Our Symbols

Each and every component of our Torch and Laurel badge has a special historical meaning. This serves as a reminder that the Torch and Laurel community represent integrity, respect, and leadership.

Our Laurel

The Laurel serves to remind our scholars that they are part of a long and noble tradition of distinguished scholars. May our scholars uphold their place in history by living up to the honor bestowed upon them.

The Torch

The Torch represents the ability for each of us to serve as a guiding light for others and for the ability of education to serve as a beacon of light, eradicating ignorance. May our scholars always remember that lighting the way for others, brightens the path for themselves.

The Double Circles

The Double Circles represent the circles of support and influence that surround us, including family and friends, teachers and advocates. May our scholars recognize, value and appreciate their supporters and seek to serve in that capacity for others

The Stars

The Stars pay homage to the ideals of our founding organization, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the ideals of The Society of Torch & Laurel. The gold star to the left of the torch, represents the National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ commitment to scholarship, leadership and service. The gold star on the right star to the right of the torch represents The Society of Torch & Laurel’s pillars of excellence and perseverance. The center star represents our shared commitment to integrity. May our scholars always use their talents to create positive outcomes for themselves and their communities.

Our Story

I started the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 1994 to recognize high achieving first and second year students. Transitioning from high school to college can be very challenging. I wanted there to be an honor society that recognized the students who successfully made this transition and then provide opportunities for scholarship, leadership and community service. The idea of NSCS has grown to more than 325 chapters throughout the US and more than 1.5 million high achieving members. It is now a large and thriving community of members who are changing the world.

In 2013 another “crazy idea” emerged when a group of NSCS members were talking about the things they wish they would have known in high school when they started making their plans and thinking about their priorities for what do to after high school. How to pick the right college? How to pay for college? Wonder if college isn’t the right opportunity? What colleges are out there that may be perfect but they had never heard of it?Hearing all of that, and realizing that all of our NSCS members were also high achievers in high school, I decided to launch the Society of Torch & Laurel. I want Torch & Laurel to be one more resource for you, the high achiever, to help you navigate the process of thinking about your future.I hope you will choose to join our community and I especially hope to be a part of your journey as you think about the life and the future that you want to create.

Steve Loflin


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the society of torch and laurel?

The Society of Torch & Laurel is an honors program developed by The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) to recognize high school high achievers and provide members and their families with motivation, inspiration and vital tools to make better decisions about creating an ideal future.

What benefits are available for torch & Laurel scholars?

The Society of Torch & Laurel provides scholars with access to exclusive scholarships and numerous education resources. Scholars also receive exclusive benefits and discounts through our partners, and access to online and in-person experience and opportunities specifically designed for high-achieving high school students.

How do I join Torch and Laurel? Is there criteria for a membership?

Students who meet the criteria to join Torch & Laurel, but did not receive an invitation, may self-nominate.

High school students who meet one of the following requirements are eligible to join The Society of Torch & Laurel:

SAT score of 1300
ACT score of 27 or
Minimum GPA of 3.5

How do you select who joins torch & Laurel?

Either you provide your information via our Apply for Membership tab or The Society of Torch & Laurel invites students based on referrals from school counselors, teachers, and parents, as well as recommendations from our education partners. Our eligibility requirements are straightforward and simple. 

Does it cost money to join torch & Laurel?

The Society of Torch & Laurel basic membership is free to any high school high achieving student who meets the eligibility requirements. Scholars can be nominated by a parent or school counselor, or apply for membership on our website.

Premium membership is also available for high school students who may be interested in a higher level of participation and benefits.


The Society of Torch & Laurel is wholly managed by The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a 501(c)(3)  non-profit. You can read our privacy policy here.

I just ordered a society of torch and laurel diploma. When will I get it?

Torch & Laurel diplomas are custom printed, and can take up to 2-3 weeks to be printed and shipped. Once your order has shipped, you should receive a shipping confirmation and tracking number via email. If you did not receive a tracking number, please reach out to us at info@torchandlaurel.org so we can follow up on your order.

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