(From left to right) Scott Furtwengler, dean of the San Jacinto College honors program and advisor for the NSCS chapter; Lindsay Bowen, NSCS senior director for chapter development; and SJC Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer.
San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer will serve on the Community College Honorary Board of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
The Board recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the community college world and who embody the NSCS core values of scholarship, leadership, service and integrity. Hellyer joins members from such organizations and institutions as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Los Angeles Southwest College, Miami Dade College and Houston Community College System.
“San Jacinto College supports The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and its mission to further student academic achievement by combining academic excellence and civic responsibility,” said Hellyer. “I am honored for the invitation to serve on the Community College Honorary Board and look forward to working and collaborating with the other board members and NSCS personnel. Our college goals are aligned with the work of NSCS, which provides numerous opportunities for our students.”
The NSCS is a member organization of the Association of College Honor Societies that provides students with opportunities to develop leadership skills, positively change their campuses and communities, as well as prepare for future endeavors. Recognized at 250 campuses across the country, the NSCS offers more money for undergraduate scholarships than any other honor society nationwide, according to its website. Honorary Board of Regents include such high-profiled members as famed poet Dr. Maya Angelou, a Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University; Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; and CEO J.W. Marriott, Jr. of Marriott International, Inc.
San Jacinto College recently established a NSCS chapter for students with at least a 3.6 grade point average and more than 12 credit hours within an academic program. Membership allows students to apply for transfer scholarships, participate in an induction convocation and gain access to NSCS conferences.
“We are impressed with Dr. Hellyer’s accomplishments and efforts in higher education and truly appreciate her support of the NSCS Community College Program,” said Lindsay Bowen, NSCS senior director for chapter development. “We look forward to working with the newly chartered San Jacinto College chapter of NSCS and gaining valuable insight from Dr. Hellyer as we continue to move forward in the launch of this program.”