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Letter from the President
Dear Society Member,
By now, most of you have navigated final exams and are wrapping up another successful academic year. Before you dive into your summer activities, I want to take this opportunity to share with you the importance of living in the moment rather than trying to capture it.
It is something we have all been guilty of at one time or another. Whether it’s at a concert, counting down to the New Year or spotting something interesting on campus, our natural instinct is to retrieve our phones to capture the moment with a photo or video. What we may not realize, is how much we’re missing while trying to document the moment. Consider this —how often do you look back and watch those shaky, low-quality videos you recorded during a concert or event? And how much time and effort did you exhaust trying to keep steady while watching the live act on your screen to make sure it was centered?
While it is great to capture a memory digitally, resist the urge to document your life, and instead be present in the now. Watching the replay on your phone will never match the feeling of experiencing something for the first time in person.
― Sarah Ban Breathnach
This month, I would like to encourage each and every one of you to experience the present. Take in the sights, embrace the scents, relish the company you’re in and appreciate the moment. You’ll be surprised how powerful a single instance can be when you’re not concentrating on capturing it.
Congratulations on a successful academic year and I hope you have a wonderful start to your summer.
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Product Update: Society Alumni Recognition Package - ENGRAVING OPTION NOW AVAILABLE
Congratulations! Society members graduating this semester will soon find themselves taking their next first step. Whether that means moving into a first apartment, first office, or both, the Society's Alumni Recognition Package will keep alumni organized and motivated.
The Society Alumni Recognition Package includes:
Alumni Recognition Keepsake with Personalization Option*: Place this on your home or office desk to commemorate your present achievements while reminding you to continue setting SMART goals while on your path to future success. The Society Alumni Seal is encased in a 3” x 7/8” clear lucite round with a flat bottom.
*Engrave your keepsake with your name, chapter and graduation year!
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We are proud to present the recipients of the Spring 2016 Scholarships and Awards!
Better World Grant
Have you ever thought of something that could greatly help your campus or community, but then wondered, “How could I make that happen?” The National Society of Leadership and Success has created this grant to support these endeavors and provide our members the opportunity to carry out these positive goals. Develop a proposal for a project, business, or other endeavor that supports the Society mission: Building leaders who make a better world.
AMERA-RIME L. - New York City College of Technology ($3,500)
CHRISTINE T. - University at Buffalo ($1,500)
Academic Excellence Scholarship
Higher education is one of the most valuable investments any individual can make. It requires commitment to education and discipline to persevere through the academic rigors of undergraduate or graduate studies. The Society recognizes inducted members that exemplify leadership accomplishments, as well as high academic standing.
AMANDEEP K. - California State University, Bakersfield
TIFFANI A. - Mercer University - Macon
Global Leader Scholarship
To support the preparation for tomorrow’s global leaders, The National Society of Leadership and Success has proudly established this scholarship for individuals who have a vision to make an impact on a global platform. Selected winners must participate in the official Society Blog (or share an external blog) during their study abroad experience.
MELANIE M. - Indiana University Bloomington
ALYSSA G. - Temple University
Online Member Leadership Award
An online student possesses unique qualities and requires serious commitment in order to balance work, home, family and studies. To be successful, an online student has to be open minded, communicative, self-motivated and self-disciplined, and possess critical thinking and decision making skills. These are also the traits of effective leaders.
JAVIER O. - Southern New Hampshire University - College of Online and Continuing Education
WENDY B. - Columbia Southern University
ANGELA S. - DeVry University – Decatur
DIANE W. - Columbia Southern University
MICHAEL S. - Columbia Southern University
Inspirational Leader Award
The power of creativity and imagination is infinite. It can create a movement, evoke emotion, inspire a change, and be a source of empowerment. Leadership can play an important role in art, music, and other creative forms, and not be limited to actions and words.
RONNI LYNN K. - Odessa College
TONYA P. - The University of Texas at San Antonio
MERCEDES A. - Oklahoma City University
ANNA P. - University of Texas at Dallas
Financial Aid Tuition Scholarship
Higher education costs have risen each year, and many students struggle to pursue their undergraduate or graduate degrees with little to no financial aid. We understand the financial burden of this academic investment, and The National Society of Leadership and Success designates a certain amount of scholarship funds to those who are in need of financial assistance for tuition and fees.
ZACHARY W. - Lebanon Valley College
BRANDY A. - Kent State University
KAYLA B. - Central Michigan University
JOURDAN M. - University of Louisiana at Lafayette
VANESSA B. - Davenport University
President of the Year Award
Our Student Presidents play a pivotal role at each chapter. With countless hours of dedication and commitment to helping others discover and achieve their dreams, they persevere to manage their academic, personal, and professional priorities with success. He or she is dependable, self-motivating, and serves as a positive role model among their peers.
STEPHANIE S. - Pittsburg State University
NEHAL T. - University of North Carolina - Charlotte
GITZEL R. - University of Houston - Downtown
ALYSSA P. - Southwest Minnesota State University
ALLISON O. - University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Chapter of the Year Award
($1,400 to Chapter)
$300 for each e-board member (12 max)
Each year, the Society recognizes one chapter for the impact it has had upon both its members and the community. This prestigious award is received by the chapter that continuously demonstrates excellent leadership to its members, campus, and community.
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - CORPUS CHRISTI
Society Service Award
The National Society of Leadership and Success recognizes members who truly embody and live by the Society mission: Building leaders who make a better world. To reward these exceptional leaders, we are honored to provide this prestigious scholarship to those who not only lead by example, but have repeatedly proven their dedication to give back to their communities.
FRANCOISE N. - Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College ($4,000)
ALLISON Q. - Online Chapter ($3,000)
JAMES RICHARD K. - Columbia Southern University ($2,000)
CLEOPATRA F. -Clayton State University ($2,000)
Dream Support Grant
The Society aims to empower and engage individuals in embarking upon their dreams and aspirations. We recognize that working towards a personal goal takes unlimited hard work, unyielding determination, and unbreakable courage that must defy all odds. The purpose of this grant is to support individuals in achieving their dream.
TIERRA H. - Howard University
JAYME B. - Colorado State University - Pueblo
WILL O. - Wabash College
ISAIAH R. - Wake Technical Community College
Emerging Leader Scholarship
The Emerging Leader Scholarship is intended to recognize and reward demonstrated leadership ability and accomplishment.
SHELBY G. - University of Colorado Colorado Springs
LINDSEY S. - Texas A&M University
ANGELINA G. - Manhattanville College
JACY L. - Sam Houston State University
SAMUEL L. - National Louis University
Student Leadership Program Grant
The National Society of Leadership and Success designates a certain amount of scholarship funds to those who are in need of financial assistance for additional training and education outside of tuition.
JULIA C. - University of Pittsburgh
LYNN L. - National Louis University
ANGELA O. - Texas A&M University - Commerce Online
Advisory Leadership Program Grant
Society Chapter Advisors are vital in the development, perpetuation, and strength of the Society mission. Not only are they mentors and leaders to the Executive Board and local chapter members, but also as a liaison with the campus administration. Each year the Society designates a certain amount of scholarship funds to those who are in need of financial assistance for continuing professional training and education.
CHRISTINE H. - Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles
KRYNN L. - Central Community College - Columbus
DEBORAH M. - Vista College - Longview
Financial Aid Materials Grant
The National Society of Leadership and Success designates a certain amount of scholarship funds to those who are in need of financial assistance towards undergraduate or graduate degrees. The purpose of this grant is to support endeavors for higher education and assist in extraneous academic expenses.
TEAL S. - Mercer University - Macon
DAISIA W. - Temple University
QUIANA C. - College of the Albemarle
DAVID H. - Valdosta State University
AMANI M. - Davenport University
Advisor of the Year Award
The Society Chapter Advisors are vital in the development and strength of the Society's mission. Not only are they mentors and leaders to the executive board and local chapter members, but are also a liaison between the campus administration and the Society.
DR. BRENDA R. - Pittsburg State University
LIZ C. - Dean College
EBONY R. - Florida Southern College
GWEN G. - University of Pittsburgh
DEBORAH M. - Vista College - Longview
Executive Board Member of the Year Award
The Society Executive Board Members serve as the eyes and ears of the chapter. They ensure that the members, events, funds, and general health are supported, updated, and at their best. The Executive Board members that receive this award have made a lasting positive impact on their chapter, as well as on the individual that nominated them.
MAKKAH H. - Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
CHANDLER B. - Spring Hill College
SERINA O. - Front Range Community College
Congratulations to all of our Spring 2016 Scholarships and Awards recipients!
Click here to view the full list of our Scholarships and Awards.
We thank all of you who have applied for the Spring 2016 Scholarships and Awards. The Society receives a very high volume of applications each semester, and it is with regret that we cannot award them all. We strongly encourage you to apply for the Fall 2016 semester (submission period begins in September) and continue in your dedication to being leaders who make a better world.
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Society in the News:
To continue reading and to watch the video of Bardo's full interview, click here.
“I’ve been a leader most of my life, so having a club that can help you stand out, learn more about your own leadership skills and how to work with other leaders—that’s something I wanted to emphasize and make sure we could bring to life,” Chapter President Davidian said. “College is such an important time in learning who you are and sharpening your skills.”
The “Jefferson Community College (JCC) Foundation” was honored to accept a donation from the JCC Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. A $1,200 donation was presented to the Foundation to establish The National Society of Leadership and Success Grant to be awarded to future Society members to assist with the cost of NSLS membership, professional development opportunities and other leadership-oriented memberships.
On Thursday, April 7th, Society member Mallory Rivard was one of two students from Saginaw Valley State University honored for her community-minded actions during the Michigan Campus Compact Awards Gala in East Lansing. Both students received a “Commitment to Service” award for their extensive community involvement.
Rachel Royal, President of the chapter at Carteret Community College was awarded the 2016 North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division Student Scholarship on Friday, May 6th. Rachel was recognized at the NCBAR Paralegal Division Annual Meeting at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.
University of Houston
On Thursday, May 5th, the Society chapter at the University of Houston held its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony. A chapter record 67 new members were inducted.
The Society chapter at San Antonio College inducted 75 members and honored 16 NELA recipients on Monday, May 9th, followed by its Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14th.
On Friday, May 6th, the Society chapter at Chapman University inducted 33 new members at its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony.
University of Central Florida
On Saturday, April 23rd the Society chapter at the University of Central Florida organized an executive board retreat for local outgoing and incoming chapter Presidents. The day focused on team building, goal setting, and establishing action plans for the upcoming year. Attendees included Society members from Florida State University and University of South Florida, plus special guests Claire Sarlo and Cory Galano from the National Office.
Palo Alto College
The Society chapter at Palo Alto College held its Spring 2016 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, May 5th. 116 new inductees were honored, along with 35 NELA recipients.
To view more images from these events, as well as recent activity from other Society chapters, visit us on Flickr.
― Henry David Thoreau