Contact: Brittany Myles (Brittany.Myles@umit.maine.edu)
ORONO – The University of Maine chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has been awarded Bronze Star status for its members’ community service work on campus and in communities surrounding the university.
The Washington, D.C.-based NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization to invite first- and second-year college students. There are more than 270 student-run chapters, with more than 750,000 members in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Membership is by invitation, based on grade point average and class standing.
NSCS chapters can attain one of four star award levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Levels are determined by the quantity and quality of events a chapter holds annually.
The UMaine chapter has as many as 240 members, according to chapter president Brittany Myles, a sophomore nursing student. Members promote and implement NSCS programs, including PACE (Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence) mentoring program for middle and high school students, and an integrity week initiative.
“We do a lot of ‘anything drives,’ where we collect things for Manna Ministries,” Myles says. “We put jars at local businesses to collect for a good cause — for example, Haiti Relief. We participate in UMaine Cares and Maine Day doing service projects around campus and the community. We also have a career day where we go to the local elementary school and talk about our majors and get kids excited about school and how there is so much out there to offer. We also do fundraising and promote Spruce Run…”
In the coming year, Myles says she plans to recruit more members for service projects and shoot for Silver Star recognition.