSCS different from other honor societies?

NSCS engages college students in the first and second year of school, while other honor societies invite students who are further along. NSCS also embodies diversity by embracing students of all academic disciplines.

NSCS offers more money in undergraduate scholarships than any other honor society, $1,000,000 annually. In addition, your membership is more than just an academic achievement or a line on a resume. Active chapters encourage members to participate in community service and provide them with professional and personal development opportunities.

What does NSCS do and why should I join?
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is not your average honors organization. We recognize academic achievement and provide opportunities for members to develop leadership skills. Members positively change their campuses and communities by participating in service activities as they prepare for future endeavors like internships, graduate school, and careers. Along the way, members often make valuable connections with fellow high-achieving students. This involvement can make college a more rewarding experience.

Application FAQ

What are some application tips?
Start Early

A great scholarship essay is not written overnight! Start early and allow time to submit additional documentation like letters of recommendation.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

You want your scholarship essay to stand out for its great content, not the grammatical errors. Ask a parent, friend, or professor to proofread your application before submitting it.

Personalize the Response

Don’t make your essay a resume. Use the opportunity to share something about who you are, which is far more memorable.

Build on your Accomplishments

Remember that you are competing a similar pool of applicants. Use the essay question as a way to prove to the scholarship committee that you are the worthiest applicant for the award.

How will I know if I’m selected as a recipient?

All applicants, recipients and non-recipients, will be notified of their status within 8 weeks of the closing date.

When do scholarships open? Close?

We are constantly adding new scholarships, so make sure to check the scholarship page often, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, too! Generally our scholarships are open for two months, but don’t wait until the last minute to apply!

What are the eligibility requirements to apply?

We have three main eligibility requirements for our scholarships:

  1. You must be an NSCS member (current or alumni)
  2. You must have at least a 3.4 GPA (if undergrad)
  3. You must complete/update your Member Profile. Go to My Profile to update yours.
How do I apply for scholarships?
  1. It’s simple! Log in to the member portal at https://my.nscs.org/. Your username is usually your email address. If you don’t know your password, use the reset password link.
  2. After you log in, click the Scholarships tab.
  3. Find your scholarship — and note the deadline!
  4. Submit your application online.
  5. An updated Member Profile is one of the scholarship requirements. Go to My Profile to update yours.

Induction FAQ

I missed my Induction Ceremony, what do I do now?

Please contact your Chapter Officers to set up a time to pick up your pin from them. There will be a second Chance Online Induction Ceremony in February (exact date – to be determined). You will find out more details about the Second Chance Induction via email.

What is the New Member Induction Ceremony?

New Member Induction Ceremonies for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars are one of the most exciting experiences for a new NSCS member! During the ceremony, new members will take the oath of membership and learn more about the organization, their chapter, and what it means to be an NSCS member. New members will be individually recognized for their academic achievement and welcomed into the Society by chapter officers, university officials/staff, and other honored guests.

Do I have to attend the New Member Induction Ceremony to officially become an NSCS member?

No. Although new members are highly encouraged to attend their Induction Ceremony, attendance is not required for membership. Once your membership fee is paid, you are an official member of NSCS for a lifetime. Please note that only members who attend their New Member Induction Ceremony will qualify to apply for the Induction Recognition Award.

Will I receive my NSCS Membership Diploma as well?

No. NSCS Membership Diplomas should have been mailed to your home address 6-8 weeks after joining the Society. If you did not receive your diploma, please contact us at nscs@nscs.org.

If you joined NSCS between September 25 – November 6, 2017 you will receive your diploma between November 15 – 30. If you  join between November 7 – December 14, 2017, you will receive your diploma between December 21- January 5, 2018.

Members can update their shipping address when they log into their Membership Portal using the drop down menu under their name – “My Profile”. Please update your information as soon as possible.

I am a member or guest with special needs. Will I be accommodated?

Absolutely! Please contact your chapter officers and check the Facebook event page for specific questions/details.

How long does a New Member Induction Ceremony last?

On average, 1-2 hours.

Will food be served?

Please check with your chapter regarding these details.

Is there a dress code for this event?

Yes. Business casual attire is preferred. For men this means dress pants and a nice shirt. You may even want to wear a jacket and tie. For women this means a nice dress, nice skirt and blouse, or a nice pair of dress pants with a blouse and possibly a jacket.

How do I collect my pin if I am unable to attend my New Member Induction Ceremony?

Members who are unable to collect their membership pin at the Induction Ceremony should be able to receive this at the next general member meeting following the chapter’s New Member Induction Ceremony. Details will be sent via e-mail, so please ensure that your email address is current by editing your member profile at www.nscs.org.

What will I receive at my New Member Induction Ceremony?

You will receive an official NSCS membership pin, in addition to recognition for your academic achievements.

What time should I arrive to my New Member Induction Ceremony?

We recommend that guests arrive to check-in to their New Member Induction Ceremony 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Am I allowed to bring guests? If so, how many?
Yes, family and friends are welcomed to attend the ceremony. On average, two guests per new member are allowed, but this varies by chapter. Please check with your chapter officers regarding space accommodations.

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NSCS Scholarships 

Scholar Abroad Fall Scholarship

Open

Offers scholarship funding to help expand our members’ international and cultural knowledge. Two (2) $2,500 scholarships are awarded to members studying abroad during the fall term.

Scholarship Closes:  7/5/2018

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Active Minds Mental Health Advocate Award

Open

In partnership with Active Minds, NSCS will award (1) $2,750 scholarship to an NSCS member this summer. Active Minds is the nation’s premiere nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. NSCS and Active Minds encourages our applicants to promote mental wellness, combat mental health stigma, and organize mental health programs and advocacy efforts on their campus.

Scholarship Closes:  7/31/2018

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Summer Scholar Award

Opening 2018-2019

The classroom is not your ideal summer destination, but enrolling in summer classes can help you get ahead academically and financially.  NSCS is offering the Summer Scholar Award to assist students with tuition expenses.  One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded for summer 2018.

 

Class of 2018 Senior Award

Opening 2018-2019

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars created the Class of 2018 Senior Award to congratulate and recognize graduating seniors for their contribution to NSCS. Graduation marks the end of their NSCS membership on campus. However, it also reminds the graduating seniors of the on-going networks and opportunities that NSCS provides as a lifetime member.

NSCS will award (15) $1,000 professional development awards to graduating seniors.

 

Summer Internship Award

Opening 2018- 2019

In today’s competitive world, an internship is a requirement to secure jobs at the best companies.  NSCS will be awarding a $2,500 scholarship to an NSCS member who has secured an internship for the summer of 2018.   The award will help to offset expenses incurred during the internship.

NSCS-Absolute Internship Scholarship

Opening 2018- 2019

Absolute Internship is an exclusive partner to The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and an award-winning organization that helps place college students with great internship opportunities in exciting cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Shanghai and Singapore. You can choose to intern in Business, Engineering, Fashion, Marketing, Non-Profits, Public Relations or any other industry. Absolute Internship has connections with over 600 companies around the world. As part of the program you’re not only guaranteed an internship, but you live with other college students from all around the world and benefit from housing, visa processing, transport and other fun things while you’re building your resume and seeing the world!

Absolute Internship is offering one NSCS member a $1,500 scholarship to be used for Summer 2018.   Click here to apply and make sure to use the promo code NSCS to be considered for the scholarship.

NSCS-Hult Scholarship

Open
Alumni Eligible

As an NSCS member, we recognize that you’re the type of person who strives to continuously improve and excel in your career.  For this reason, we want to make sure you’re aware of the exclusive NSCS-Hult Scholarship of $5,000available just for NSCS members.

Hult is known as the global business school for the next generation of leaders.  Their Global One-Year MBA & Masters degree programs allow students to study at up to 3 of their campuses across the globe during the accelerated, one-year graduate program.

The deadline to apply for this round of the NSCS-Hult Scholarship is Sunday, July 2nd.  If you complete your application by the July deadline, you’ll be considered for the scholarship upon acceptance to the program.  One recipient will be chosen per deadline, so it is in your best interest to apply early to increase your chances of receiving the scholarship.  The scholarship is only available for Hult graduate (Masters & MBA) programs.

Click the apply button below to login to the member portal for more information.

Scholarship Closes: 07/2/2018

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Scholar Abroad Spring Scholarship

Opening Soon

Studying abroad has become more than just a way to learn a language. Modern studies suggest college students need more international and cultural knowledge to successfully adapt to society post-college: having an international background is an important tool socially, professionally and educationally. NSCS offers scholarship funding to help expand our members’ horizons.

Two (2) $2,500 scholarships are awarded to members studying abroad during the spring semester or summer.

The Brandon Huseman Legacy Award for Founding Officers

Open 

NSCS is proud to announce the Brandon Huseman Legacy Award for Founding Officers. NSCS will award (2) $2,500 scholarships to founding officers who through hard work, dedication and service have furthered the NSCS mission by starting a chapter at his or her school.

Brandon Huseman embodied everything we strive for at NSCS. He served as an active member of the Purdue University chapter, the National Leadership Council and his community while working very hard to pursue his engineering degree. Brandon left a legacy of service and achievement which motivates us all to do the same as NSCS members.

Scholarship Closes:  7/30/2018

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Princeton Review Scholarships

Open - Ongoing

NSCS has partnered with The Princeton Review to offer NSCS members exclusive course scholarships.

George Washington University and NSCS Transfer Scholarship

Open 

George Washington University has partnered with NSCS to provide $20,000 over two years to outstanding community college members who transfer from an NSCS community college to GWU. Members must be accepted and enrolled for fall 2018. Some specific degree programs may not be eligible for this scholarship.

For more info: email castillo@nscs.org.

Debt Reduction Award (Formerly NerdWallet PayDown Your Debt Award)

Opening 2018-2019

With two-thirds of college seniors graduating with student loan debt, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is proud to​ provide (4) $2,500 awards to recent NSCS graduates and alumni who are carrying on the mission of the organization!

 

 

NSCS New Member Award

Open

Each year NSCS awards (50) $1,000 scholarships to outstanding new members across the country to help defray the cost of tuition expenses.

Scholarship Closes:  8/2/2018

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GEICO Award

Opening 2018-2019

NSCS has partnered with GEICO to award $25,000 in scholarships to talented, motivated NSCS members.

 

GEICO Graduate Award

Opening 2018- 2019
Alumni Eligible

In partnership with GEICO, NSCS will be awarding five (5) $5,000 Graduate School Scholarships to deserving, talented, and motivated NSCS members who have been accepted into a graduate program or are already in a graduate studies program. Graduate studies include programs awarding masters, doctoral and professional level degrees pursued after completing an undergraduate program.

Board of Directors Award

Opening in 2018- 2019 

The NSCS Board of Directors has created and funded the Board of Directors Award to recognize outstanding NSCS members who have distinguished themselves through involvement, enthusiasm and support for NSCS.

Community College Transition Award

Opening 2018-2019

NSCS awards $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding community college students who are transferring into a 4-year institution.

 

Semester at Sea Fall Award

Opening 2018-2019

NSCS offers $35,000 in scholarships for students who take the fall voyage aboard Semester at Sea.

 

The NSCS Award for Education Excellence

Opening 2018-2019

NSCS will award $5,000 in scholarships to members who are education majors and/or are involved in mentoring youth.

 

First in the Family Scholarship

Opening 2018- 2019

NSCS is committed to supporting you on your journey to be the first in your family to complete your college degree.

Through the First in the Family Scholarship, NSCS will award outstanding First-Generation students with $5,000 scholarships to help with tuition needs.

The Amy Shopkorn Student Affairs Award

Opening 2018-2019
Alumni Eligible

The student experience on-campus is essential to the success and impact of the overall collegiate experience at an institution. The Amy Shopkorn Student Affairs Award was created in honor of NSCS former employee Amy Shopkorn.

Amy has created a positive impact on campus life as a collegian and in her professional career; to honor her dedication and passion for higher education NSCS will grant five (5) $1,000 awards to NSCS members who are planning to/or currently pursuing a graduate degree in student affairs.

 

NLC Award

Opening 2018- 2019

The National Leadership Council (NLC) is a NSCS student advisory board comprised of NSCS members who are chosen based on their dedication, service, and commitment to NSCS. Leadership, academic excellence, and community involvement are other strong traits that each NLC member must exhibit and continue to demonstrate throughout their term.

Each year, the NLC creates a scholarship to honor members who share that same commitment and passion. One $2,000 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.  Both traditional essay submissions and creative video submissions such as: video narrated PowerPoint, or photo essay formats will be accepted.

Jim Duncan Award for Perseverance

Opening 2018-2019

A scholarship for a member who has triumphed over adversity, this award is in recognition of James C. Duncan, an NSCS member and former employee.

 

E-Scholar Award

Opening 2018- 2019

Each year, NSCS awards two $2,000 scholarships to outstanding NSCS members who attend one of our online universities. Applicants are selected based on how they show commitment and passion to leadership, academic excellence and community involvement.

 

Induction Recognition Award-Spring

Opening 2018-2019

In our continuous commitment to reward students who exemplify leadership and excellence through their academic achievement, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is proud to offer the Induction Recognition Award for new NSCS members who are planning to be active participants in their chapters.

Students will answer questions describing how their NSCS chapter can be more effective on campus, and help contribute to the college experience of NSCS members.

You must attend your Induction Ceremony to be eligible to apply for this award.

 

Inspire Integrity Award

Opening 2018- 2019

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ Inspire Integrity Awards are the only national student-nominated faculty and administration awards program. These awards are presented to full-time university faculty and administration who have, through their lessons and actions, made a significant impact on the lives of their students and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity. If your nominee is selected, you will receive a scholarship as well.

Make a difference on your campus by nominating a faculty or administration member who has inspired integrity in you and your classmates!

Semester at Sea Spring Award

Opening 2018- 2019

For over 50 years, the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) has offered students a unique view of the world aboard a floating university. This is a once in a lifetime educational opportunity where you will develop an appreciation of cultural diversity. NSCS is proud to partner with ISE to offer $60,000 in scholarships throughout the year.

For the Spring Semester Voyage, two NSCS members will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship and three NSCS members will be awarded a $5,000 towards their Semester at Sea tuition.

Scholarship Eligibility
- Must be an NSCS Member
- Must plan to participate in the Spring Semester at Sea voyage

Engaging Race Award

Opening Soon

A great idea can come from anyone. But do you have what it takes to make your idea happen? Are you ready for some friendly competition? Apply for The Engaging Race!

NSCS members can compete for scholarships to help make a difference through their own original service initiative. NSCS will select the top five applicants to fund their initiatives. Here’s your chance to compete and prove your idea is better than the rest! If your idea is selected, you will receive $1,000 scholarship and another $1,000 in funding to take your service initiative to the next level!

 

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The NSCS national office:
2000 M Street NW Suite 600
Washington DC 20036

Email: nscs@nscs.org

Phone: 202.265.9000

Fax: 202.265.9200