Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  Awards and Recognitions

By Victoria Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has earned designation as a Silver Star Chapter for the 2017-2018 academic year.

NSCS, an honor society whose members positively impact their campuses and communities by participating in service activities, also helps connect members with fellow high-achieving students.

‘‘This will bring more recognition to the university when our students participate in national or international conferences and activities.
—Jimmie Limon, accounting lecturer’’

UTRGV’s Silver Star status was determined by the number of categories the chapter fulfilled in an annual evaluation of its activities and achievements. Silver Star chapters are leaders in implementing engaging, student-centered events, both on their campuses and in the community. 

There currently are more than 320 NSCS chapters in the United States. The UTRGV Chapter is open to students across majors in their first two years with a GPA of 3.4 or above. The society awards more than $1 million in scholarships annually, including Merit Award, Study Abroad, graduate-study and program-specific scholarships.

Jimmie Limon, UTRGV lecturer I in accounting and NSCS chapter advisor, said this designation shows the growth of UTRGV as it interacts with its peer universities.

“This will bring more recognition to the university when our students participate in national or international conferences and activities,” Limon said. “Our students carry this recognition now, and a lot of time recruiters give preference to those students who are a part of active programs with this sort of designation.”


NSCS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1994 on the campus of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is a recognized organization at more than 330 campuses across the country. NSCS is an Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)-certified honor society that recognizes and elevates high-achieving undergraduates who excel academically during their first and second years of higher education.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.