The first two years of college are an important time for students seeking scholarship opportunities to transfer to a four-year university. Along with Phi Theta Kappa, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) at Richland offers students the opportunity to get the essential skills they will need to be successful.
NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies that recognizes and promotes academic high achievers at more than 300 two-year colleges and four-year universities across the country.
NSCS has chapters at many Texas schools including Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Rice University, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas and Texas A&M.
The Richland NSCS chapter began in the spring of 2015. Membership invitations are sent out every semester to first and second-year college students who have at least a 3.4 grade point average (GPA). Qualified students who have not received a membership invitation can nominate themselves at http://www.nscs.org/self-nomination/
A $95 membership fee is also required. This one-time fee grants members access to NSCS resources and services for life.
“I told students if it’s not a financial hardship, it’s a good idea to go ahead and join because that one-time membership fee opens the door to all the NSCS scholarships that are available,” said Kathleen Stephens, Richland honors program cordinator andNSCS adviser.
The honors organization also provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and scholarship opportunities for its members. Annually, NSCS offers $1 million in undergraduate scholarships, more than any other honor society.
NSCS offers student scholarships of different amounts to be determined by the school the student plans to attend. Members of NSCS must apply for scholarships at two-year and four-year schools. Scholarships do not automatically transfer as students continue at higher academic institutions.
“There are many scholarships available and many Richland students win them, not only for the two-year, but also for the four-year,” said Stephens.
NSCS participation does not only focus on academic achievement. Students with community service credits as well as personal and professional development experience are also eligible. According to Stephens, the NSCS chapter at Richland has created many leadership roles and service learning opportunities for students wanting to gain leadership skills through participation.
“For students who are looking to add service projects or community involvement to their résumé, NSCS is good for that,” said Stephens.
Members of NSCS can still join other honor societies to increase their opportunities for scholarships. It’s all about benefits. For more information about NSCS, visit the organization’s website at http://www.nscs.org/ or contact Stephens.