Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General FAQs

The Society of Torch & Laurel is an honors program for high-achieving high school students founded in 2013 by The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), a collegiate honor society at 300+ universities across the U.S.

Torch & Laurel was established to provide high-achieving high school students with access to resources to prepare for higher education and to support a successful transition to college.

The Society of Torch & Laurel provides scholars with access to over $100,000 in exclusive scholarships and resources. Scholars also receive exclusive benefits and discounts through our partners, and access to online curricula specifically designed for high-achieving high school students.

For more information on Torch & Laurel Scholarships visit:

For more information on Torch & Laurel partners visit:

For more information on our online curricular visit:

Students who meet the criteria to join Torch & Laurel, but did not receive an invitation, may self-nominate. For more information, please click here.

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

  1. SAT score of 1300
  2. ACT score of 27 or
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.5

The Society of Torch & Laurel is free to all U.S. high school students who meet the eligibility requirements. Scholars can be nominated by a parent or school counselor, or can self-nominate on our website.

The Society of Torch & Laurel is an honors program for high school students that was established in 2013.  Since the Society of Torch & Laurel is a relatively new program, some school counselors and parents may not have heard of us yet. However, the Society of Torch & Laurel has scholars in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and continues to grow. 

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 so we can follow up on your order.

Scholarship FAQs

Start Early

A great scholarship essay is not written overnight!  Start early and allow time to submit additional documentation like letters of recommendation.

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread

You want your scholarship essay to stand out for its great content, not the grammatical errors.  Ask a parent, friend, or teacher to proofread your application before submitting it.

Personalize the Response

Don’t make your essay a resume.  Use the opportunity to share something about who you are, which is far more memorable.

Build on your Accomplishments

Remember that you are competing a similar pool of applicants.  Use the essay question as a way to prove to the scholarship committee that you are the worthiest applicant for the award.

All applicants, recipients and non-recipients, will be notified of their status within 8 weeks of the closing date.

We are constantly adding new scholarships, so make sure to check the scholarship page often and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates too! Generally our scholarships are open for two months, but don’t wait until the last minute to apply!

We have three main eligibility requirements for our scholarships.

  1. You must be a Torch & Laurel Scholar. Not a scholar? Apply here.
  2. Each scholarship has its own GPA requirements. Visit the scholarships here.
  3. You must complete/update your Scholar Profile. Update it here.

Please visit our scholarship listing here.