University of Central Florida’s chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) was awarded Gold STAR status at the organization’s convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The society is an honors organization for high achieving first- and second-year students, and there are more than 300 student-run chapters at universities across the country. UCF’s chapter was founded in 1999.

UCF chapter officers accepted the award, and the chapter also will receive a $250 Chapter Scholarship and a letter will go to UCF President John C. Hitt.

To attain Gold status, chapters are required to hold an induction ceremony for new members, create a student mentoring program, hold campus events to support the society’s integrity initiative, create an on-campus membership recruitment campaign and engage a campus office in a chapter event.

Chapters can attain one of four STAR status levels of bronze, silver, gold or platinum. Each level is determined by the quantity and quality of events a chapter held the previous year.