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What is the biggest benefit of being in NSCS?

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Leah Schklar on August 22nd, 2011:

Benefits of NSCS vary depending on what you put into it. If you join and then do nothing with the membership, all you're going to get is a line on your resume saying you're a member. However, if you take advantage of even SOME of the opportunities, you will definitely get something out of it.


For example, if you attend a few of your chapter's meetings, social events and community service projects, you'll most definitely make some friends and gain some connections. You'll get the opportunity to make a difference and a part of something larger... you'll get to do something GOOD! Chapters work with thousands of different organizations doing things like fundraising and awareness or even just donating their time for tutoring those who need it. If you want examples of chapters doing good things, just check out The Honor Roll at the NSCS blog - http://talknerdy2me.org/the-honor-roll.


Another great benefit is the webinars, professional tips and programs that NSCS offers. For example, the Summer Success Challenge - http://nscs.org/s2challenge. This is a program NSCS put on for 12 weeks this summer where members could participate in a different challenge each week. The challenges focused on reflecting on past semesters and looking towards your future and they truly challenged you to think and prepare for the future. There were prizes given out to weekly winners and at the end of the challenge there will be scholarships given out to the winners.


Speaking of scholarships, there are different ones that open and close all year and they are only available to NSCS members. Some are pretty specific and some are for all members just like some are for smaller amounts and some are for up to $5,000 or $10,000 (though even a scholarship for $500 could really make a dent in paying for expensive textbooks). There are even scholarships for study abroad and scholar at sea programs. These scholarships aren't just handed out to anyone, though - you do have to apply. The application process is different for all of them but they are pretty simple and mostly just take writing a short essay.


These are some amazing benefits. But again, they aren't just handed to you; you have to be proactive and be an actual part of your chapter.

Glam Edwards on August 23rd, 2011:

Leah, I love TalkNerdy2Me what an awesome blog, the story's are motivating and very helpful to the students success. Again I'd like to add that member active participation can make the difference in what you get out of membership. There is always something to do with NSCS, this summer Integrity week was awesome too. I used this event as an opportunity to excite those in my community to participate in a clean up initiative to help reduce pollution associated with trash and debris. For one whole week of Integrity volunteers gathered in the name of Integrity and Project Clean Things to serve our community. It was an awesome experience and I can't wait till next year for Integrity I hope to inspire and engage more volunteers to serve and donate to help us with our mission to ensure our community is clean and free of debris.

Leah Schklar on August 23rd, 2011:

You're awesome, Glam! You always have such wonderful things to say :)

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Jessica H. on August 22nd, 2011:

I had the opportunity to attend an NSCS conference.  I learned and improved upon a variety of skills (i.e. professional interviewing, financial responsibility, public speaking).  At the Ball State chapter, I've had the opportunity to enhance my resume with a range of volunteer activities.  Additionally, I've used the discounts that come with membership - Geico!

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Michelle Chavez on August 20th, 2011:

I just joined this past semester and I'm about to be inducted, but I've been getting the NSCS Scholar Connection emails for months now. It's actually how I got involved being a Campus Splash Virtual Tour Guide Intern! I would say that probably the biggest benefits of being in the program are the opportunity to compete for some scholarships, getting involved with the chapter on campus for volunteering and networking, and being able to put it on your resume. You're a member for life and there are no annual dues or fees. I'd say join, even if you don't truly get involved with the society. 

Glam Edwards on August 23rd, 2011:

Hi Michelle and everyone. I am a new member of NSCS as well for the Everest University Chapter and my induction is coming up in the fall. I love the Scholar Connection emails too they help to keep us informed of opportunity; chapter events, scholarships, networking with others high achievers, product and service discount opportunity and so much more. The biggest benefit for me besides being privy to so many awesome scholarships, and networking opportunities is my chance to help by offering ideas, give peer support, motivate, and just extend my hand to serve an Honor Society that does so much for its members offering us a community to be apart of that add value to the lives of those who actively participate. I ask myself what can I do for NSCS??? My answer is to spread the word about NSCS and Integrity and how even as an online student I have been engaged and inspired to give of myself in service of all the communities I interact with both traditionally and virtually. I've met great people with my membership, I am happy to be apart of the NSCS family and look forward to every opportunity I have to help.

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Mika L. on August 22nd, 2011:

There are a few benefits to being a NSCS member. First off, you get many opportunities to network and get more involved both on and off your campus. Member have access to scholarships, interesting events, volunteer positions and competitive internships! In fact, it was through NSCS that i found out about the CampusSplash Virtual Tour Guide position! Lastly, it looks good on the resume! :) I say go for it!

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Kenneth G. on August 22nd, 2011:

I think there are two types of benefits that NSCS can bring to you: 1) scholarships, discounts, partners that can provide unique benefits such as internships, books discounts ect. 2) Striving benefits. These benefits are what I call leadership growth. You have to be engaging yourself with the NSCS student body. You can be an officer and open a chapter at your local college or university and start from there or just become and officer at a local chapter. It is guaranteed that you will have a leadership growth with the kinds of responsibilities NSCS expects you to reach.  These are benefits that are available, but you have to do the work to earn the benefits. You won’t get these benefits by sitting down and not doing anything. I challenge you and encourage you to get involved. I guarantee you that you will gain the skills that you have never acquire. It is for your best if you want to be a better version of yourself in terms of being the best in your career.

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Steve Loflin on August 23rd, 2011:

We have fun while working really hard to provide numerous benefits for NSCS members. If you have ideas or suggestions for additional things we could be doing, please do not hesitate to let me know. loflin (at) nscs.org

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Robby V. on August 22nd, 2011:

I'll be honest, I am really, really new to all this still. I am going to be inducted in September, so I honestly do not know all the perks of NSCS yet. However, I did go to Convention 2011 in Puerto Rico and I think the things I liked most were more social than anything. However, I think it is unbelievably awesome regardless that I was able to meet so many amazing people from all over the nation. Cliche maybe, but you try being the only one that you know from your school ahead of time. NSCS is made up of great people overall and I think those that take advantage of the opportunity are overall gonna get the most out of it. I plan to take as much out as I can in the upcoming years.

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Alyssa Diehl on August 22nd, 2011:

The biggest benefit for me is the networking and the scholarships. I am a military spouse and stay at home mum and I don't make much money. Within the first year of joining and I applying for many scholarships I actually landed a $1500 scholarship (Board of Directors Award). I also wanted to get more involved so I applied for a few positions and got into the Advisory Council. The work we're doing now is helping us all to connect, communicate, and educate better. I especially like that NSCS is working to get online colleges more invloved and that they will transfer your membership if you move school's. I am originally a student from Kaplan University and am in the process of transferring into Boise State's Pre-Medical Program and of course NSCS has already told me to just give them a call when I'm at BSU and they'll change my chapter for me :-) I have only had a positive experience with NSCS am looking forward to helping them expand and graduating with my new chapter at BSU.

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Kimberly Williams on August 23rd, 2011:

Being a Member of NSCS does not automatically bring rewards unless you are willing to put something into it. Yes, there are literally thousands of dollars of schollarships opened up to you, but you still have to take the initiative to apply for them. Participating in NSCS is extremely rewarding when you consider the opportunities for service, leadership and schollarship it brings. As you become involved in your local chapter, these rewards become more fullfilling and self evident.

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Glam Edwards on August 23rd, 2011:

I am a new member of NSCS as well for the Everest University Chapter and my induction is coming up in the fall. I love the Scholar Connection emails too they help to keep us informed of opportunity; chapter events, scholarships, networking with others high achievers, product and service discount opportunity and so much more. The biggest benefit for me besides being privy to so many awesome scholarships, and networking opportunities is my chance to help by offering ideas, give peer support, motivate, and just extend my hand to serve an Honor Society that does so much for its members offering us a community to be apart of that add value to the lives of those who actively participate. I ask myself what can I do for NSCS??? My answer is to spread the word about NSCS and Integrity and how even as an online student I have been engaged and inspired to give of myself in service of all the communities I interact with both traditionally and virtually. I've met great people with my membership, I am happy to be apart of the NSCS family and look forward to every opportunity I have to help.

Leah Schklar on August 23rd, 2011:

I just love your enthusiasm and positivity, Glam! Your posts always make me smile :)

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Aimee W. on August 23rd, 2011:

As with any organization or society you join, are invited to join, or are inducted to, the benefits directly reflect what you put into it. After I was inducted into NSCS I had no idea how I would benefit from it other than a line on my resume. But through my membership to NSCS I was nominated for a trip to Australia with other business students from all over the world and had an amazing time. I learned about business in Australia (as opposed to America), made great friends, even greater connections for my future career and job endeavors, and got to explore a culture I knew nothing about. My participation in NSCS led me to ISLP (International Scholar Laureate Program) and Australia; you can decide where your membership will take you!

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Isabelle J. on September 1st, 2011:

You can just go to college and have a great GPA, or you can go to college, have a great GPA, and be a part of an organization that not only benefits you academically but socially as well. I am more than excited to be inducted this upcoming October, and although I'm pretty new to the NSCS family, I can already tell that there are so many ways to get involved through my chapter at UCF. I am very fond of volunteering and it is one of my passions, so I would have to say that the biggest benefit that I will take away from this NSCS experience is the opportunity to really give back to the community that I have grown up in :) 

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Sarah C. on August 24th, 2011:

I think it depends on what you put into it. I joined just to have it on my resume & say I belong to a honor society. Then I went to the NSCS conference back in June, & the original reason I went to it was because it was in Puerto Rico. I met a lot of great people at the conference, and saw how many great things they do in NSCS. I hope to get involved this semester in my chapter at Temple University, because last year there weren't many meetings or events.

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Rue Matthews on August 26th, 2011:

I just became a member of NSCS a couple of months ago and I will be inducted on October 4th, but I have already become involved in the Member Advisory Council and involved with an on campus chapter as well as my online chapter. I enjoy all the opportunities that NSCS has to offer and I know I will benefit from becoming a member for the rest of my life.

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Missy Barnett on August 27th, 2011:

The benefits of NSCS can be a variation of things. As long as you are involved in the organization by showing up and participating at meetings, fundraisng, holding an officer position, etc. you will find that NSCS offers so much. You gain friendships, knowledge, leadership skills, and drive to strive in anything that you want to accomplish.


I would definitely reccomend membership in NSCS to anyone who is a hardworker and dedicated to scholastic excellence!

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Efa A. on September 6th, 2011:

For the most part, I think that having an honor society on your resume is a great asset for people whose majors aren't math or science related. I think that people can sometimes look down upon majors in the communications, arts, etc. because they aren't quite as rigorous, but being a part of NSCS reminds classmates, employers, and everyone else that you are an exceptional student and take your courseload seriously. 


There are also a lot of special opportunities offered through NSCS that most members don't realize are exlusive. In the past two years, I've been offered the opportunity to study abroad and apply for scholarships, even though I haven't taken advantage of them.


Overall, I think that it just depends on what school you go to. I am a junior at Seton Hall and am a part of the e-board of our chapter for this academic year. Our chapter holds a number of events throughout the school year that help you connect with your fellow classmates, whether or not they are members. It's like, on top of being a part of a national organization, you get to actively participate as an invited member of it's chapter on your campus.

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Theresa Dold on September 28th, 2011:

Hi all,



I'm not only an NSCS member but also an employee of a company that has partnered with NSCS to provide members with exclusive opportunities.



Let me quickly explain what this company - PlaySay - is and how our partnership with NSCS benefits you:



PlaySay is making language learning fun and social through a first-of-its-kind platform on Facebook. At this time, NSCS members can use this link to access PlaySay's brand new language learning application on Facebook and start learning Spanish - for free! We're also actively polling NSCS members for feedback on which language(s), in addition to Spanish, they'd like to learn through our platform. 


If you have any questions or would like to learn more about PlaySay or NSCS partnerships in general, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email at theresa [at] playsay [dot] com.

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Kailey Christian on November 4th, 2011:

I believe that NSCS has many benefits if you utilize them. It is an organization that is honored by different businesses. Students that are part of NSCS can get discounts from different companies. One example is Allstate insurance gives a discount to NSCS students for car insurance. 


Another benefit is the reward you get from the community service events. You can help a cause in your community and learn more about the needs in you community.


NSCS also provides many scholarships that members can apply for.

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Curry Flora on August 22nd, 2011:

Nothing other than the facebook posts and saying that you are a NSCS. There should be more interaction and help than what is displayed now.

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Eddy Kovacevich on August 22nd, 2011:

Honestly, I haven't seen Any benefit at all. It hasn't helped me get a job or impressed anyone I have interviewed with. I haven't gotten any help getting scholarships a d haven't met anyone throughout thier network. So basically I paid to have an unneeded line on my resume. I woulnd do it again if I were in the same place I was then.

Rue Matthews on August 26th, 2011:

Have you attempted to reach out and become a part of NSCS? One thing I learned is you have to reach out and show that your interested in becoming an active member, there is stuff out there and it really is worth it, they help teach you how to become a leader and help with the different scholarships and job searches. They just redid the website, which to me the older one was a little confusing, so maybe check that out and see if there is anything that you would want to reach out to and become a part of.

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