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National Society of Collegiate Scholars

mdparentmdparent Posts: 30Registered User New Member
edited February 2013 in Parents Forum
My college freshmen daughter just got "nominated" for this group. Does anyone have any idea what this is? I'm wary since they want her to pay $75 for the privilege of becoming a member.
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  • optimizerdadoptimizerdad Posts: 774Registered User Member
    MDparent:
    Normally, I'd be wary about any group that asks for steep admission fees. However, a quick internet search for 'National Society of Collegiate Scholars' seemed to turn up chapters on the campuses of several well-known universities, including Dartmouth, Cornell, UC Berkeley (to name just a few). There was one hit that seems to think NSCS is a scam - do a search on 'scam Collegiate Scholars'.

    This one's a tough call. Just what advantages do they claim membership offers?
  • eadadeadad Posts: 2,759Registered User Senior Member
    My son received an invitiation/nomination as well last week and he emailed me a link to the organization with the same questions about scam vs real organization with real benefits. He also said that none of his friends had gotten one.

    On Saturday we received a packet with a letter informing us of his "nomination" from his school's Chapter President and a copy of the letter he received as well as on campus contacts and representatives including Department Chairs,faculty and current student members. It sure looks legitimate. Board members include Maya Angelou and the former presidents of Princeton and Dartmouth among many other notables.

    I am still investigating things as well. If anyone else knows anything more we would certainly appreciate the input.
  • nedadnedad Posts: 487Registered User Member
    It's not exactly a "scam," but it's like the Who's Who Among American HS Students -- there is no honor or prestige whatsoever attached. None. If these two organizations were scams they'd be shut down for not giving out the token scholarships, etc. so "scam" isn't the word. It's just a way to make money based on appealing to the ego.

    The real honor society is Phi Beta Kappa.
  • michunclemichuncle Posts: 630Registered User Junior Member
    There was an old thread in the "Parents" archive section of CC about this organization. Go to the archive section and do a search on "National Society of Collegiate Scholars".

    While the organization has a lot of chapters across the country, it remains unclear about what value it has for its participants. After doing some internet searches, it seems the organization spent a great deal of money on its' recruitment efforts (i.e. marketing and mass mailings).

    Be carefull before sending out any money...
  • thumper1thumper1 Posts: 35,582Registered User Senior Member
    DS has been nominated for this two years running. Rather than spend the $50 to join (a waste of money), we just kept the letters. The "honor" is less than an honor. Some schools have active chapters but if your kid isn't going to do anything with the chapter you are wasting your money (in my opinion).
  • jenwatjenwat Posts: 5Registered User New Member
    Hi,

    I am a current alumni member and I was a chapter officer for my chapter of NSCS. I can tell you from personal experience that NSCS is a legitimate organization that is well worth the membership dues.

    I belong to four honor societies on my campus. NSCS was the first that I joined because they honor freshman and sophomores who maintain thir GPA. Of all of the honor societies that I joined, NSCS is THE SINGLE MOST active organization.

    First, let me make it clear that it is up to your son our daughter how much they want to use NSCS. NSCS doesn't require members to complete a certain amount of activities. Instead, they provide and the members take advantage of what they want to. Each chapter gets a certain cut of the dues that new members turn in each year and it is dispersed two times per year so that chapters can budget. With that money chapters plan and implement the induction ceremony, socials, community service events, academic development events, leadership activities, and whatever else members want. The rest of the dues is used towards national scholarships, chapter grants, leadership summits, regional conferences, etc. ALL of which bennefits the members.

    Chapters have meetings (most chapters meet once or twice per month) with members. During these meetings, members have the chance to network with other students and faculty from their school. They learn about what their chapter is doing that moth (again service, socials, leadership, academic stuff, etc) and they give ideas of what they want to see from the chapter. They also learn what the national office (located in Washington DC) has to offer them.

    The national office offers TONS of scholarships that members apply for online. They offer study abroad and scholar at sea programs. They have a program called the distinguished scholar program which is an internship program. They have a leadership summit every summer with sessions on getting financial aid for school, law school and grad school planning, resume building, interview strategies, and much more! They also offer everyday life help like health insurance offers, car insurance, discounts on services, etc.

    I have never been involved in an organization that cares so much about members. The national office is constantly getting feedback from officers and MEMBERS on what they want to see from the organization. In fact, you can personally meet members from the national staff at your son or daughter's induction ceremony! Furthermore, the staff visits each chapter about twice per year and once they hod a meeting with the members to get feedback!

    In my involvement with NSCS, I have been to two leadership summits (one in Washington, DC and one in Denver, CO); two regional conferences (one in Atlanta, GA and one in Tuskaloosa, AL);service activities like a diversity fair, coastal cleanup, helping paint the rooms of disabled children, and many more; socials like karaoke, BBQ, ice cream social, movie night; and academic activities like free graduate school test prep and admissions, and study groups. Furthermore, my chapter's advisor has written letters of recommendation for countless NSCS members including myself and he is a major factor in my getting into law school. He has also helped three of our chapter's members get the outstanding senior award from our school (awarded to only one senior at each graduation ceremony), and has helped me to get a scholarship from the school.

    I think that the one time membership fee is nothing compared to what you can get out of it. I strongly encourage you to visit the NSCS national site at www.nscs.org. There is a phone number there that you can actually call their office and talk to a staff member any time during normal business hours.
  • LawyerassetLawyerasset Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I am a lifetime member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The society, in conjunction with the college I attend, scheduled an invocation ceremony for October, 2008. The Society and the school invite the media to the event. Through the Society, I was invited to attend the 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. I was disappointed that the nominal fee to attend was not so "pocket-friendly," but the experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I do not want to throw away. The upside is you get recognition from those who know what the word "collegiate" means. Other than that, most people ask me "what's that?"
  • bobbykbobbyk Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    It's only about them separtating you from your money. See this link : National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,882Registered User Senior Member
    We just got an invite from the National Society of High School Scholars. It's 60 bucks, thought it would be more, but are considering joining.

    Anyone joined?

    What are the benefits?

    What is the downside, other than a 60 dollar admission fee?
  • kakmack416kakmack416 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    My DD also got an invite to the NSCS recently. It appears that there are different membership fees depending upon which school your kid goes to. My DD goes to Georgetown. Her invite says the fee is $75. Yet others get a $60 invite? Smells fishy to me.

    It seems to me that the only way to know the value of this offer is to find out what the chapter at the school is doing and what benefits it provides.
  • RVAfistcityRVAfistcity Posts: 53Registered User Junior Member
    My invite is also $75. Lame.

    The CPTLA program looks interesting. Has anyone heard of this program?
  • ebeeeeeebeeeee Posts: 5,199Registered User Senior Member
    The amount is probably different because each school sets its own chapter dues. My son got this and we tossed it. I would recommend that the individual student check in with someone at their college to find out if their school actually has an active chapter or whether it is a "name only" organization. Assuming the two posts above are legit I would say it varies from school to school.
  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Posts: 14,942Registered User Senior Member
    My daughter got it and we tossed it also (or it is in a stack of paper somewhere). We got a zillion reminders both to her and to 'parents of'. Which made it seem even more like who's who etc and about them pushing to get the money, than any big honor.
  • meligarcia1001meligarcia1001 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    The $60 dollar one was for the High School Scholars one. Not college. Just letting you know in case you missed it.
  • meligarcia1001meligarcia1001 Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    I just registered for this website because I was on the phone with my mom trying to figure out if I should send the 75 dollars in, because I have "two days left to reply." Thanks to the things I read here I chose not to join. I was saying the same thing; they bombard you with mail, which makes it look pretty bad and not prestigious at all. The benefits they mentioned seem cool but I don't really think this organization will help me in the future. I've been invited to other Honors Societies and they are much more credible. I remember when I was in High School, there were two boys who were part of the one for High School scholars, and they showed off about it but they only made themselves look bad because when we graduated they weren't honors graduates or anything of the like, whereas those of us who were weren't part of that. It might sound irrelevant but I'm just trying to prove my point that I don't think this is prestigious or worth it.
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