NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) recently announced it has selected Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) student Alyssa St. Franc ’19 of Providence, R.I., to be a recipient of this year’s Society State of Mind Award.

St. Franc, who represents the state of Massachusetts within the group of 50 NSLS award recipients, received a $1,000 scholarship as part of the honor. The Society State of Mind Award is given to one NSLS member from each state who initiated a program or event within the previous academic year, or was a significant participant in a project or campaign which impacted their local community in a positive manner.

“This award means a lot to me,” St. Franc said. “I love giving back to the community.”

For her project, St. Franc participated in MCLA’s 22nd Annual Boo Bash in October. This free Halloween event, held for local children and their parents, takes place in the Berkshire Towers dormitory, and features a decorated entrance, trick or treating and a costume party.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” St. Franc said of the Boo Bash, which she also participated in last year. “Seeing the children's faces light up, with their Halloween costumes on, was such a great feeling.”

St. Franc, who majors in sociology with a minor in social work, is part of the NSLS e-board. She also works as an office assistant at MCLA’s Susan B. Anthony Women’s Center, and serves as the secretary of the Sociology Society.

The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation's largest leadership honor society.  Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential.  Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction.  With 548 chapters, the Society currently has 671,493 members nationwide. 

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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