The Illinois State University chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) was awarded Silver STAR status at the NSCS 2011 Convention this summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honors organization for high-achieving students. STAR awards are given to chapters based upon the success of areas such as community service, member engagement and on-campus involvement.
The Illinois State chapter works with the local Kingsley Junior High School in Normal as part of the NSCS initiative Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (PACE), a mentoring program for middle and high school students. The group is also active with smaller community service projects with area nursing homes.
“This award really motivates us to do more,” said NSCS Chapter President Gabi Radanova, a sophomore double majoring in international business and finance. “This is an example of how ISU students are connecting to the community.”
NSCS chapters can attain one of four STAR status levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level is determined based on the quantity and quality of events a chapter held the previous year, according to Janine Deegan of NSCS.
The award also carries a $100 chapter scholarship to be used toward the funding of chapter programs and events for the 2011-2012 academic year.
NSCS has more than 300 student-run collegiate chapters across the country. The Illinois State University NSCS chapter was founded in 2000.