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Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter earns Gold Star

by Jeanne Baron

Oct. 31, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--The National Society of Collegiate Scholars bestowed Gold Star status on Western Michigan University's chapter for 2011.

The designation is given only to the most active and engaged chapters, which can attain one of four status levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level is determined based on the quantity and quality of events a chapter held the previous year.

The award comes as no surprise to Rachel Thornton, the NSCS national staff representative who works with the University's chapter officers. "The members of WMU's chapter are amazing, Thornton said. "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."

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high-achieving first- and second-year students and dedicates itself to the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Membership is by invitation only to those freshmen and sophomores who are in the top 20 percent of their class.

For more information about NSCS, contact Julie Gladstone, WMU chapter member, at or (517) 879-8268.