2021 Mortar Board Applications are OPEN! The deadline to apply is Friday, April 2nd.

Mortar Board began as the first national organization to honor senior college women. Today, Mortar Board is an honor society that honors women and men and recognizes college seniors for excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Mortar Board members are the student leaders on their campuses. The Star and Scepter Chapter at MUW, founded in 1927, is one of the oldest chapters in the Southeast, and it is a distinct honor to be “tapped” to be a member. Active MUW Mortar Board members proudly wear their gold cords during the Magnolia Chain ceremony on Graduation Day in May.

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Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Additionally, Mortar Board offers numerous benefits and opportunities to members, including career networking, fellowships and awards. You can learn more about the organization at the national website

Benefits of Mortar Board

  • Academic recognition by your college or university
  • Alumni networking to connect other Mortar Board alumni in your area or across the world
  • Thousands of dollars in fellowships available only to Mortar Board members

Notable Mortar Board Members and Honorary Members:

  • Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Poet Maya Angelou
  • Former President Jimmy Carter
  • Distinguished politician Condoleezza Rice
  • First woman in space Sally Ride


Qualifications for active membership shall be distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service, and a commitment to promote the goals and purposes of Mortar Board.

Students must be undergraduates in at least their junior year, but their intended date of graduation must be no sooner than one semester following initiation. Students must be in good standing and duly enrolled in the university and must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

All students eligible according to the above criteria shall be given the opportunity to be considered for membership. No student shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, ethnic origin, creed, age, sex, affiliation, marital
status, sexual orientation, physical challenge, gender expression, or any other affiliation or protected class.


National dues for Mortar Board are $80.00 and local dues are $40.00. This is a one-time payment, not a yearly one. Dues must be paid by initiation, which is in Cochran Ballroom at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12th. The dues may either be in cash (you will be provided with a receipt) or paid by check to MUW Mortar Board and must be submitted to Dr. Chanley Rainey (Office 202 in Painter Hall).