First came the question, “What is NSCS?” Then came the induction.  You saw that your chapter organized a variety of services and social events. You may have participated in them and also may have decided to become an officer.  Graduation came and went.

Now what?

You asked the question and we have the answer!  The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is pleased to launch the NSCS Alumni Advisory Board. The NSCS Alumni Advisory Board is a special opportunity for a select number of NSCS members to serve in an advisory capacity to the NSCS national staff and Board of Directors.  The Alumni Advisory Board consists of NSCS alumni, including former chapter officers, current and former NLC members, as well as active members.

The Alumni Board’s mission is to strategically implement activities/programs for alumni engagement, support initiatives presented by the NSCS national office, serve as a resource to provide feedback from alumni and coordinate funding/scholarship opportunities for NSCS.  The board’s goal is to communicate new initiatives and opportunities available specifically for alumni.

The current board members, which include former National Leadership Council (NLC) President Andrew Bruskin, Former Chapter President Alexander Flowers, former NSCS staff member Ciara Ginyard and former NLC Vice-President Kenneth Wilson, began to build this dynamic group of alumni during their first board meeting in March 2011.  A year later, they launched a special opportunity for alumni to become engaged in NSCS and take their leadership and networking skills to the next level.  “Being part of the board is a phenomenal experience, especially when it comes to expanding your contacts among other alumni, in both the professional and business world,” Bruskin explained.  “We are hoping that there are other NSCS members who are excited about taking NSCS to greater heights among its alumni base and are interested in joining the Alumni Board to receive greater recognition, whether that person owns a business or is a full-time professional.”

When it comes to networking and professional advancement, Ginyard has this to offer to alumni who may be interested in joining the board: “Networking is crucial and with over half a million alumni, that is a very strong support base to take your business or organization to a national level.”

To apply for this special opportunity, please visit the NSCS website.

About NSCS
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities as well as access to over a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS Members are deeply committed to leadership, service and scholarship and, as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.

Andrew Bruskin was president of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ National Leadership Council from 2007-2008 and has been president of its Alumni Advisory Board since 2010.  He is chairman of the board of directors of Ecnaillá Groupe and will be working for a law firm in New York City upon graduating William & Mary Law School. For questions or comments, he can be reached at and, of course, on Facebook.

Currently, Ciara Ginyard serves as a National Urban Fellow pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Ciara first worked at NSCS serving as a Youth Engaged in Service (Y.E.S.) Ambassador in partnership with the Points of Light Institute. She felt compelled to increase her impact on youth as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in Honduras.  Being a Peace Corps volunteer added profound depth to her calling to serve. Ciara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University. She remains active in her collegiate organizations as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of the National Society Collegiate Scholars (and founding member of the Syracuse University chapter).