Tau Sigma National Honor Society

"Recognizing and Promoting the Academic Excellence and Involvement of Transfer Students"

2017 Induction Ceremony - (Link works best with Firefox)



  • The Liberty University Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society recognizes transfer students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher after their first semester at Liberty University.
  • Transfer students comprise 18% of Liberty University's new students each Fall and 20% of Liberty University's new students each spring.
  • In Spring 2009 Liberty University inducted 39 charter members.
  • Each year since Spring 2009, there has been an increase of transfer students who show outstanding excellence and have joined Liberty University's chapter.
    • Spring 2010 - 184
    • Spring 2011 - 345*
    • Spring 2012 - 361*
    • Spring 2013 - 375*
    • Spring 2014 - 588*
    • Spring 2015 - 720*
    • Spring 2016 - 606*
    • Spring 2017 - 575*
  • The honor society is overseen by the leadership of Dr. Brian Yates, Dean of CASAS.

*including Liberty University Online

2017-2018 Liberty Chapter Officers

  • President - Megan Senft
  • Vice President - Calista Kern-Lyons
  • Secretary - Mackenzie Lecher
  • Technology Chair - James Hamilton
  • Treasurer - Jamie Penner
  • Online Community Chair - Savannah Nalls

Membership Requirements

  • You must have transferred to Liberty University from another academic institution with at least 24 college credits at the prior institution(s).
  • You must be registered in a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree for an amount of work equal to an average full load (usually 12 to 15 hours - however, the definition of a full load is left to the discretion of each institution).
  • Your minimum academic average required for membership is either a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of your first semester here at Liberty University.

Scholarship Application for Current Members

2017-2018 Scholarships

Tau Sigma National Honor Society will award multiple scholarships of between approximately $250 to $3,500.  The total amount of scholarships awarded will be $85,000-$100,000.

Scholarship Criteria and Process

The deadline for electronic submission of the chapter’s applicants is to be submitted to tausigma@liberty.edu by October 31.  Upon receipt, the applications will be reviewed by a committee within the College of Applied Studies and Academic Success (CASAS).  The top two will be sent to the national office for evaluation.

The scholarships will be announced by the national office by December 20, 2017 and awarded by January 19, 2018.

Scholarship Criteria

Only applicants enrolled in a college or university for at least one academic term during the calendar year 2018 will be considered.  The applicant’s future enrollment does not have to be at their current institution and can be at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Previous Tau Sigma scholarship winners are not eligible.

The Scholarship Review Committee will evaluate the applicants based on their:

  • Involvement in and service to the chapter
  • Involvement in and service to the university
  • Service to the community
  • Academic achievement

While the Scholarship Review Committee does not dictate the specific weight that each of the above criteria will carry, involvement in and service to the chapter and university will be weighed more heavily than the other criteria.



  • Tau Sigma - Transition and Scholarship
  • Red - courage when facing challenges of transition
  • Wheat - continual harvesting of success in all future endeavors


  • Tau Sigma was incorporated as a non-profit in 1999 with Auburn University being the home of the first chapter. At that time, Auburn University was becoming increasingly aware of the significant number of transfers on campus as well as the university’s inability to adequately serve them. Tau Sigma was born out of Auburn University’s desire to improve its service to and recruiting and retention of transfer students.

  • Today, over 100 other universities have established or are currently establishing Tau Sigma chapters in their efforts to improve the services that they provide to their transfer student population.


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