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NSCS 2017 Officers (L-R) Vincent Eddie, VP of Community Services; Jazmin Jasso, VP of Social Media; Guadalupe Chao Zambrano, VP of Public Relations; Jasmine Saldana, NSCS Treasurer; Fabiola Najera, VP of Planning to Achieve College Excellence (PACE); Samuel Pacheco, NSCS Secretary.
Oct.25 at the Administrative Services Center building A, an event was held for future college students.
They were all being inducted as new members in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars at El Paso Community College (NSCS).
“Recently, in the spring, I was offered to become a new member in the NSCS community and I took the opportunity.
It seems like they have a lot of opportunities like scholarships and there are many ways to be appreciated for what you do in the academic field,” Joshua Trinidad, Valle Verde Early College High School (VVECHS) student, said .
This event started at 6 p.m. with students and parents lining up to sign in, followed by all inductees lining outside the auditorium.
This year over 100 students were inducted mostly coming from the EPCC Early Colleges and more coming from the surrounding high schools in El Paso.
“They sent me a email and I accepted. It gives me access to scholarships that I wouldn’t have access without being inducted,” Juliana Adams, VVECHS student, said.
The event started with the chapter officers, Guadalupe Zambrano vice President of Public Relations, Vincent Eddi, Vice President of Community Service, Jazmin Jasso, Vice President of Social Media, Fabiola Najera Vice President of Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (PACE) program, Samuel Pacheco, NSCS Secretary, and Jasmine Saldana, NSCS Treasurer. Followed by all the inductees.
The event started with the advisor for NSCS, Rose Lopez, introducing the chapter officers followed by Dr.
Naomi Waissman, professor of biology at Transmountain campus, gave a keynote address about “The Benefits of Service.”
The students were then called up and given a membership pin to symbolize their membership.
At the end of ceremony the students and their parents gathered a separate room for cake and drinks to talk about the event.
The EPCC NCSC chapter began in December of 2014.
They started with 569 members and three officers along with Valle Verde counselor, Deborah Knapp.
The first induction ceremony was held in the spring of 2015.
“This is a club that started back in 1994 at George Washington university and we are a chapter here at El Paso Community College and were honored today we have over a 100 members,” said Lopez
Membership is by invitation only and is offered to freshman and sophomore students who carry a 3.4 GPA or higher according to Lopez.
To this select group of students, NCSC offers benefits including scholarships, access to career resources, internships and leadership opportunities at both campus and national levels.
“It shows that the student is focused on their education and that they work very hard in their community and volunteering free service and becoming strong leaders in our community,” said Lopez.
Information about EPCC’s NSCS chapter events and meetings will be announced through the Portal and social media.
Also, information about NSCS programs, national events, and opportunities can be found at www.NSCS.org.