Mortar Board

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. There are 229 chapters nationwide and nearly a quarter of a million members have been initiated. Our chapter, the Fayetta Paulsen Chapter, was established in 1969.   The three values that form the basis of the organization are scholarship, leadership, and service.

In 1915, two women from different universities (The Ohio State University and Swarthmore College) met and discovered their honor societies held similar values and procedures. Three years later, representatives from these two schools as well as three others met for the first founding meeting on February 15, 1918. The pin, motto, and Bylaws were all adopted at this time – but the organization still had no name. In 1919, at the second national convention, the official name became Mortar Board. In 1937, Mortar Board was invited to become a member of the Association of College Honor Societies – the only organization comprised entirely of women to be recognized by ACHS at this time. It wasn’t until 1975 when Mortar Board opened its membership to males.

Criteria for membership:

  • Must be in good standing at the selecting chapter’s institution
  • Be in his or her junior year (or with equivalent hours), intend to graduate no sooner than one academic term following initiation
  • Must hold a GPA that places him or her in the upper 35% of the junior class
  • Must show leadership qualities and provide service to others and the community.

2013 Mortar Board Membership List

2012-2013 Executive Board:

Dylan Corp, President
Rachel Killoren, Vice President
Tabitha Timbrook, Treasurer
Cassi Newman, Secretary
Meredith Hassenrik, Social and Special Event Chair
Jessie Minard, Membership Chair
Kyle Henry, Membership Chair

Kelly Jo Larsen, Advisor

Mortar Board National Website