Mortar Board Chapter Selected for Gold Torch Award

Award is presented annually to the most exceptional chapters of Mortar Board for excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Mortar Board is a national college senior honor society.

The Texas Tech Forum Chapter of Mortar Board was established in 1957 and limits membership to 50 of the top seniors on campus.

Texas Tech University’s Mortar Board chapter recently was awarded the Gold Torch Award at the 2015 Mortar Board National Conference, a distinction that recognizes the most exceptional Mortar Board chapters in the nation. Texas Tech, along with 35 other chapters, was selected based on excellence in all areas of chapter operations including scholarship, leadership and meaningful service.

Jane Hamblin, executive director of Mortar Board, said the Gold Torch chapters add considerably to Mortar Board’s standing nationally.

“We’re proud they are providing high-impact educational programs for their campus communities,” Hamblin said. “That’s what Mortar Board is all about.”

Gracen Daniel, president of Texas Tech’s Mortar Board chapter, said she loves being a part of Mortar Board because it is filled with service-driven leaders who are always striving to better themselves by serving others.

“Receiving this award means a lot for our chapter,” Daniel said. “It’s a recognition that our chapter has gone above and beyond the expectations and ideals held by Mortar Board, and we’re really proud of that.”

Mortar Board is the premier collegiate national honor society recognizing senior students for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The Texas Tech Forum Chapter of Mortar Board was established in 1957 and limits membership to 50 of the top seniors on campus. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Texas Tech Forum Chapter’s website.