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UW Honors Organization Receives National Award

September 28, 2011

The University of Wyoming's chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has received the organization's Gold Star Award.

NSCS is an honors organization for high-achieving first- and second-year students with more than 300 student-run chapters at universities across the country. The UW NSCS chapter was founded in 2001.

The award comes as no surprise to Scott Mobley, the NSCS national staff representative who works with UW's chapter officers.

"The members of University of Wyoming's chapter are amazing," Mobley says. "They have gone above and beyond by creating innovative programs and expanding and improving existing programs and have provided an exceptional experience for their members. They have truly embraced the ideals of NSCS."

To attain Gold designation, UW held an induction ceremony for new members, created a student mentoring program, held campus-wide events to support NSCS' integrity initiative and conducted a membership campaign, says UW Chapter President Dawn Jenkins of Simla, Colo., a senior in elementary education. She says members participated in the MS walk and provided information about attending college to prospective students.

"Meeting all of the requirements for Gold status definitely takes a lot of hard work and commitment, and I am so proud of our chapter for meeting those requirements," Jenkins says. "Being in an organization that supports my academic goals, that encourages and offers leadership opportunities and that promotes service in the community has given me experiences and knowledge that I will carry throughout my life."

NSCS membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing. NSCS offers members exclusive access to scholarships, career resources and leadership and networking opportunities and has more than 800,000 lifetime members and more than 300 chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

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