By Mark Sublette

CLEMSON — The Clemson University chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars has been honored with the Silver Award by the society headquarters in Washington, D.C. The award is determined by the number of categories that the local chapter fulfills in an annual evaluation of its activities and achievements.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is a national honor society open to freshmen and sophomores who have a grade-point average of 3.4 and who are in the top 20 percent of their classes. There are 233 chapters at colleges and universities located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The Clemson chapter has existed five years and recently inducted 503 new members. The chapter president is Shannon Canty, a senior bioengineering major from Kingstree.

The Clemson chapter is involved with various local service projects, including volunteer work at an animal shelter and mentoring of students at Daniel High School in Clemson under the Planning for College Success program. Plans are under way for a volunteer program with an area home for orphans and unwed mothers. A spring project is Integrity Week, when chapter members sponsor a debate and guest speaker. The NSCS March to College program caters to middle and high school students who plan on attending college.

The Clemson chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars also works closely with the university's Michelin Career Center to coordinate meetings, sponsor speakers and help members build their resumes. It  also provides information about what types of co-operative education and internships are available in members' fields of study.