The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) chapter at UNCG has been named a Gold Star chapter for the 2016-17 academic year.

The NSCS is a national honor society that recognizes the excellence of undergraduate students in their first or second year of college. Gold Star distinction is designed to formally recognize the hard work and dedication of highly active NSCS chapters.

The recent honor puts UNCG among 330 Gold Star chapters nationally. UNCG is one of two Gold Star chapters in North Carolina.

The UNCG NSCS chapter formed six years ago when a student expressed interest to Spanish faculty member Elisabeth D’Empaire-Wilbert. Now, UNCG’s NSCS chapter is one of the biggest student groups on campus, with nearly 700 active members. D’Empaire-Wilbert serves as the group’s adviser.

In order to join, students must attain at least a 3.4 grade point average and be in the top 20 percent of their class. Additionally, the chapter members engage in service projects – recent projects include participating in the Human Race Walk, donating goods to Greensboro’s Backpack Beginnings program and speaking to students at Pearce Elementary School through the NSCS Planning to Achieve College Excellence (PACE) program.

Current officers in the UNCG NSCS chapter include undergraduate students Jessica Avalos, Jessica Kelley and Meagan Bess.

“They’re very motivated and hardworking,” said D’Empaire-Wilbert about the chapter’s members and officers. “They come up with the ideas and take the initiative.”

The next UNCG NSCS induction ceremony will be Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. in the Elliott University Center Auditorium.

To learn more about the honors organization, visit nscs.org.