The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world
In this Issue: 
Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

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.

“Life is not made up of minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years, but of moments. You must experience each one before you can appreciate it.”

― 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.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Success Corner: 

Society in the News:

Former NBA Star and Current Society Leadership Ambassador Stephen Bardo Talks To Stack Magazine About the Impact of Sports on the Future Success of Student-Athletes

Stephen Bardo, former University of Illinois standout, NBA star, and now a Leadership Ambassador for the Society, took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Stack Magazine and provide insight into the current state of the student-athlete, and how sports impact athletes after their playing careers have ended.

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Chapman University Society chapter motivates students toward leadership with opportunities and training

“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 five-year-old Society chapter at Chapman University is shining on campus and known for positively impacting not only the lives of its members, but the surrounding community as well. Aside from collaboration with other clubs on campus to hold events, the Society chapter holds its own events that are open to the campus community as a whole. The latest brought esteemed educator Erin Gruwell to speak on campus. Gruwell, known for her unique teaching method, was the subject of the 2007 film “Freedom Writers.”

“I can’t emphasize enough how important leadership truly is, and you really can use it in everything,” Davidian said. “You don’t have to be in a certain major or career to be a leader—you can be a leader anywhere. The smallest things can make the biggest difference.”
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The National Society of Leadership and Success presents JCC Foundation with check

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.
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SVSU students receive statewide honors for community service

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.
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Carteret Community College student awarded scholarship

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.

Monthly Motivation: 

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”

― Henry David Thoreau

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!

Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events
and Highlights

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.

San Antonio College

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.

Chapman University

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.


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!

Embossed Alumni Padfolio: This impressive, durahyde padfolio offers a space for everyday work essentials and is perfect for interviews, travel or daily use.

Scholarships and Awards Recipients

We are proud to present the recipients of the Spring 2016 Scholarships and Awards!

Better World Grant
(Amount Varies)

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
($3,000 Each)

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

($2,000 Each)

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
($1,000 Each)

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

($1,000 Each)

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

($1,000 Each)

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

($250 Each)

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.


Society Service Award
(Amount Varies)

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
($1,600 Each)

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

($1,000 Each)

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

($1,000 Each)

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

($1,000 Each)

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

($500 Each)

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

($250 Each)

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

($200 Each)

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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