Welcome to the website of the Lawrence University Mortar Board Honor Society .  We are one of the 206 chapters that make-up Mortar Board, an 85 year-old national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service. Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

As an organization, Mortar Board was founded upon the principles of scholarship, service, and leadership.  In addition, "Reading is Leading" - which encourages literacy - has been adopted as the national project.  What have some of our members said about these principles?

"Leadership is most admirable when it's stealthy.  To be a strong leader, one must learn to step aside and help others lead themselves."

"Well, knowing how to read is always good.  More seriously, it is sadly lacking in many parts of this country; that's why it's exciting that Literacy is Mortar Board's cause."

"As far as Scholarship is concerned, learn as much as you can - not for the grade, but for the knowledge itself."

"Scholarship is striving to do your best in every area of your life.

Leadership is being a positive example and pushing others to do the same.

Service is doing your part to ensure positive change where, otherwise, there would be none."

Mortar Board was founded in 1915, formed from a small group of local honor societies at various colleges.  The national organization has developed as well, with several new developments.  For one, in 1975, the formerly all women's organization was extended to include men.  In 2002, delegates at the National Conference voted to institute "Reading is Leading" as the permanent national project.

The Iota chapter at Lawrence has been in operation since 1922, and has grown since.  The chapter strives to program events that support the basic ideals of Mortar Board, and take time to uphold these ideals in our own lives.  Typical annual events include the First Chance/Last Chance Lecture series, the Oxfam Fast for a World Harvest, the Freshman Studies Party, and Mortar Board Week.  In recent years, the group has also made connections with the Fox Valley Literacy Coalition and the ELL program at Appleton West High School in order to further pursue the National Project.  With a new group every year, we strive to build on the work of past groups, and continue getting better.

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