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Robert Morris University NSCS Chapter Receives Gold Award

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University’s chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has received the Gold STAR Award. The chapter was awarded Gold STAR Status at the 2011 NSCS Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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 Robert Morris University NSCS chapter was founded in 1999. For Richard Failla, the NSCS national staff representative who works with Robert Morris University’s chapter officers, the award comes as no surprise.

“The members of Robert Morris University’s chapter are amazing,” said Failla. “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.”

The chapter’s officers accepted the award on behalf of the officers, chapter advisor and members. The chapter will also receive a $250 Chapter Scholarship and letter to the President of Robert Morris University to commemorate attaining Gold STAR Status.

For the NSCS chapter on Robert Morris University’s campus, the reward of attaining Gold STAR Status is second only to the impact it has had on the community and the bonds it has strengthened between chapter members.

To attain Gold, chapters are required to hold an induction ceremony for new members, create a student mentoring program, hold campus–wide events to support NSCS’ integrity initiative, create an on-campus membership recruitment campaign and engage a campus office in a chapter event.

NSCS chapters can attain one of four STAR 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.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization committed to recognizing and elevating high achievers. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and Membership is by invitation only, to eligible first and second year college students based on grade point average and class standing. NSCS awards more than a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships every year. 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. Learn more about NSCS at or the NSCS Facebook page