Willamette University undergraduate Mortar Board chapter earns national award

The Willamette University undergraduate Cap & Gown chapter of Mortar Board recently received a Silver Torch award, a national honor that recognizes excellence in meeting standards and dedication to the Mortar Board principles of leadership, scholarship and service.

Mortar Board is a senior honorary society that serves as a resource for high-achieving, motivated students to forge bonds and give back to the community, preparing them for lifelong commitment to service and excellence in scholarship. Of Mortar Board's 227 chapters, 77 earned the award.

The Willamette chapter makes discreet appearances around campus to encourage scholarship, such as putting candy in mailboxes during finals. The chapter currently has 25 members and is entering its 53rd year on campus.

Willamette chapter President Victoria Mayfield '11 was present in Chicago to accept the award.

"Being presented with the Silver Torch Award is a humbling recognition for us, especially considering the small size of our student body," she says.

For more information about honorary societies at Willamette, visit the student activities website.