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National Society of Collegiate Scholars Inducts 28 New RIC Members

New inductees Danielle LaCroix, Megan Kiley and Michelle Malboeuf with Holly Shadoian, assistant vice president of academic affairs.

New inductees Danielle LaCroix, Megan Kiley and Michelle Malboeuf with Holly Shadoian, assistant vice president of academic affairs.


The National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Rhode Island College has inducted 28 new members.

An induction ceremony was held on Nov. 16 at RIC’s Student Union Ballroom. The society now has about 200 members.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) recognizes academic achievement and provides opportunities for members to develop leadership skills. The society invites first- and second-year college students who have a GPA of 3.4 or higher to join where there is an active chapter.

RIC’s NSCS chapter was founded in 2006. The chapter is one of only three in Rhode Island.

Jessica Souza, chapter president, said the society is heavily focused on promoting leadership development through community service. RIC’s chapter is currently running a school supplies collection to benefit Teach For America and a stuffed animals/small toy collection for Project Focus, which distributes toys to children who have faced with traumatic situations.

“Membership has given me a sense of responsibility, independence and accountability for other people,” Souza said. “It’s also really tied me to this campus. Interacting with fellow members is an extra reason to be around between classes.”

The chapter holds regular general membership meetings, community service events, leadership building activities and team bonding experiences.

“The society is really about being an active member in our community,” Souza said. “There’s a really big focus on leadership.”

NSCS has chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide, in Washington, D.C. and in Puerto Rico. The organization offers several scholarships and holds a Leadership Summit, which gives members the opportunity to engage in discussions surrounding leadership, personal and professional development, social entrepreneurship and other topics.

The newest members of the RIC NSCS chapter are: Alexandra Vielman, Angela Achorn, April Silva, Caitlin Urban, Cami Sylvia, Cara Madonna, Casey Schnetzer, Dale Russo, Danielle LaCroix, Gretchen Trinidad, Isa Cespedes, Jessica Trapassi, Kristen Ricciardelli, Laura Comire, Lindsay Swider, Megan Hornsby, Megan Kiely, Melissa Costa, Melissa Oliveria, Michelle Malboeuf, Nevan Valente, Nicole Alvernaz, Nicole Kulczyk, Norris Polk, Samantha Costa, Sara Santos, Tanya Cabral and Tayla Andrews.