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Honoring Academic Excellence: The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

RADFORD -- At first glance, Saturday’s ceremony in Muse Banquet Hall may have looked like any other honor society induction often conducted on campus. Yet, as you listen to the students talk to each other and to their guests, you realize there is something very different about this group. Most of them are in their first two years of study and they represent a vast cross-section of the 69 undergraduate programs on the Radford University campus. The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is the only national interdisciplinary honors organization to invite first-and second-year college students.

Membership into NSCS is by invitation only and is based on a student’s GPA and class standing. All invitees must be in the top 20 percent of their class. This year, about 130 students were invited to join the Radford University Chapter of NSCS and about half of those were able to participate in Saturday’s ceremony, according to Yassi Farzaneh, president of the Radford University chapter of NSCS. In total, RU has over 450 current students who have earned membership in NSCS.

Lauren Kovacic (left) and Cheyenne Belcher are inducted as members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

“I think the diversity of our membership is one of our most special qualities,” said Farzaneh. “Being a member of NSCS means you get to meet so many different people from so many different backgrounds.”

Yet, for all their differences, these students all embrace high standards of performance for their academic work and all they undertake.

“I want to be the best nurse I can possibly be, and my education is the foundation for the high-quality care I will someday give my patients,” said Lauren Kovacic, a nursing student from Oak Hill, Va.

The superior academic performance of Kovacic and the other students inducted on Saturday was praised by President Penelope W. Kyle, who was chosen by the society as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

“Today is not only a high-point for you and your family, but for the university,” said Kyle. “You add another important piece of the fabric that makes Radford University the successful institution it is today.”

Founded in 1994 at George Washington University, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. NSCS offers members exclusive access to scholarships, career resources, leadership, and networking opportunities. NSCS has more than 750,000 members and more than 270 chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

September 23, 2010
Christy Jackson; 540-831-7745

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