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What can be said about the National Society of Collegiate Scholars?

Asked by whiteliondreams (1698 points ) July 26th, 2012

I just received an email from my school inviting me to join NSCS. I went to the website and I understand the basis of it’s intent, which is to “recognize and elevate high achievers”, but what else is known of this organization? Is it something that I can count on or do good with? Ins and outs if available.

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augustlan's avatar

If there is a fee involved, don’t do it. There are a lot of shady organizations out there that basically ask you to pay so your name can be included on a list or in a book.

gailcalled's avatar

Not much. It is a commercial organization and thus designed to make money.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Here’s the Wiki Page for NSCS. I was nominated for an honor society in college in my major. Still a member.

Ponderer983's avatar

I was a NSCS member in college. Can’t say it did much but bolster my resume. Although once I was out there is some networking that they do which is beneficial.

Bellatrix's avatar

I was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society and took it up. Really though, I can’t see that it has ever given me any benefit. I probably don’t use it properly and take advantage of any benefits. Do some research and see if you can connect in with more members and find out how they use it and if they feel it is valuable to them. The potential for networking @Ponderer983 mentions can be very valuable in some disciplines/situations.

whiteliondreams's avatar

Thank you @Bellatrix & @Ponderer98, do either of you know whether being in one organization restricts being in another?

Bellatrix's avatar

I wouldn’t think so. I think the National Society of Collegiate Scholars is affiliated with the Golden Key International Honour Society. If you can see benefits for belonging to both and can and will take advantage of any networking/mentoring opportunities go for it. I suspect the value of these things largely comes down to how proactively you use the opportunities they present. I didn’t do that. Perhaps ask other people at your own university too. Do you have a Student Union or something like that? They may know more about the local chapter and how effective and active they are.

whiteliondreams's avatar

Thanks. I will inquire.

RFailla's avatar

whiteliondreams -

My name is Richard Failla and I’m one of several Member Engagement Managers at NSCS.

I wanted to clarify a few points that were mentioned:

a) NSCS is a registered 501c3 non-profit and is not a commercial organization

b) NSCS is registered and accredited by ACHS (http://www.achsnatl.org), the governing body that oversees and verifies legitimate honor societies

c) Besides belonging to ACHS, NSCS is not affiliated with Golden Key International Honor Society and you are able to join both, should you meet the eligibility requirements of each

Rather than detailing the myriad benefits NSCS offers, it’s my experience that speaking to someone over the phone is generally preferable.

Feel free to call or email me anytime with any questions you have; let me know what school you attend and I can put you in touch with the ME representative that directly oversees your chapter (if that’s not me).

Thanks!

Richard

202.375.5117 / failla@nscs.org

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