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CONTENTS 1 Letter From the Founder & Chief Executive Officer

10 NSCS Chapters

2 NSCS Mission

14 NSCS Growth and Statistics

2 NSCS Values

15 Inaugural Chapters

3 NSCS Members Matter Most

15 Finances

4 Who We Are

16 What We Do

5 Board of Directors

18 NSCS Chapters Make A Difference

6 Community College Honorary & Advisory Board Members

22 NSCS Publications

7 NSCS Honorary Board of Regents

24 NSCS Partners

8 2013 National Leadership Council

26 The NSCS Community

9 2013 Alumni Board

28 2013 National Leadership Summit

FROM THE FOUNDER In 2013, NSCS celebrated its nineteenth year as an honor society committed to recognizing and elevating high achievers. It is hard to believe that nearly twenty years ago, I attended the first NSCS New Member Induction Ceremony at The George Washington University on April 30, 1994. The growth and success NSCS has seen over the years has been incredible and my experience as the organization’s Founder has been more rewarding than I ever could have imagined. In 2013, NSCS remained committed to community colleges and online schools and are looking forward to increasing our presence as we move into 2014. I am proud of the success we’ve enjoyed as we aim to provide awesome benefits to NSCS’ members.

Stephen E. Loflin

Founder & Chief Executive Officer The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Over this next year, NSCS will welcome its millionth member into the society and will award one million dollars in scholarships to members. Throughout the years NSCS advisors, campus administration, and higher education professionals have offered valu-

able guidance, support, feedback, and an unwavering commitment to NSCS. These individuals share a common interest in recognizing and elevating high-achieving students and have played an integral role in defining the NSCS Experience for members. As a result, throughout our evolution, NSCS has never lost sight of the fact that members matter most. The NSCS Journey to a Million is made possible by the promotion, inspiration, and dedication of the people who have joined us along the way. As we edge closer to reaching noteworthy milestones, I am more excited than ever about the opportunities to create a greater, more meaningful experience for lifetime members of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. As I look to the future, I know NSCS will continue to evolve and that its commitment to high achievers and the goal to constantly improve on the member experience will always be the catalyst for NSCS’s evolution. I am looking forward to another exciting year!

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WHAT WE BELIEVE NSCS Mission: We exist to recognize and elevate high achievers. NSCS Values SCHOLARSHIP NSCS offers nearly half a million dollars in scholarships each year to help our members attain their goals and commend them for their outstanding academic excellence as well their leadership and service achievements.Scholarships are one of the most direct ways NSCS impacts our members and we are continually adding new and diverse scholarships to reach and assist as many members as possible. LEADERSHIP NSCS members are high-achieving students and leaders on campuses nationwide – making leadership an important part of their college career and future goals. Members who are engaged with their campus chapter develop a variety of leadership skills through service, mentorship and networking, which will help provide transferable skills and a professional edge over others after graduation. SERVICE NSCS is comprised of members who go the extra mile to make a difference within their communities. Through service, NSCS members are able to reach out to those with fewer opportunities, take action and initiate change in their communities.

Richard Failla (left), NSCS Associate Director of Strategic Performance, with Luis Loor (right), the Chapter President at Syracuse University, after accepting the Platinum STAR Award on behalf of his chapter.


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“I honestly believe our info session was so packed because we advertised with the promise of a representative from the National Office (I’m sure the free pizza helped too!). Having our Member Engagement Representative at the meeting truly demonstrated to our potential members that the National Office is supportive of the Chapter’s efforts and of the individual students’ academic accomplishments.” JILL MITCHELL Chapter Advisor, Northern Virginia Community College “I love NSCS. It really is a great society that I feel like all college students should strive to be a part of. The opportunities they provide will help you in the long run. I’m getting the experience now that will help me later on in life. Not to forget, they are keeping me on track encouraging me to keep my 3.4 and higher! It’s such a great society.” RACHEL SOLOMON NSCS Member, Howard University

NSCS provides [community college students] an opportunity to make connections with folks at the institution to which they’re aspiring to transfer so when they get there they already know people and don’t feel lost trying to navigate the maze of a new institution. Having a group that you’re already familiar with to make that transition easier is great. NSCS is student focused so it will give them a leg up if you will, to make that transfer.” DR. BELLE WHEELAN President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges & Co-Chair, NSCS Community College Honorary Board

“I started the Northern Kentucky University chapter and was inspired because I wanted to be able to help students at my school reach their full potential. It is often hard at my university to receive not only financial aid, but also the resources, “Awesome opportunities like this let me know that my hard work is not going unrecognized. The Outstanding Scholar encouragement, and opportunities that NSCS has to offer. By Award has given me the motivation I need to propel me toward bringing NSCS to NKU, I was able to reach out to those who success, and the satisfaction in knowing that there are positive needed a little push in the right direction.” organizations out there that genuinely want to help students HOLLY RITCHIE reach their educational goals. This award is a reflection of NSCS Founding Officer, Northern Kentucky University dedication and perseverance. It is a tool that will help me to excel as student, apply myself in the classroom, and encourage “I am honored to be a part of such a prestigious organization. others to do the same. Thank you NSCS.” Becoming a part of NSCS has opened up so many doors, ALEXIS J. CARTIER created everlasting friendships, and has built my confidence.” Northern Virginia Community College AKELAH BURKS NSCS Outstanding Scholar Award Recipient Chapter President, Eastern Michigan University

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WHO WE ARE The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and offers nearly half a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gary Cook, Chair Grow Pastor First Baptist of Coppell Education: Bachelor of Journalism, University of Texas MBA, University of Texas ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary Ph.D., Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, in progress

Anne Berkowitch Co-founder and CEO of SelectMinds Education: MBA, Finance, MIT’s Sloan School of Management B.S., Applied Math and Biology, Brown University.

Susan Hoff Senior Vice President, Community Investment United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. Education: B.A., Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Ft. Lewis College

Dr. Stacy L. Jones Director of Student Involvement and Leadership University of Alabama Education: B.A. Communication (Advertising and Graphic Design), University of Alabama M.A. Education (Higher Education Administration), University of Alabama Ed.D. Education, University of Alabama

Jillian Kinzie Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice Education: Ph.D., Higher Education, Indiana University Bloomington

Stephen E. Loflin CEO & Founder The National Society of Collegiate Scholars Education: B.S., Marketing, University of South Carolina M.S., Higher Education, Florida State University

Glenn Madigan President National Leadership Council 2012-2013 Education: Majoring in Advertising Art Direction

Nicole Maher Executive Vice President National Leadership Council 2012-2013 Education: Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience

Larry Solomon Accenture, Philadelphia North America Operating Officer Education: B.S. Business Administration, The State University of New York at Albany

Jeff Summer Founding Partner Talengin Education: B.A., Psychology, Seattle University

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Dr. Belle Wheelan, Co-Chair President Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Dr. Charles Downs, Co-Chair Former President Virginia Western Community College Dr. Ken Atwater President Hillsborough Community College Dr. Constance Carroll Chancellor San Diego Community College District Dr. Jack Daniels, III President Los Angeles Southwest College

Dr. Gregory Gray Chancellor Riverside Community College Dr. Zelema Harris Chancellor Saint Louis Community College Dr. Brenda Hellyer Chancellor San Jacinto College Dr. Byron McClenney Project Director & Senior Lecturer The University of Texas at Austin Dr. Henry Shannon Superintendent/President Chaffey College

Dr. Charles Dassance President Central Florida Community College

Dr. Mary Spangler Chancellor Houston Community College System

Dr. Roy Flores Chancellor Pima Community College

Dr. Robert Templin, Jr. President Northern Virginia Community College

COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADVISORY BOARD Dr. Ronald Williams, Chair Vice President College Board


Dr. Ramona Edelin DC Association of Chartered Public Schools

Bruce Berman Chief Development Officer Wilshire Boulevard Temple

William Flynn Managing Director Emeritus National Council for Continuing Education and Training

Casandra Balssingame Adjunct Associate Professor University of Maryland University College

Dr. Pradeep Ganguly Sr. Vice President, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation

Dr. William “Bill” Crawford III Vice President of Student Affairs Chandler Gilbert Community College and President, National Council on Black American Affairs

Dr. Paula Gastenveld Provost, Southside Virginia Community College

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Dr. Charles Green President Emeritus, Bermuda College

Erica Wheelan Heyse National Director The Congressional Award

Mecca Marsh Interim Dean of Students, Norfolk campus Tidewater Community College

Michael Holmes Executive Director Office of the Mayor

Carol Belle-Thomas Professor & Media Specialist City College of San Francisco

Angela Lagdameo Sr. Analyst, Office of Policy Office of the Governor of Maryland

David Silk Camp Manager Promise Camp Family Guidance, Inc.

Steve Loflin CEO & Founder NSCS

Dr. Stanley Viltz Associate Provost for Student Affairs Bennett College for Women

NSCS HONORARY BOARD OF REGENTS Maya Angelou Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of American Studies, Wake Forest University

James V. Kimsey Founding CEO and Chairman Emeritus, America Online, Inc.

Joan Ganz Cooney Chairman, Sesame Workshop

Wendy Kopp CEO and Founder, Teach For America

Marian Wright Edelman Founder and President, Children’s Defense Fund

J.W. Marriott, Jr. Chairman & CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Director, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Research W.E.B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University Daniel Goldin Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1992-2001) Vartan Gregorian President, Carnegie Corporation,New York President, Brown University (1989-1997) Alexis M. Herman Secretary of Labor (1997-2001)

Federico F. Peña Managing Partner, Vestar Capital Partners Secretary of Energy (1997-1998) Secretary of Transportation (1993-1997) Richard W. Riley Secretary of Education (1993-2001) Governor, South Carolina (1979-1987) Harold T. Shapiro President, Princeton University (1988-2001) Harris Wofford Chairman, America’s Promise CEO, Corporation for National Service (1995-2002)

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NATIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL Glenn Madigan NLC President (2012–2013) Columbia College Chicago

Nicole Maher NLC Executive Vice President The Ohio State University

Kenneth Rosario-Gonzalez NLC Deputy Vice President University of South Florida

Carl Printer San Diego State University

Stephanie Morrill University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kirsti Williamson The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Joyce An University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Lianne Dubick New Mexico State University

Members of the NSCS National Leadership Council at the 2013 National Leadership Summit in Houston, Texas.


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ALUMNI BOARD Nathaniel Simpson, Chair NSCS Alumni Board Morehouse College – 2006 Maryann Griffin NSCS Alumni Board Member University of Delaware – 2006 Tiffany Edwards NSCS Alumni Board Member University of Houston – 2003 Alexandra Shue NSCS Alumni Board Member University of North Carolina-Charlotte – 2011

Ciara Ginyard, Co-Chair NSCS Alumni Board Syracuse University – 2002 Jacqueline Gamboa Varela NSCS Alumni Board Member University of Texas-El Paso – 2012 Joyce Broderson NSCS Alumni Board Member Argosy University – 2010

NSCS ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS The NSCS Alumni Board had a successful first year as a full operating board. During the year, the Board implemented strategies to connect with and engage the alumni population. Known as the “sleeping giant” of the NSCS population, NSCS has reached a point where the alumni population is larger than the undergraduate member population. The Alumni Board has supported the NSCS National Office in multiple fundraising initiatives. The online fundraising outreach was one of the most successful initiatives, having collected donations from 301 different donors. These donors consisted of members from the alumni community, undergraduate members and officers, and friends and family of the NSCS community. Over 88% of donations raised were done so using the online Razoo platform, which proved to be a very successful method of online fundraising. 13% of donations received during the year were from alumni. Funds raised from the NSCS Million Pennies Campaign will go to funding for campus programs like the Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence program (PACE) and scholarships for college mentors. PACE is NSCS’ signature ser-

vice program, preparing college honor students to be mentors and pairing them with underserved middle and high school students. Raising a million pennies (one for each member we will celebrate next year) will help NSCS expand the growth of programs on campus and provide more financial support to student mentors. Supporting Engagement Initiatives During the 2012–13 term, the Alumni Board took strides in increasing NSCS alumni engagement through a variety of initiatives, including: • A strong alumni presence at New Member Induction Ceremonies • Numerous volunteer and social networking events • The introduction of Senior Send Off events • A predominate social media presence • Increased number of professional development webinars • The development of the Remember When? social media photo contest

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NSCS CHAPTERS NSCS is a recognized student organization at over 300 campuses, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. With nearly one million lifetime members and growing each year, NSCS offers members exclusive access to scholarships, career resources, leadership, networking opportunities and more.


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University of San Diego

The University of Georgia

University of San Francisco

University of West Georgia

Auburn University

University of Southern California

Lawson State Community College The University of Alabama


The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Colorado State University

University of South Alabama

Regis University


University of Colorado at Boulder University of Colorado at Denver

HAWAII University of Hawaii at Manoa

IDAHO Boise State University

University of Denver

Idaho State University

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Northern Colorado

Univeristy of Idaho




Fairfield University

Columbia College Chicago

University of Connecticut

DePaul University

Northern Arizona University

Western Connecticut State University

Eastern Illinois University

The University of Arizona


Illinois State University

Delaware State University

Northern Illinois University

Arkansas State University

University of Delaware

Roosevelt University

Arkansas Tech University University of Arkansas


University of Central Arkansas

American University


Georgetown University

University of Alaska Anchorage

Arizona State University Mesa Community College


California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State University, Dominguez Hills California State University, Fresno California State University, Fullerton California State University, Long Beach California State University, Northridge California State University, San Bernardino California State University, San Marcus California State University, Stanislaus Chapman University Los Angeles Mission College Los Angeles Southwest College Loyola Marymount University Mills College Pomona College San Diego State University

Loyola University Chicago

Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Howard University

Western Illinois University

The George Washington University



Ball State University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Butler University

Florida A&M University

DePauw University

Florida Atlantic University

Indiana State University

Florida International University

Indiana University Bloomington

Florida Memorial University Hillsborough Community College

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Rollins College

Purdue University

The Florida State University

University of Evansville

University of Central Florida

University of Southern Indiana

University of Florida


University of Miami University of North Florida University of South Florida

Iowa State University The University of Iowa

University of California, Berkeley


University of California, Davis

Columbus State University

University of California, Irvine

Georgia College & State University

University of California, Los Angeles

Georgia Institute of Technology

Baker University

University of California, Merced

Georgia Perimeter College

Barton Community College

University of California, Riverside

Georgia State University

Fort Hays State University

University of California, San Diego

Kennesaw State University

Kansas State University

University of California, Santa Barbara

Morehouse College

The University of Kansas

University of California, Santa Cruz

Spelman College

Wichita State University

Solano Community College

University of Northern Iowa


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University of Minnesota at Twin Cities


Winona State University

Binghamton University

Northern Kentucky University


College of Staten Island

University of Kentucky

Mississippi State University

University of Louisville

The University of Mississippi

Western Kentucky University


Eastern Kentucky University Morehead State University Murray State University

LOUISIANA Louisiana State University Southeastern Louisiana University The University of Louisiana at Monroe Tulane University

MAINE The University of Maine

MARYLAND Baltimore City Community College Morgan State University

Cornell University Dowling College Mercy College New York City College of Technology Queens College Rochester Institute of Technology

Missouri State University

Stony Brook University

Northwest Missouri State University

Syracuse University

Saint Louis University

The College at Brockport

Truman State University

The Cooper Union

University of Missouri-Columbia

University at Albany

MONTANA Montana State University - Bozeman

NEBRASKA Creighton University

University at Buffalo University of Rochester

NORTH CAROLINA Appalachian State University East Carolina University

The Johns Hopkins University

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Towson University


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of Maryland University of Maryland Eastern Shore University of Maryland, University College University of Maryland, Baltimore County


University of Nevada, Reno


Boston University

Dartmouth College

Brandeis University

Keene State College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Fairleigh Dickinson University

Central Michigan University

New Jersey City University

Eastern Michigan University Ferris State University Grand Valley State University Michigan State University

Montclair State University New Jersey Institute of Technology Princeton University Ramapo College of New Jersey

Saginaw Valley State University

Rutgers University, Newark

University of Michigan

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Wayne State University


St. Cloud State University

North Carolina State University

The University of North Carolina, Asheville University of North Carolina at Greensboro Wake Forest University Western Carolina University Winston-Salem State University

NORTH DAKOTA North Dakota State University University of North Dakota

OHIO Bowling Green State University Case Western Reserve University Kent State University Miami University The Ohio State University The University of Akron

Western Michigan University

Seton Hall University



Crown College

New Mexico State University

Wright State University

Minnesota State University, Mankato

The University of New Mexico

Youngstown State University

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The University of Toledo University of Cincinnati University of Dayton

OKLAHOMA Oklahoma State University The University of Oklahoma


Middle Tennessee State University Tennessee State University The University of Tennessee


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Lane Community College Oregon State University


Portland State University

Baylor University

Southern Oregon University University of Oregon Willamette University

Eastfield College Houston Community College Lone Star College - CyFair Midwestern State University

University of Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

VERMONT The University of Vermont

WASHINGTON Eastern Washington University University of Washington University of Washington Bothell Washington State University Western Washington University


North Lake Community College

Drexel University

Rice University


San Jacinto College

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Southern Methodist University

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Stephen F. Austin State University

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Texas A&M University


La Salle University Lehigh University Robert Morris University Saint Joseph’s University

Prairie View A&M University

Texas Christian University

Temple University

Texas Southern University

The Pennsylvania State University

Texas State University

University of Pennsylvania

Texas Tech University

University of Pittsburgh

Texas Woman’s University

University of the Arts

The University of Texas at Arlington

Villanova University


Marshall University West Virginia University


The University of Texas at Austin

University of Wyoming

The University of Texas at El Paso


The University of Texas at San Antonio The University of Texas-Pan American

University of Puerto Rico

Trinity University

American Military University/American Public University

University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon

University of Houston

Argosy University Online

University of North Texas

Baker College Online

University of the Incarnate Word

Capella University

Wiley College

Davenport University

RHODE ISLAND Providence College Rhode Island College University of Rhode Island

SOUTH CAROLINA Benedict College Clemson University College of Charleston University of South Carolina University of South Carolina Upstate Winthrop University

UTAH Salt Lake Community College Southern Utah University Utah State University Weber State University

VIRGINIA George Mason University

Everest University Online Franklin University Jones International University Kaplan University Nationwide Chapter South University Stevens-Henager College Strayer University University of Maryland University College Western Governors University

James Madison University Northern Virginia Community College Old Dominion University Radford University


Southside Virginia Community College

The University of South Dakota

University of Mary Washington

The College of William & Mary

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GROWTH & STATISTICS NSCS enjoyed a year of steady growth during the 2012-2013 fiscal year with the Chapter Development TEAM establishing 19 new chapters across the country. These inaugural chapters allowed NSCS to invite and welcome 2,257 new members at brand-new chapters to the Society.

Top Ten NSCS Majors

1) Biology 2) Business 3) Psychology 4) Nursing 5) Accounting 6) Engineering 7) Pre-Medicine 8) Education 9) Political Science 10) Mechanical Engineering


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Inaugural Chapters Baltimore City Community College 5/3/2013

Georgia Perimeter College 11/1/2012 Lane Community College 7/3/2013

Barton Community College 5/16/2013

Lawson State Community College 7/2/2013

Bowling Green State University 3/12/2013 California State University, San Marcos 8/3/2012 Eastfield College 5/8/2013

Northern Kentucky University 3/27/2013

University of South Carolina Upstate 1/8/2013 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 8/3/2012

Southern Oregon University 8/3/2012

Wake Forest University 5/2/2013

Mesa Community College 5/1/2013

Southside Virginia Community College 6/21/2013

Minnesota State University, Mankato 1/15/2013

University of California, Merced 1/23/2013

Western Carolina University 6/3/2013 Wiley College 2/12/2013

Finances National Society of Collegiate Scholars Statements of Financial Position

Report of Independent Auditors Board of Directors National Society of Collegiate Scholars Washington, DC We have audited the accompanying financial statements of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars ("the Society") which comprise the statements of financial position as of August 31, 2013 and 2012, and the related statements of activities and cash flows for the years then ended, and the related notes to the financial statements. Management’s Responsibility for the Financial Statements Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; this includes the design, implementation, and maintenance of internal control relevant to the preparation and fair presentation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error. Auditor’s Responsibility Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement. An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor’s judgment, including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity’s preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity’s internal control. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of significant accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion. Opinion In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Society as of August 31, 2013 and 2012 and the changes in net assets and its cash flows for the years then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Falls Church, Virginia December 2, 2013


Assets Cash and cash equivalents Accounts receivable Deposits Prepaid expenses Inventory Fixed assets, net Total assets Liabilities and net assets Accounts payable and accrued expenses Deferred revenue Deferred rent Agency funds held for others


2,605,549 $ 12,511 26,717 234,968 48,427 553,176

1,852,476 37,024 21,217 40,725 40,030 617,865


3,481,348 $



396,694 $ 4,500 73,611 -

130,315 9,736 161,277 100,000



2,990,243 16,300 3,006,543

2,187,709 20,300 2,208,009

3,481,348 $


Total liabilities Net assets Unrestricted net assets Temporarily restricted net assets Total net assets Total liabilities and net assets

August 31,



National Society of Collegiate Scholars Statements of Activities

Change in unrestricted net assets Revenue Membership dues Conferences, seminars and workshops Merchandise sales Partnership income Other income See accompanying notes to the financial statements. Net assets released from restriction Total revenue

Years ended August 31, 2012 2013 $


Expenses Program services: Membership Programs Total program services Supporting services: General and administrative Total expenses Change in unrestricted net assets Change in temporarily restricted net assets Contributions Net assets released from restriction Change in temporarily restricted net assets

See accompanying notes to the financial statements.

6,429,080 137,045 317,655 37,468 6,921,248 257,100 7,178,348

4,273,593 2,237,937 6,511,530

3,508,341 1,592,852 5,101,193

916,251 7,427,781 802,534

1,030,831 6,132,024 1,046,324

210,500 (214,500) (4,000)

Change in net assets Net assets, beginning of year $

Net assets, end of year

7,337,098 $ 98,317 184,698 376,229 19,473 8,015,815 214,500 8,230,315

247,400 (257,100) (9,700)

798,534 2,208,009

1,036,624 1,171,385

3,006,543 $



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WHAT WE DO Scholarship is one of the three pillars of NSCS, and one of our most important goals is to continuously increase the financial support we are able to provide through scholarships distributed to our members each year. In 2013, NSCS administered, awarded, and made available over $500,000 in scholarships. These scholarships helped students reach their goals of studying abroad, furthering their education with graduate school, creating a service project or spending a semester learning at sea with the Semester at Sea program.


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SCHOLARSHIP HIGHLIGHTS Debt Reduction Scholarship With over two-thirds of college seniors graduating with student debt, NSCS launched the Debt Reduction award in 2013. The $2,500 scholarships helped to pay down debt for our members who are actively paying it forward in their communities.

Community College Transition Award NSCS offers $2,500 to outstanding community college students who are transferring to a four year institution. This is awarded to help NSCS members make a successful transition to a four-year institution.

2013 Recipients 2013 Recipients MALINDA BECKHAM STEPHANIE CATE Houston Community College (NSCS Alumni) (Transferring to University of Houston) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “After working in my chosen field of insurance for “This scholarship will allow me to continue to give back to my local community and work to over twenty years, I finally had an opportunity to improve the life outcomes of those less fortu- pursue a formal education, something that was not nate around the world. For that, I am tremen- an option for me after high school. At the age 42 I enrolled in college for the very first time after redously grateful. alizing that my on-the-job experience would not I work each day to pay it forward in my own com- take me as far as I wanted to go. Now here I am, munity as well as other areas around the world. This close to three years later, graduating in the fall of award will ease the burden of my student debt and 2013 with an Associate’s degree in pre-business. allow me to focus more on volunteering in my com- As an adult learner and online student, NSCS gave munity and directing the Batonga Foundation, a non-profit foundation that focuses on girls’ educa- me the power and feeling of being a real college student. Support comes in all forms and I value all tion in Africa (pictured). that I have received from The National Society of I believe that we are all connected and that every Collegiate Scholars, my friends and my family. This person has something unique and special to con- support system is a big part of my success.” tribute to the world as long as they have the tools they need to live healthy, productive lives. I will BETHANY WILLIAMSON continue to pay it forward and work to make sure Salt Lake Community College everyone has the opportunity to do the same!” (Transferring to The University of Alabama) Also a recipient… “This award means so much to me. I was looking LINDSEY VOLZ at having to take out substantial student loans this (NSCS Alumni) semester, but with this scholarship it will cut my University of Connecticut loans down almost in half. It has taken off a great deal of stress, and now I’m actually anticipating moving and starting classes in just a couple of weeks, instead of worrying how I’m going to pay for all of them. I am greatly honored to be a recipient of this year’s Community College Transition Award and I thank you for considering me.”




Also a recipient.. DANIEL TAPIA, Lone Star College-CyFair (Transferring to Texas A&M University)

Direct Awards: $300,350 Non-Cash/Made Available or dispersed by partners: $243,070

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NSCS CHAPTERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are making a difference in their campus and local communities every day.


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THE 2013 NSCS PACE PROGRAM: MAKING AN IMPACT, MAKING A DIFFERENCE College preparation is one of the key components a student must have as they start their higher education journey. However, many students begin their college years without the necessary skills to succeed. According to a special report by The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and the Southern Region Educational Board, “Every year in the United States, nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies.� Gradually, more and more students are not being prepared for a successful college career in high school. According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, the college readiness gap reflects the disparity between the skills and knowledge that students gain in high school versus the skills and knowledge that colleges and universities expect. Students cannot expect to perform up to college standards if they are not given the tools they need before entering their first year of college. The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) combats this lack of preparation for college through The Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (PACE) program. In the 2012-2013 academic year, PACE utilized nearly 5,500 NSCS student volunteers and 3,000 other volunteers to provide services to over 6,000 middle school and high school students. With over 8,000 volunteers nationwide, the NSCS PACE Program addressed the issue of college preparedness through mentoring, assemblies, and March to CollegeTM Days that resulted in over 6,000 students feeling more prepared for college.

Chapter President Carly Buch and Chapter VP Abby Thomson volunteer during March to CollegeTM Day

EMU officers Thespina Agas and Akelah Burks pose for a photo with others during March to CollegeTM Day

Every year in the United States, nearly 60% of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies. The 2012-2013 March to CollegeTM Days resulted in over 6,000 students feeling more prepared for college.

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NSCS members at Ball State University participate in the NLC and USO Letter Writing Campaign

THE NLC & USO NATIONAL LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN The NLC & USO Letter Writing Campaign was such a success that just days before close, the USO had to ask our chapters to pause submissions, as they were overwhelmed by the mail pouring in.

For one of the winners, Ball State University, the letters drive hit close to home. “We heard about this contest through the NLC emails,” said Chapter President Jacque Schrag. “We have an ROTC unit at Ball State and we have a lot of personal connections, so it was a very clear event for us to do.”

The NSCS national office was not surprised. The National Leadership Council (NLC) led the letter writing initiative and was responsible for The chapter publicized the event in the Ball State motivating chapters to participate. And, like Communication Digest email and utilized Ball all things the NLC takes on, the results were State’s Office of Student Life’s Facebook page. extraordinary. The campus ROTC group also did their part by spreading the word. The NLC also offered scholarships for the chapters with the most successful campaigns. Jacque said that planning for the event was easy,


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“We booked a room in the Student Center and told members and friends that the space was open for two hours and that they could come and go as they please. We also invited other student groups to the event. We provided snacks, drinks and construction paper and crayons. We decided to go short, sweet, and sentimental. It was also an option to write personal letters to specific people. My favorite part was brainstorming with the others with what to put on the letters. People were coming up with different poems and diddies to put on the cards.” Ball State’s VP of Public Relations, Cassy Hoffine, is a Photography Major and she took the videotape of the letter writing contest which can be found on their Facebook page. “We try to

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take pictures of everything we do to share with members,” said Cassy. Having pictures and videos from events is a huge benefit. We can update our Facebook page very regularly with the photos and there is a visual for people who ask ‘Are you active?’ We can point them to the page and they can see these events,” said Jacque. Ball State’s high event participation caught national attention, and photos from their event were shared across national social media channels to help promote the contest. Cassy’s impressive video interviewing chapter members went on to make Ball State a winner in the chapter letter writing contest.

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NSCS PUBLICATIONS NSCS produces several high quality publications each year to connect with and update members and supporters.


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The official magazine of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Society magazine includes highlights from the national office and chapters, scholarship recipients’ stories and more.




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Members have a unique opportunity to have their creative work published in The Collegiate Scholar, NSCS’ literary magazine that is published once a year during the spring semester.

A yearly NSCS publication, Case for PACE highlights outstanding examples of NSCS PACE programs throughout the country.

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NSCS PARTNERS NSCS collaborates with many great organizations who share our values and commitment to ensuring our members have access to resources and opportunities that will help them succeed.


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NSCS PARTNERS Better World Books Church Hill Classics EnergyPlus Envision- (ISLP) Fine Stationery GEICO Hertz HigherNext Hult International Business School Kaplan Test Prep

Lenovo NGI/Grad Guard Perks Qs Tour Rx Cut NSCS Bookstore T-Mobile The Princeton Review USO Discover CoFoundersLab VirTrue Study Hall Piiku, Inc Simple Tuition NSCS Hotel Finder Next Step Test Prep Scholar Perks

CAREER PARTNERS 2U, Inc Accenture CommonWealth Planning Dream Careers Intel Liberty Mutual

New York Life Procter & Gamble Teach for America Temppositions The Fund for American Studies

UnCommon Schools Universum Young Entrepreneurs Academy Deloitte

PARTNERSHIP TESTIMONIALS “The National Society of Collegiate Scholars taught me to value high achievement, leadership, and service; thus, I am confident that with excellent instruction and by holding high expectations in my career, all of my students will be successful.” Jose Sanchez

Placed at Teach For America University of Delaware

“NSCS Careers has been a great resource for me in finding and acquiring my current position. Jessica was especially helpful in responding to my resume quickly and connecting me with contacts at the company.” Caitlin Olfano

NSCS Careers Candidate Professional Development Program University of Rochester

“I wanted to find a job that would allow me to have an immediate impact on my country’s future and a job that would challenge me to continue learning every day. Thank you to NSCS Careers, I am living my dream.” James Eggers

NSCS Careers Candidate Northeastern University


Cable Center Conference « Career Partners at Summit NACE Conference « NSCS’s Chief Strategy Officer, Verelyn Gibbs Watson presented on Early Engagement Recruiting. Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars The Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars™ program challenges students in undergraduate programs with excellent academic achievements to demonstrate what it means to be responsible. Liberty Mutual recognizes that there are thousands of students doing great things on their college campus’s every day. Tyeasha Williams

NSCS Vice President, Events Howard University

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THE NSCS COMMUNITY NSCS’s social media presence is not only growing, but evolving with our member and prospective member demographics. Social media has become a key communications channel for member benefits, scholarships, partners, celebratory news, chapter events and NSCS programs. Our Facebook presence grew to well over 75,000 fans, our Twitter account is picking up with over 5,000 followers and our LinkedIn group hit 12,000 members. We launched both an Instagram and a Tumblr account, which we are looking to grow in 2014 in response to the new generation of NSCS scholars. Our Alumni Facebook and Twitter accounts were launched this year and are growing rapidly. Our strategy has changed from engagement focused, to leveraging our social media networks for marketing communications. We can now see our social media community as a revenue source and a key communications channel for our NSCS initiatives.


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NATIONAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT Most people feel that the value of a friendship is based on how often you meet with your buddies or how long you’ve known each other—I disagree. The truth is that it’s not the quantity of time spent with a person that matters, but the quality of the time spent. After all, logic and emotions are indeed two very different things: we need the former to excel, and the latter to stay sane. So why are we, as nerds, not mad scientists yet? Probably because we have each other to enjoy the madness with, proved true by the friendships cemented and lessons learned during the NSCS National Leadership Summit.

By Kendra Minoza NSCS Member, Houston Community College Member, NSCS National Leadership Council

The workshops, the speeches, the Honor Gala, and the Senior Sendoff: what struck me the most about the National Leadership Summit was that in a mere three days everybody immediately let their guard down, allowing for many friendships to emerge with every activity we engaged in. First, the workshops: they were informative, fun, and required active participation from the attendees. The NSCS and RAVE! Staff hosted the workshops, and among those I attended, the one that made the most impact on me was Richard Failla’s cup stacking game. Each group in the room was given a stack of cups, and whoever is able to make the highest “tower” with the cups wins. This led a frenzy wherein cups were falling all over the place while students tried to hold everything together as they stood on chairs, which resulted in some students (myself included) also falling all over the place. After the game, Richard declared a winner shortly before showing us the simplest way to victory: he got on the table and held a single cup in his hand. “Why didn’t you think of doing this? Many of you stood on chairs, but nobody stood on the table. Were you afraid of breaking the rules when I had not given any?” Speaking of breaking the rules, Jeremy Johnson (founder of 2U and Summit Keynote Speaker), claims he found his success in “bending the rules and making mistakes that no one has made before.” He did not just have a plan; he was on a mission to stand out. What do Jeremy Johnson, Mike Dorsey (“Biggest Loser” finalist), and Daniel Hernandez (former Gabby Gifford’s intern credited with saving her life) have in common? They all were at Leadership Summit 2013! These

MICHAEL DORSEY Former “Biggest Loser” Contestant Founder, One Click Movement


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Sonio Fanou (left) and Sydni Gonzalez (right) from the University of Central Florida at the 2013 National Leadership Summit

three amazing speakers spoke intimately with NSCS members about their respective paths to success and offered keen insight into how members could “Launch [their own] Legacy.” A time to be rewarded for all the hard work while looking sharp, perhaps the most anticipated event at Summit was the Honor Gala. “Hey Deri? Can we start Honor Gala?” Adam Levenson asked fellow member engagement coordinator Derilyn Devlin before breaking into song. The dynamic pair pumped up the crowd of nearly 500 students, faculty members, alumni, partners and staff at the annual awards ceremony with a rousing and hilarious parody of the popular song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The standing ovation that followed was just one of the many times attendees at Leadership Summit clapped and rushed to their feet with excitement over the course of three days in Houston. Despite all the awesomeness already mentioned above, what’s most surprising about Summit is the number of friendships that emerged in such a short amount of time. Members from all over the country exchanged contact information and vowed to keep in touch after Summit. NLC member, Carl Printer, said, “I was lucky enough to cement deep and lasting relationships with new friends, while picking up immediately with friends I haven’t seen in about a year. It

was a poignant reminder of how success is defined by more than job status or the size of your rolodex...the people that carry, guide, and inspire you are critical to building your legacy.” Indeed, no matter how far you go, you can never get anywhere alone. As I keep in touch with the friends I made at Summit, I am reminded of all the lessons I’ve learned, of the amazing people I’ve met, and of the legacy that I am on a mission to launch. I am reminded that true friendships transcend time and distance, and that dreams take years of determination, hard work, and patience to come true. In the end, so long as you chase your dreams, they too, will chase you. And so long as you trust your friends, perhaps they will chase you as well? To date I find this event hilarious: it was 3 AM, and I was studying behind workout equipment in the gym of the Royal Sonesta Hotel (second day of Summit) when my best friend (not a Summit attendee) came in. I haven’t seen this guy in ages, so I momentarily stopped studying and immediately began talking to him about everything he’s missed out on. Twenty short minutes later, I left and continued studying in the hotel lobby. I shrugged off the surprise of seeing him there, of all places, and continued to work on launching my legacy. NSCS ME Coordinator, Alicia Yannalfo (right) with Amber Bartz (Northern Arizona University) at the Honor Gala. NSCS ME Senior Coordinators Adam Levenson and Derilyn Devlin provided the entertainment at the Honor Gala as the event’s emcees.

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