Mortar Board

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Mortar Board, Inc.
Mortar Board logo.png
Founded February 15, 1918; 100 years ago (1918-02-15)
Syracuse, New York
Type Honor Society
Emphasis Scholarship, Leadership, Service
Colors      Gold and      Silver
Publication The Mortar Board Forum
Chapters 231
Members 250,000+ collegiate
Headquarters 1200 Chambers Road, Suite 201
Columbus, Ohio
United States
Website Official website

The Mortar Board is a national honor society for college seniors. Mortar Board has 231 chartered collegiate chapters nationwide and 15 alumni chapters.

Mortar Board and Women[edit]

Mortar Board was the first national honor society for college senior women and continues to promote women's interests in higher education today. The Society admitted men in 1975 as a ramification of Title IX, at which point a clause was added in the Purpose to include additional "commitment to the advancement of the status of women."

Notable alumni[edit]

More than quarter of a million members have been initiated nationwide, with established careers in numerous fields. Some of the notable alumni are:

Additionally, numerous community and international leaders have been named honorary members, including:

National structure[edit]

Mortar Board, Inc. is governed by collegiate chapters. National officers come from the ranks of alumni and collegiate members.

National Office[edit]

The National Office, located in Columbus, Ohio, is the source of records and information related to chapter operations, national conferences, alumni, the Mortar Board National Foundation and the historical archives of Mortar Board. The staff enacts policies and procedures established by the National Council and the Mortar Board National Foundation.

National Foundation[edit]

The National Foundation was established in 1955 as the fundraising arm of Mortar Board, as well as to serve the educational aims of Mortar Board, Inc. The mission of the National Foundation is to support Mortar Board, Inc. in furthering its ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

Section coordinators[edit]

Section coordinators work directly with chapters, serving as close primary contacts for chapters within a specified geographic region. The section coordinator is available to assist the chapters with a variety of tasks, including planning and execution of events.


Mortar Board is an affiliate of the Association of College Honor Societies. Mortar Board was invited into the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1937, the only women’s honor society to be invited up until that time. ACHS is a national organization that provides resources and fosters communication between over sixty honor societies across the country.


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