Becoming a Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Introduction
What is National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)? Have you ever hear about this community before? Obviously, almost everyone knows that university/college is the period of progression of heading for the society stage by stage. During the four years in university/college, apparently, book learning is not the first priority for students any longer. Instead, capacities and career experiences become the bright spots on the resumes. Every university student hopes to emerge as the best candidate in the job interview after graduation. According to several scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, there is a close relationship between leadership skills and employment. Frank claims the relationship that, “leadership and entrepreneurial skills can stimulate college/university students to strive for innovation and can open career opportunities in the civic sector” (636). Besides, Tierney and Kristan indicate that the financial aid, especially the scholarship, becomes an important factor affecting low-income students` decisions about whether to go to college/university (363). Undoubtedly, with the increasing employment pressure, whose resume has more spot light, will stand out above the rest. Green, Patricia, and Roland maintain that the effects of a formal internship program on students` perceived values of traits, such as an individual`s personality or technical traits, important to employers during the interview process (100). Therefore, in this paper, I will argue that the NSCS greatly influences their members on campus by observations, interviews, and scholarly research about their literacy and discourse practices. Background
American university/college students may be no stronger to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), even there are lots of university students receiving the invitations before. According to the NSCS website, “the National Society of Collegiate Scholars is national nonprofit academic honor society founded in 1994 by Steve Loflin on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C” (NSCS.org). NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has chapters at over 300 institutions across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia with nearly one million lifetime members (NSCS.org). According to the brochures of NSCS, the NSCS exists to recognize and elevate high-achievers, most focus on first-year and second-year undergraduates with a minimum 3.4 GPA (“Benefits of Membership”). The NSCS is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, careers, and service. First, “NSCS make nearly half a million dollars in scholarships available to its members every year, and the scholarships are available to meet every need and every type of student” (“Benefits of Membership”). For example, some of the scholarships NSCS provides include Merit Awards, Semester at Sea Scholarships, NSCS Scholar Abroad, and Induction Recognition Awards (“Benefits of Membership”). Second, “NSCS members have exclusive access to HonorSourceTM, an online job search tool that contains listings for prestigious internships as well as full-time and part-time employment opportunities” (“Benefits of Membership”). Furthermore, service is one of the three pillars of NSCS, along with scholarship and career. In the interview with Christi Crowder, she introduces the NSCS that, “members across the country are involved in a variety of service events at the chapter and national level, NSCS has partnered with diverse service organizations to give members a meaningful connection to serving other to maximize their college experience” (Crowder). Lines of argument
First, NSCS greatly influences their members on campuses because it provides abundant scholarships. There is no doubt that more and more students depend on scholarship and grant money for college than ever before, especially for some private postsecondary universities. In the...
Cited: Crowder, Christi. E-mail interview. 10 Apr. 2013.
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