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Edward Collymore Honor Society 

The Edward Collymore Honor Society exists to promote academic and professional excellence among multicultural students on the campus of Villanova University. The society inducts second semester juniors with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA through a rigorous application and interview process. As senior members of the society, students conduct academic and career-oriented workshops and engage the community in a positive manner.

Mission Statement

The purpose of this society is to recognize scholars of high moral and academic integrity; foster academic and professional improvement; and encourage individual excellence in order to empower the multicultural community to make a substantial impact on the campus of Villanova University.

The Edward Collymore Honor Society exists to promote academic and professional excellence among multicultural students on the campus of Villanova University. The society inducts second semester juniors with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA through a rigorous application and interview process. As senior members of the society, students conduct academic and career-oriented workshops and engage the community in a positive manner.

"The society emphasizes the ideals of C.L.A.S.S., signifying 'Character, Leadership, Academics, Scholarship, and Service.' Each member should strive to embody these characteristics."

When preparing your application, remember that neatness counts.  If you are writing the application by hand, please be legible.  If you are entering information into the Word or PDF document, please honor the formatting.  If you are adding pages to supplement the Word or PDF document, please label them.  When a reviewer has to wrestle with a hard-to-read application, the applicant gets less attention than deserved.

The Complete Application
Only a complete application is eligible for review.  A complete application satisfies the checklist on page 6, which means that all information asked for is provided, sponsorships are provided, and all signatures or email confirmations of signatures are in evidence.  

The Role of the Membership Committee
The Membership Committee determines whether the applicant satisfies the qualifications for membership.  If so, the committee determines the membership category and places the name of the applicant on the list for approval by the Board of Directors.  If the applicant does not qualify for membership, the committee notifies the Sponsor, who in turn notifies the Applicant.

The Bylaws
According to the Society’s bylaws, “Procedures for New Members”: 

“The instructions for proposal for membership should be read carefully by the sponsor and the application filled out completely by the applicant.  Thereafter, the application should be signed by the applicant, sponsor, and sponsor.  Both faculty sponsors must write letters of recommendation to accompany the application.  The Membership Committee acts on the information provided in the application and letters only; it does not seek external sources.  The sponsor is responsible for seeing that the application is complete and that the two letters of sponsorship are sent to the Chair of the Membership Committee.  Incomplete applications cannot be acted upon and will not be reviewed by the Membership Committee.

“Once the complete application is received, it is reviewed by the Membership Committee which makes recommendations to the Executive Board for final approval.  A period of up to30 days may be required for processing a new member.  Sponsors and chapter chairs are notified of the decision of the Board.”

A Word about Sponsorship and Unsponsored Applications
Sponsorship is a critical component of the applications process.  The Edward Collymore Senior Honor Society is a community built firmly on the fellowship of our members. 

If you wish to join the Society and are without sponsorship, you may submit an application. If qualified, we will suggest a member who may be willing to sponsor your application. 

In the meantime, as an Unsponsored Applicant you are advised to reach out to the chapter of The Edward Collymore Senior Honor Society and become involved.   

Please use this application form to apply for the Honor Society. (vu username and password required)

Contact Information

Maghan Keita, PhD
Director, Africana Studies
Associate Professor, History
Phone: 610-519-6967

Joyce Harden

Administrative Assistant
SAC Room 023
Phone: 610-519-4640