Interested in serving on the
National Council?

As a student representative, you will get involved at the national level of a nonprofit organization, represent nearly 5,000 collegiate members as their voice on the National Council, learn more about the way the Society operates, meet distinguished members and alumni from all over the country, network with other student leaders and professionals and help guide the future of Mortar Board.

Student representative responsibilities include:

  • Attending each annual national conference during your two-year term
  • Participating in monthly meetings virtually
  • Engaging in regular committee work between monthly meetings
  • Traveling to as many as two in-person National Council meetings each year
  • Advocating for collegiate members in all National Council discussions

Qualities desired in a student representative:

  • Be a collegiate member of Mortar Board
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Exhibit excellent time management
  • Possess the ability to work successfully with students, alumni and administrators

Members must complete these four steps to run for student representative at-large:

Indicate your interest

Indicate your interest in running when you register for conference. Then, submit a statement of interest due on or before June 26.

Participate in a screening interview

Participate in a screening interview by zoom with members of the Nominations Committee. The executive director will arrange an appointment soon after you have submitted your statement of interest.

Participate in Zoom meetings

If slated by the Nominations Committee, participate in any subsequent zoom meetings the National Council directs.

Present a speech at the national conference

Stand for election by presenting a two-minute speech to the delegates assembled in conference.


A candidate is permitted to create campaign materials, which may be distributed before voting as a part of the campaign that the candidate chooses to conduct. There is a spending limit of $10.

Outcome of election

Elections are conducted by digital survey collection. If a run-off is necessary, a second ballot will be conducted. The announcement of the results will be made during the conference.


If you would like additional information, please call or email the National Office.