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OHIO chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars earns gold star status

Ohio University’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has received the Gold Star Award. 

As part of the award, the chapter received a $250 scholarship and letter to President M. Duane Nellis commemorating its Gold Star status. 

“Ohio University’s mission centers on educating and empowering students to be leaders in their communities, and student organizations like OHIO’s chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars play an important part in that mission,” President Nellis said. “I’m proud of our chapter’s members who exemplify what it means to be a Bobcat as they excel academically and contribute to their campus and community in meaningful ways.” 

To attain Gold Star status, chapters are required to hold an induction ceremony for new members, create a student mentoring program, create an on-campus membership recruitment campaign and engage a campus office in a chapter event.

The organization’s OHIO chapter was founded in 2013 and now has more than 300 members who are actively involved in chapter functions, as well as the campus and Athens communities.

“To start off each year, we host a New Member Induction Ceremony where we formally welcome all the new members in to the group, give each member their NSCS pins, and then follow the ceremony with an event where new, current, and executive board members, as well as any friends and family that may have attended Induction, can mingle, get to know each other, and ask any questions,” said Savannah McKenna, chapter president. 

One of the chapter’s key programs, Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (PACE), focuses on helping underprivileged youth in the Athens area.  

“Last year, we partnered with Kids on Campus, and each week groups would volunteer at Trimble Middle School during an after-school program,” McKenna said. “During this time, each member was able to work with one individual or a small group of individuals and help them with homework, assignments, or topics they might need assistance with. We also participated in and helped organize events the program put on, such as a talent show, various nature projects, or fun days filled with different activities. Our biggest goal was to get to know the students we worked with and cater to them individually to help them succeed and get excited to continue their education.” 

Members are also involved in community events like Athens Beautification Day, Relay for Life and OHIO’s family weekends. 

“For me, NSCS has become such a large part of my time at Ohio University,” McKenna said. “I love that we stay involved in the community and around campus and are able to do such a wide range of activities year-round. With students from all fields of study, NSCS is a great group for making friends, meeting new people, and building relationships. Being a national society, it is also a great way to build connections and correspond and collaborate with other universities across the United States. In everything that we do, we aim to uphold the NSCS pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service, and I am greatly looking forward to continuing doing so this year with all the new members.”

NSCS, an honors organization for high-achieving first- and second- year students, has more than 300 student-run chapters at universities across the country. Students are eligible based on grade point average and class standing, can become members by invitation only and are offered exclusive access to scholarships, career resources and leadership and networking opportunities.