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Nation’s premier collegiate honor society inducts Mesquite woman into membership


A 20-year-old New Mexico State University student from Mesquite, New Mexico, has been honored and recognized by a national organization that connects high-achieving college students and provides resources for their continued success.

Joanna Vasquez, 20, has accepted a lifetime membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), the nation’s leading certified honor society for first- and second-year college students with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.

NSCS invites less than 10 percent of all eligible students nationwide to join its membership ranks each year.

Vasquez is majoring in sociology and says the honor and the resources it brings will help her further her education and reduce stress on herself and her family.

“My parents have always said they have my back if I ever needed something for school,” Vasquez said in an emailed comment. “But I never wanted them to take care of me more than they already do. With this offer, it can extend my horizons and make my family proud.”

Founded in 1994, the NSCS provides its member students with access to more than a million dollars in scholarships, chapter funds and awards each year, professional development resources and leadership and service experiences, among other benefits.

“NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement; it is a distinction of honor,” said Scott Mobley, NSCS executive director. “Our scholars are some of the best of the best who have shown an unwavering commitment to academic excellence early in their collegiate journey. These dynamic individuals embody the NSCS pillars of scholarship, leadership and service, and many go on to become active contributors within their respective fields.”

Notable NCSC distinguished honorary members include former President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Ambassador Dr. Robin Renee Sanders, the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala.

“We welcome Joanna Vasquez to our community of like-minded, high-achieving nationwide scholars,” Mobley said.