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Posted On: Thursday, February 11, 2016 08:07 AM, by Savannah Vogel

The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) recognizes February as the Month of the Scholar, an initiative to promote academic excellence in the fraternity/sorority community. As Kappa Alpha Theta's highest aim is scholarship, we not only support this initiative but challenge each other to be our best every day! Here are three ways you can encourage the highest scholarship throughout NPC Month of the Scholar and the entire year.

1. Host fun and productive study hours. Reserve a space on campus that creates a productive environment and encourages collaboration. An unused classroom with large tables or private room in the campus library is a perfect place for sisters to quietly study together or help each other on homework assignments. The chapter can also provide snacks to keep the energy up. Try to reserve the same space at the same time each week to create a standing opportunity for sisters to support each other in this way!

2. Recognize both small and large accomplishments. Did one of your sisters finish a challenging project? Did she get accepted to her dream graduate school? No matter the accomplishment, it is important to recognize members when they achieve their goals. Create a "Smart Cookie" or "Smarty Pants" award where members can submit their accomplishments or those of their sisters to be recognized each week in chapter. Draw a name from the submissions, and award a small prize!

3. Celebrate scholarship. Host a scholarship banquet each year to celebrate the academic success of the chapter and of each member. Strongly consider inviting faculty to this celebration. It is a great way to show Theta's commitment to academic excellence and a way to recognize faculty members who have made an impact on members. These celebrations can range from an afternoon tea in a chapter facility to a full dinner at an off-campus venue. No event is too small, or too big! In addition to giving awards during the banquet, ask a senior or other member to share how Theta has contributed to her personal and professional growth. The scholarship director can also highlight the chapter's accomplishments!

These are just a few examples of how you can promote scholarship in your chapter. I hope each member takes time during February to celebrate NPC Month of the Scholar. Promote Theta's highest aim by encouraging and celebrating the achievements of your sisters and chapter!

Savannah Vogel, Alpha Psi/Lawrence, is a first-year educational leadership consultant.