Motar Board - National College Senior Honor Society

Chapter Awards

Chapters should be honored for the excellence they exhibit throughout the year. All chapters are able to achieve the Silver Torch, which signifies the chapter has met minimum standards. The minimum standards a chapter must achieve can be reviewed in the Bylaws on page 6, section 1.22.

All chapters are encouraged to nominate themselves for higher honors such as the Project Excellence Award, the Gold Torch Award, Most Improved Chapter and our highest honor, the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award. Nominations for all awards are due on or before May 15. These deadlines, and others, are listed on the calendar and with report forms.

View past award-winning chapters here.

Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award

The highest honor to any chapter, the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award, is given to  a chapter that has performed with excellence in chapter operations, advising, visibility, communications and participation. This year, the chapter that checked all of these boxes is the University of Washington’s Tolo chapter.

Although the year began with a smaller than normal class size for Tolo, this only served to inspire members to increase chapter visibility. Through social media and communications chair, Melissa Hedwall’s, passionate promotions Tolo increased their class size with a successful fall selection. The leadership seen from Tolo chapter this year was astounding. Even though Service Chair Arica Schett studied abroad one quarter, the chapter held six big service projects, each one unique.

Through bonfires and summer barbecues, Tolo members developed close friendships, which was essential to their success. Teamwork and friendship are what led to the nearly 100% member participation at events throughout the year. The chapter catered to all members’ busy schedules and always kept everyone updated on chapter meetings. When asked about the chapter’s success, incoming Chapter President Marium Raza said, “Our combination of service, leadership and scholarship has created such an atmosphere of inclusivity, that Mortar Board stands as one of the greatest organizations on our campus.”

Freeman and Fox Most Improved Chapter

Wichita State University’s Fairmount chapter waded through hardship to achieve beyond expectations  by increasing community involvement and creating a foundation for future success.

This year’s members worked together to increase documentation and compile guides for future officers. This will allow for the Fairmount chapter to only increase its success in the years to come.

Reaching out was a continuous theme in the past year for Fairmount. They gained new members representative of diverse student communities by reaching out to different student organizations. In one case, the chapter created a new Mortar Board Legacy award to present to one man and one woman involved in Greek Life. This award offered $100 and a paid membership by the chapter into Mortar Board.

The commendable ambition of the chapter led to a great increase in community involvement. With dedication to promotion, their October Book Drive turned out to be a big hit, receiving over 225 donated books. A Mortar Board Week event allowed for even more books to be donated and engagement by members of the campus community who wrote notes to be placed into the books as bookmarks. The Reading Is Leading event solidified the growing bond between Mortar Board’s Fairmount chapter and the local community as members read to  and made crafts with children. The chapter also partnered with Freddie’s Frozen Custard to collect donations for a local school district.

Fairmount advisor Rachel Tuck, encouraged others from struggling chapters saying, “There is always going to be a light at the end of the tunnel. It might be hard but members will share their passion for Mortar Board with those that they have selected. It might just take time.”

Project Excellence Award - 2019 Winners

Project Excellence Awards recognize outstanding chapter projects with high member participation. A chapter must apply or be nominated to receive this award. Thirty-six chapters were recognized for sixty-eight projects held in 2018-2019.









Gold Torch Award - 2019 Winners

Gold Torch honors chapters that exemplify scholarship, leadership, and service. They are dedicated to Mortar Board and its purpose and Ideals, and are active on their campus in ways that improve the quality of student life.  Twenty-six chapters were awarded the Gold Torch.


Silver Torch - 2020

Adrian College
The University of Akron
The University of Alabama
University of Arizona
Ball State University
Butler University
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Colorado State University
Cornell College
Denison University
Drury University
Florida State University
Fort Hays State University
Grove City College
Hanover College
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Lawrence University
The University of Miami
University of Minnesota Duluth
Mississippi State University
Mississippi University for Women
University of Mississippi
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Montana
The University of New Mexico
University of North Dakota
Northern Michigan University
Northwestern University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma Baptist University
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
Salem College
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Texas Wesleyan University
The University of Toledo
Washburn University
Westminster University