"Scholarship" is one of the core values of NSCS. To recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of its members, NSCS helps members enhance their education by offering multiple scholarships to defray the costs of education.

NSCS currently offers the following scholarship programs, but is always increasing their scholarship opportunities--be sure the check the National site ( often for updates.


Each year NSCS awards 50 Merit Awards to outstanding new members around the country. This prestigious award includes a $1,000 scholarship to help defray the cost of education. Merit Award recipients are selected based on how they exemplify the three pillars of the Society: Scholarship, Leadership, Service. Applications are available to NEW members from February 15 to July 1.


The Scholar Abroad scholarship program funds two $5,000 awards and one $2,500 award each year. In order to assist students with their study-abroad experience, one scholarship is awarded each fall, spring, and summer term. Applications for the scholarship should be made on-line and submitted to NSCS by the designated deadline date as listed on-line. Applications are available according to the beginning date of your program. Check the for application deadlines.


NSCS is pleased to partner with the Semester at Sea program in offering the Scholar at Sea scholarhip. The University of Pittsburgh is the academic sponsor of the program that grants academic credit from more than 70 courses. This partial scholarship will allow students to realize their goal of sailing to approximately eleven countries while studying in an on-ship classroom setting. A $7,000 scholarship is provided each fall and spring semester and five $2,000 scholarships are awarded for the summer session. Check for application deadlines.


Two $1,000 NSCS Graduate Scholarships are given to deserving, talented, and movtivated NSCS members who have been accepted into their graduate program and institution of choice and will begin their graduate and/or PhD studies during the next academic year. Applications are available on-line from January 22 to May 1.


National Leadership Council

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars offers leadership opportunities to students within the governance of the Society. One of these opportunities, the National Leadership Council, consists of current undergraduate students who are members of the Society and are elected by their peers to help the Board of Directors set the policies for NSCS.

For more details on the NLC please visit the National site.

Scholar Ambassador Experience

The Scholar Ambassador Experience is a dynamic, one-year opportunity that invites past NSCS officers and NLC members to apply for a full-time position on the NSCS staff after graduation. Scholar Ambassadors work with multiple NSCS departments providing support for chapters within a designated region, engaging members in the NSCS programs, and contributing to the success of the new member invitation process. Scholar Ambassadors also will complete a legacy project by creating a new initiative or process within NSCS that will be maintained beyond the Ambassador's one-year term. All of this is done under the backdrop of Washington D.C., in which a shared living environment is combined with opportunities for personal and professional development.