Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service.
Since its founding in 1918, Mortar Board has grown and evolved to match the needs of members, providing exclusive service and educational opportunities that only Mortar Board can offer.
The Agathai chapter of Mortar Board was founded in 1939 at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since then, our chapter has become the premier honor society for college seniors at the university. Every year we invite the top students in each senior class to apply for membership and applicants are chosen for their demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and community service. As members of Mortar Board, we desire to share our unique talents and abilities to support the ideals of the university, to advance a spirit of scholarship, to recognize and encourage leadership, to provide service, and to establish the opportunity for a meaningful exchange of ideas as individuals and as a group.
Mortar Board functions as an honor society rather than an honorary. The difference is that while an honorary exists solely for the purpose of honoring its members, an honor society, although composed of members who have already distinguished themselves and been recognized for such, continues to make significant contributions to college and community life. Belonging to an honor society carries a commitment of individual and group participation. Therefore, Mortar Board members are not an idle part of the organization, but are active and involved, accepting the responsibility and obligation to be devoted to their chapters. Mortar Board members passionately decided to participate in an organization-wide national project to help make a difference: literacy, by way of the national "Reading is Leading" initiative.
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