Scholars....chosen for scholarship...united to serve!

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Welcome to the Penetralia Chapter of Mortar Board official website. Mortar Board, Inc. is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.It provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promote service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

Fast Facts

Founding date: February 15, 1918

Founding Chapters: Cornell University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, and Swarthmore College.

Motto: Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ), letters that correspond to three Greek words representing the ideals of Mortar Board: scholarship, leadership and service.

Symbol: A Mortar Board, an ancient symbol of honor and distinction, represents the organization. Many early scholars also adopted the clerical or monastic robes as a symbol, illustrating their devotion to the profession of learning.

Colors: Gold (representing achievement) and silver (symbolizing opportunity)

Pin: Shaped like a black Mortar Board with the Greek letters representing the motto engraved in gold.

Official Publication: Semi-annual magazine, the Mortar Board Forum.

Membership: Nearly a quarter of a million members have been initiated across the nation. There are 229 chartered collegiate chapters, along with 19 alumni chapters.

National Project: In 1985, the collegiate members decided they wanted each chapter to engage in and actively promote a national project each year. Over several years, the national project promoted many issues and today's permanent project is " Reading is Leading".

Notable Members: Distinguished politician Condoleezza Rice; astronaut on the Challenger Judith Resnick; best-selling author Aron Ralston; professional football player Drew Brees; best-selling author Bruce Littlefield

A few notable Honorary Members: Professional cyclist Lance Armstrong; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; poet Maya Angelou; former President Jimmy Carter; former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani

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