About NSCS

A Brief History

The first NSCS chapter was founded in 1994 at The George Washingtion University in Washington D.C., with the expressed mission "to honor and inspire academic excellence and engaged citizenship for a lifetime." Since then, the Society has grown to more than 350,000 lifetime members at 205 colleges and universities around the country. NSCS, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies is the only national honors organization that exclusively invites college freshmen and sophomores. The Society is designed to recognize outstanding academic accomplishment and to assist students in achieving their career objectives. We encourage members to become involved in community service and leadership activities throughout their college experience and network with other NSCS members an alumni. Membership is by invitation only and offers a lifetime of opportunities. And lest you to think all we do is study and work, membership also means meeting great new friends and having a lot of fun!

Mission Statement

NSCS was established on the principle that with scholarship comes a responsibility to obtain leadership and a duty to perform service. To this end, the Society:

  • Recognizes and celebrates high achievement among first and second year college students in all academic disciplines;
  • Encourages and promotes high standards throughout the collegiate experience;
  • Provides opportunities for personal growth and leadership development;
  • Organizes and encourages learning opportunities through community service;
  • Fosters an overall appreciation for the value of higher education


The symbol of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an open book, with a torch rising from its pages, capped with three stars and surrounded by a laurel:

The book symbolizes the endless pursuit of knowledge. As a scholar, always strive for excellence in your education and in your life.

The torch serves as the ability of each of us to serve as a guiding light for others and the ability of education to enlighten the world. As a leader , always seek to expand opportunities for yourself and for others.

The stars represent the three pillars upon which the Society was founded: scholarship, leadership, service. From scholarship we develop leadership , which in turn gives us the opportunity to serve. As a servant, always use your talents to bring joy to yourself and others.

The laurel is an ancient symbol of distinction and serves to remind us that we are a part of a long and noble tradition of distinguished leaders. As an engaged citizen, uphold your place in history by living up to the honor bestowed upon you.

NSCS at Utah State University

Our chapter here at Utah State University was founded in 2000 and has over 700 members. You have joined a national movement of undergraduates and alumni who are leading, serving, and making a difference in this community and around the world.