20th Anniversary of NSCS; Colin Powell to Speak April 30

Twenty Years After Trusting His ‘Crazy Idea,’ Founder Steve Loflin to Celebrate

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Anniversary and Important Milestones


Colin Powell to Provide Remarks at Anniversary Gala


WASHIGNTON, D.C. — April 11, 2014 — “Never Say Never” is the theme of the 20th Anniversary Gala of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars because it embodies the overriding spirit it took founder and CEO Steve Loflin, and the entire organization, to reach this moment. The nonprofit honor society that recognizes high-achieving first- and second-year students now has more than 1 million members, will make more than $1 million in scholarships available to members this year and is the fastest growing honor society in the U.S.


The Anniversary Gala will include remarks from Hon. Gen. Colin Powell, who will speak about the importance of community service and higher education.


“In remembering the early days, I recall that cynics said we didn’t need another honor society. Then they said our model wouldn’t work for online learning. They also claimed it could never expand to include community colleges. I’m incredibly grateful that our supporters, members and NSCS colleagues persevered. Because we overcame these doubts, we’ve helped more students complete their degrees and have contributed millions of hours in community service,” says Loflin.


WHO:             Hon. Gen. Colin Powell (remarks at approximately 6:30 p.m.)

Michael Robbins, Former Senior Advisor for Nonprofit Partnerships,

U.S. Department of Education

NSCS board members, supporters, members and friends


WHAT:          20th Anniversary Gala for NSCS


WHERE:       The Hay-Adams

800 16th St., N.W.

Washington, D.C.


WHEN:          Wed., April 30

6–9 p.m.






Adam Shapiro




The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (www.nscs.org) provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities. Because NSCS is able to connect with students early in their academic life, it successfully establishes an important connection for them with their peers at four-year universities.


NSCS was established in 1994 at The George Washington University on the principle that with scholarship there is a responsibility to obtain leadership and a duty to perform service. It’s a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is a recognized organization at 300 campuses across the country, including a growing number of community colleges.


NSCS members must be a first- or second-year college student in the top 20 percent of their class with a GPA of 3.4 or above.