Criteria for Membership

All members of International Distinguished Scholars possess the same thirst for success in all of their scholarly endeavors. This intellectual pursuit is exactly what the Society looks for when reviewing each application. Since testing procedures vary greatly across the country, academic achievement is not the sole factor upon which eligibility is decided.

Each individual student is recognized for his/ her scholarly endeavors, academic records, honors, current GPA, civil service, leadership experiences, and any accomplishments pertinent to the Society. These attributes are carefully evaluated at the time of selection in order to uphold the strict standards of the Society. Because the Society recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education, one’s field of study may be in any discipline.

Applicants shall:

  • Exemplify good character and honest morals
  • Be ranked within the top 15% of the institution’s student body
  • Exhibit potential for leadership and service
  • Possess a strong sense of individual growth
  • Be involved in campus and community activities

The minimum academic average required for membership is the equivalent of a 3.0 based upon a 4.0 scale. However, occasionally exceptions are made for students below this average if they excel in other attributes or endeavors.

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