UH Mānoa Mortar Board chapter receives national recognition

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Aug 19, 2009

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has one of the country’s most outstanding chapters of Mortar Board, the national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their scholarship, leadership and service.  UH Mānoa’s Hui Po’okela chapter was honored for excellence at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference, held July 24-26, 2009, in Chicago. 


Hui Po‘okela was one of 32 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, presented to outstanding Mortar Board chapters that go beyond the minimum standards throughout the academic year.  Only a select number of Golden Torch Award nominees are chosen to receive the award based on their devotion to Mortar Board’s three key ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. 


“Hui Po’okela is extremely proud to accept this award,” said chapter vice president Janet Li, who attended the national conference.  “Last year’s Mortar Board group excelled in Mortar Board’s three ideals, completing over fifty community service projects.  We hope that this year’s members will strive and earn this distinguished award as well.”


Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from four founding chapters to 227 chartered collegiate chapters, with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation.  The Hui Po’okela chapter at UH Mānoa was chartered in 1965, and currently has 27 members.


Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities, and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include President Jimmy Carter, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  For more information, visit www.mortarboard.org.