Jackson State earns NSCS Diamond Star Award; first HBCU to do so

The Jackson State University chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has made history after recently earning this year’s Diamond Star Award—being the first HBCU chapter to ever be awarded the distinction.

Every year, the NSCS awards one university for embodying the society’s pillars of scholarship, leadership, and service. According to NSCS Executive Director Scott Mobley, Jackson State is always “one of the best among NSCS chapters nationwide.”

Furthermore, Mobley said that Jackson State chapter members went “above and beyond with implementing engaging, student-centered events on their campus and in their local community, including a new member induction ceremony, Integrity Week, and PACE (Planning to Achieve Collegiate Success).”

The JSU chapter also won multiple awards at the Star Status Merit Award competition, earning first place in the following categories: Community Service, Integrity Week, New Member Recruitment, and PACE.

Dr. Pamela Heard, who is the chapter’s advisor, is more than proud of her students and their hard work.

“Upon receiving word that Jackson State University’s NSCS had earned Diamond Star status, my heart was filled with joy,” Heard said. “There’s been so much time and effort by students and staff to put our best foot forward. There’s nothing greater than to be recognized for dedication and hard work.”

Jackson State University is one of the nation’s largest HBCUs and is the fourth-largest university in the state of Mississippi.