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Is National Society of Leadership and Success for real?

away2schoolaway2school Posts: 204Registered User Junior Member
edited September 2011 in Penn State - University Park
Is this organization (also known as Sigma Alpha Pi - a leadership honor society, not a sorority) legitimate? Info came on Penn State letterhead but it charges $85 to be a member of this "distinguished group of students." Are students chosen by gpa, extracurriculars??

Does it have any value.....the letter says that membership helps you get into grad school.
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Replies to: Is National Society of Leadership and Success for real?

  • cosmicfishcosmicfish Posts: 3,389Registered User Senior Member
    It appears to be legitimate, with selection (as is usual for these honor societies) based entirely or almost entirely on your grades and class rank.

    As to the value... it doesn't hurt overall, but it also won't help a lot either. This particular society appears to be limited to political science, so if you go outside of that field it becomes nearly worthless. Within the field, some will realize that it tells little about you beyond your GPA, others will recognize it but (being unfamiliar with the specifics) will think a little better of you for it, and some (being members themselves) will mentally up your standing as part of upping their own. A few will decide (correctly or not) that it is worthless and mentally downgrade you for taking part.

    There are probably a few associated advantages to being a member - they might have a scholarship and fellowship pool for which you could compete, they might arrange special meetings with people from colleges or companies, or they might provide special opportunities to their members. Most members will not take advantage of them, and some will be national while others are chapter by chapter, but they are probably there. If nothing else, it is something else to put on your resume.

    Bear in mind, however, that it is not one of the "big" honor societies that carry wide recognition or prestige - Phi Beta Kappa (humanities), Tau Beti Pi (engineering), Phi Kappa Phi (general). Is it worth $85? Maybe, that depends on how much you need the money, what your chapter has to offer, what you would make of it, and what else you have going for you.
  • notheyreponiesnotheyreponies Posts: 28Registered User New Member
    Definitely not worth $85... The letter I got said I was eligible because my GPA was at least a 3.1... What kind of honors society is that? Pretty much anyone can "get in" with that.

    Although I'd watch out, members (leaders?) of that organization like to google search the society's name and convince others that they're a good organization.
  • Duke26Duke26 Posts: 278Registered User Junior Member
    I joined to try to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities. The entry process is a little ridiculous though.
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