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Letter from the President | Society Spotlight | Scholarships and Awards | Monthly Motivation | What's HappeningSpring 2015 Scholarship and Award Winners

Letter From the President: 
Dear Society Member,
As you close the door on the 2014/2015 school year, take a second to reflect on a difficult moment or challenge you faced. It could be a time when you sarcastically thought, “just my luck,” or “this would happen to me.” Or maybe a day when you felt like a dark cloud was following you around, while everyone else was soaking up the sun.
Contrary to what you may think, it’s not just you—no one is immune to adversity and struggle. Adversity comes in all shapes and sizes, but there is always a lesson to be learned from it. The way you view adversity will either negatively affect every aspect of your life or allow you to overcome the anxiety, frustration, heartache, and fear. It all depends on how you choose to look at it. Successful people don’t let negative circumstances weigh them down—they accept that a situation is difficult and use that to fuel new solutions.
The next time you are faced with adversity and things are at their worst, ditch the storm cloud and become a better you. Take control and change the situation before it has the chance to affect you. Remember, the happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of things that come their way.
I’d like to thank you all for another great academic year and hope you have a wonderful start to your summer.  
Best wishes to everyone,
Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success
Success Corner: 

Congratulations Spring 2015 Graduates!

San Antonio College

Texas A&M University

College of The Bahamas

Mount Aloysius College

Spring 2015 Inductions!

St. John's University 


On Wednesday, April 29th, the St. John’s University chapter inducted 383 new members and honored 60 recipients with the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA).

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Penn State - Erie

On Saturday, April 25th, the Society chapter at Penn State Erie inducted 46 members, including four National Engaged Leader Award (NELA) recipients.

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Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute


On Friday, May 1st, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s chapter honored 88 new inductees and hosted Google’s Enoch Moeller as its keynote speaker.

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SUNY Cortland


On Sunday, May 3rd, SUNY Cortland’s executive board celebrated their first semester as a chapter and exceeded their goal of inducting 300 members.

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Kent State University


On Sunday, April 26th, Kent State University's Society chapter recognized 207 members for their outstanding accomplishments. 189 new members were inducted, and 12 of those students also received the National Engaged Leader Award (NELA). In addition, 18 previously inducted members returned to be recognized for NELA.

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Monthly Motivation: 

“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Overcoming Adversity - Are you a Carrot, an Egg or Coffee Beans?


A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life, and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it, and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first pot, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Read the full story here.

Scholarships and Awards: 

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2015 Scholarship and Award recipients!

Emerging Leader Scholarship

The Emerging Leader Scholarship is intended to recognize and reward demonstrated leadership ability and accomplishment.

Dominic Che - Georgia Perimeter College - Dunwoody Campus

Naphtali Bryant - Northeast Lakeview College

Adanna Amaechi - Montclair State University

Autumn Amerson - Illinois Wesleyan University

Tanna Wise - University of the Incarnate Word

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 for this grant is to support endeavors for higher education and assist in extraneous academic expenses.

Rachel Ochoa - University of Michigan

Brenda Batres Pedroza - Palo Alto College

Kayla Rorie - Bowie State University

Crystal Climer - University of Tennessee at Martin

Teal St. Nicklaus - Mercer University - Macon

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.

Gillian Graifman - University of Michigan

Appiah Adubofour - Bluffton University

Saloni Mahtani - The University of Tampa

Bryan Carey - Old Dominion University

Karen Walker - Western Nebraska Community College

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.

Octavia Romano - The City College of New York

Matthew Borowicz - University of Minnesota, Crookston

Jennifer Kent - Southern New Hampshire University

Andre Pullaro - Front Range Community College, Larimer

Enrique Miguel Osborne - College of Southern Maryland

Janeica Hance - Southern New Hampshire University

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.”

Danielle Turner - Georgia Southern University

Teena Hamlin - University of Massachusetts

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.

Adanna Amaechi - Montclair State University

Julia Carter - Pennsylvania State University - University Park

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.

Adanna Amaechi - Montclair State University

Selamawit Thomas - Medgar Evers College

Shelby Liggett - Avila 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.

Elizabeth Lewis - Central Community College - Grand Island

Aniqa Qayyum - New York City College of Technology

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.

Shadarra James - Texas A&M University

Michelle DeWald - North Arkansas College

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.

Rebecca Feuka - University of Michigan

Distinguished Executive Board Member Award

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 Member who receives this award has a made a lasting positive impact on the chapter, as well as the individual who nominates them. Individuals who complete this application must nominate an Executive Board Member who represents one or more of these values: Lead with integrity, Find the greatest way for the greatest number, Get it done, make it fun, Empower and engage individuals, and For the good of the community.

Crystal Gwizdala - Saginaw Valley State University

Online Membership 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 traits are also traits of effective leaders.

Oren Hammerquist - Southern New Hampshire University

Doreen Bowers - Southern New Hampshire University

Timothy D. Cade - Southern New Hampshire University

Adrienne Provost - Southern New Hampshire University

Wilson Whistance-Smith - Davenport University

Advisor of the Year Award

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 recognizes one advisor who truly exemplifies the Society mission and goes above and beyond expectations.

Ashley Kimble - Texas A&M University - Commerce

Student 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. Each year the Society recognizes one Student President who truly exemplifies the Society mission and goes above and beyond expectations.

Trevor Cheatham - University of North Florida

Chapter of the Year Award

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.

Saginaw Valley State University​


Click here to view the full list of our Scholarships and Awards.

What's Happening: 

St. John's University's NSLS Serves!


Dressed in white shirts that read, “What a Difference a Day Can Make,” a group of 10 students from the St. John’s University Society chapter hopped onto a bus last fall, not sure of what to expect, but excited to make a difference. The group traveled to Forestdale Inc., a center that supports families by offering school programs, parenting classes, and medical services.  And what started as a one-day volunteering activity ended up turning into a lasting partnership.  

Read more on our blog.

York College Society Chapter Joins the Autism Speaks Walk


The Society chapter at York College recently participated in Walk Now for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest grassroots autism walk program and the signature fundraising and awareness event for Autism Speaks. The walk takes place in many communities across the United States and Canada, including Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y., where more than 3,000 people—including Society members from York—attended. The chapter’s involvement was organized by Community Service Chair Dolkar Tseki.

Read more on our blog.

2015 National Society Student Graduation Survey Infographic


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Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day.

Keep up the good work!