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NSLS members across the country are actively working in being leaders who make a better world. You can find some of their stories covered in the news below.

   NSLS Member Vernell Wilson Collects Donations for 954 Meals
Posted on: Oct/01/2020
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NSLS member Vernell Wilson raised money to combat hunger for her For my Better World Project. Combining her passion for writing, through her business, ARight for U, “Will Write for you,” with a humanitarian cause, she decided to donate portions of sales proceeds from Arise AM t-shirts, tote bags, tumblers, and mugs, to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Gleaners in return matched Wison’s donation.

Citing contributions of  Ayesha Bromell, Craig Wilson, Craig Emery Wilson, Raquelle Wilson, and Yolanda Baston and Laura Rhodes of Gleaners, Wilson shared a letter expressing from Gleaners Food Bank expressing gratitude for her efforts.

Wilson also received matched donations from other vendors as well, including Ford Motor Company. Together, the total raised was $1,908. This donation helped Gleaners reach children, families, seniors, and other “hungry neighbors.” Wilson is elated by the rewarding,  positive impact the donation made on the community. Visit Vernell Wilson’s at, for additional information.

   NSLS Member Receives 2020 Excellence in Mathematical Sciences Award
Posted on: Sep/01/2020
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NSLS member Shelby Dalton, a graduate of Shawnee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences was awarded the 2020 Excellence in Mathematical Sciences Award.

“Evening of Honors,” an annual event held at Shawnee State University recognizing outstanding students in all academic majors, was presented virtually on SSU Student Life Facebook page due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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   NSLS Member Receives a $5,000 Scholarship
Posted on: Jul/29/2020
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WKU senior Garrett Leet, a finance major from Louisville, is one of 12 students nationwide chosen to receive a $5,000 scholarship as part of the 8th annual TD Ameritrade RIA NextGen Scholarships and Grants program.

“I am beyond honored to be chosen for the TD Ameritrade NextGen Scholarship and in many ways, this is a confirmation that I’m on the right path as I pursue a career in financial planning,” said Leet, who serves as an Associate Financial Coach in WKU’s Center for Financial Success, is  Vice President of the Financial Planning Association and is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, and The Mahurin Honors College.

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   NSLS Member receives Chevron/SWE Scholarship
Posted on: Jul/01/2020
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MACON – Mercer University rising junior Emily Wilbourn recently received the Chevron/SWE Scholarship from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

The $5,000 award is annually presented to 18 high-achieving female students enrolled in an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology or computing.

Wilbourn, from Jefferson, is a computer science major with a minor in math. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, as well as graph theory and how it applies to computer science.

“I am extremely grateful that I was selected for the Chevron/SWE Scholarship,” said Wilbourn. “Earning this scholarship allows me to devote more time to studying and participating in extracurricular activities rather than worrying about how I’m going to pay for school. I’m thankful for the support that the Society of Women Engineers has given me the past couple years. I’m also grateful to my professors here at Mercer, my coworkers at Georgia Tech Research Institute, my friends and my family who have never given up on me.”

At Mercer, Wilbourn serves as treasurer for SWE, a member of the Mercer Wind Ensemble and an inductee in the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is also a visiting student researcher at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Warner Robins, where she has assisted with independent verification and validation (IV&V) planning and execution for major Air Force programs.

“Emily is well-deserving of the Chevron/SWE scholarship. She is an excellent scholar, applying her studies in math and computer science at conferences and in research initiatives. Emily is also an active and well-respected member of the campus community,” said Dr. Jennifer Goode, instructor of technical communication and faculty adviser to Mercer’s chapter of SWE. “All of us in the Mercer chapter are very proud of her accomplishments and recognition at the national level.”

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   COC makes a second donation to Henry Mayo
Posted on: Apr/20/2020
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College of the Canyons classified staff members made their second delivery to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, providing the emergency room staff with lunch with some help from community donors and funds raised through a GoFundMe campaign

Cynthia Madia, the campaign’s organizer and an administrative assistant for Career Services and Cooperative Work Experience Education at COC, began fundraising simply as a small-scale leadership project for The National Society of Leadership and Success.

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   NSLS Launches COVID-19 Webinar Series featuring Dr. Martin Makary and Dr. Justin M. Sacks
Posted on: Mar/24/2020
   Press Release

JERSEY CITY, N.J., March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)—the nation's largest leadership honor society—is launching a free COVID-19 webinar series titled "Lead From Home" this Wednesday, March 25 at 3 p.m. EST. In partnership with doctors—including Dr. Martin Makary and Dr. Justin M. Sacks—and college administrators, the series aims to address the fatal medical implications of refusing to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 virus outbreak, explain how college administrations are handling the delivery of educational services during the pandemic and give a platform for the public to ask questions.

"Universities across the country have taken tremendous steps by suspending in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester to encourage social distancing, but we've seen students—and young adults across the country—ignore the advice of health professionals and their local government," said NSLS President Charles Knippen. "We're hoping our webinar will shed light on the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus, help college administrators understand what's happening nationally on campuses and drive participants to do the right thing: stay home."


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   NSLS Adds Steve Madden to its Spring Broadcast Speakers Lineup
Posted on: Mar/05/2020
   Press Release

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the nation’s largest leadership honor society, is pleased to announce that Steve Madden, founder of Steven Madden, LTD, will be joining The NSLS’s Spring 2020 Broadcast Speakers Lineup for a presentation on March 10th, 2020.

Steve Madden is a designer, visionary, and businessman best known for building a multi-billion dollar company that he started from the trunk of his car in 1990. Today, Madden dedicates part of his time to educating young people on entrepreneurship, growing a successful business, and avoiding common pitfalls. During the broadcast, Madden will share with NSLS members the importance of never selling yourself short, avoiding shortcuts, and how your past doesn’t have to define your future.

The presentation is scheduled to be held at St. Peter’s University on Tuesday, March 10th, at 7:02 pm EST. Interactive broadcasts of the talk will be available to all students of the hosting universities that have The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapters.

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   Teresa Balestreri receives Excellence in Service Award
Posted on: Feb/03/2020
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Judging by Career Services’ location in a nook on the second floor of the Millennium Student Center, it would be easy to assume not much happens there. But that couldn’t be more wrong.

What has been termed “a small but mighty staff” is tasked with guiding nearly 10,000 University of Missouri—St. Louis students toward achieving their career goals.

Director Teresa Balestreri stands at the department’s helm. Through her 22 years at UMSL, she’s focused on doing all she can to help students succeed. On Dec. 6, that dedication earned her an Excellence in Service to Students Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success.

Balestreri’s job encompasses a lot of roles – all designed to connect students with potential employers. Career Services offers job and internship search strategies, resume writing assistance and interview tips. Even before students reach the job-hunting stage, the department provides guidance on possible career paths within each major.

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   Toys for Tots Drive
Posted on: Jan/03/2020
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Island University - a part of TexasA&M University in Corpus Christi, held its 14th annual Toys For Tots event in association with The National Society of Leadership and Success. The school is the only university in the nation located on its own island, at the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast. Their campus organization “Islander Lights’ sold tickets to the public to raise money for the event which welcomed Santa, a tree lighting ceremony, food, arts and crafts, and toy donations that surprised and delighted the children. 

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   Community Service is a way to give back - Alcorn State University NSLS
Posted on: Dec/05/2019
   News Article

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is a community service and scholarship organization on the campus of Alcorn State University (ASU). The organization was founded at ASU on February 7, 2012 and its main goal is to not only assist the faculty, staff and students of Alcorn but to step outside of the campus and reach those in the surrounding community.

In October, the NSLS attended a leadership conference in Houston, Texas where they learned how to develop better leadership skills upon which they brought back to the campus and discussed with existing members on how to use them. President Alyssa Vessel, a Junior Political Science major from Baton Rouge, Louisiana received a scholarship while attending the event.

Throughout the Fall semester the NSLS has been actively contributing to the community. According to Vice President Shanique Strickland, a Sophomore Criminal Justice and Social Work major from Memphis, Tennessee, “Some of the events that we’ve done thus far have been a parking lot cleanup called ‘Shake the Yard Back’ which happened the morning after Homecoming, the ‘Shake Back Drive’ where kits were prepared with Saltine Crackers, Gatorade and water bottles and sat at the front desk of every dorm to assist students after the Southern University home game, a Lollipop Roulette which was held in the Dr. Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining facility and we visited the Jefferson County Nursing Home in Fayette, Mississippi where we spent time with the elderly.”

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