About Mortar Board
Scholars…Chosen for Leadership…United to Serve

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.

Nearly a quarter of a million members have been initiated at 230 chartered chapters nationwide, including notable members such as:

  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Drew Brees (Purdue University, 2001)
  • Nationally-known speaker and author, "The Dating Doctor" David Coleman, (Bowling Green State University, 1982)
  • Former Director of the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell (Purdue University, 1956)
  • Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan (The University of Tulsa, 1956)
  • U.S. Army Installation Management Command Executive Director John B. Nerger (Northwestern University, 1978)
  • Author and subject of the film 127 Hours, Aron Ralston (Carnegie Mellon University, 1997)
  • Astronaut on the Challenger Judith Resnick (Carnegie Mellon University, 1971)
  • Politician and educator Condoleezza Rice (University of Denver, 1974)
  • WNBA basketball star Katie Smith (The Ohio State University, 1996)

Mortar Board has also awarded honorary membership to community and international leaders whose lives exemplify our ideals, including:

  • Poet, novelist and global renaissance woman Maya Angelou
  • President Jimmy Carter
  • Senator Elizabeth Dole
  • Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
  • Educator, minister and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" host Fred Rogers
  • Former Mayor of New York Rudolph Giuliani









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