Welcome to the University of Washington Mortar Board Tolo Chapter webpage. It is our intention that this webpage is passed down from class to class, passing on the core values of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Mortar Board is a certified national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. Founded in 1909, the Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board is the oldest continuing honor society on the UW campus. Among UW Tolo Chapter alumni are civic leader and UW Regent Mary Gates, philanthropist Marion Oliver McCaw, and formerWashington State Attorney General Rob McKenna. NFL quarterback and philanthropist Drew Brees, former Director of the National Science Foundation Rita Colwell, astronaut on the Challenger Judith Resnik, as well as politician and educator Condoleezza Rice are among many distinguished Mortar Board alumni throughout the country.

Each year, up to 40 students are selected for membership in the Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board. Members of Mortar Board are a diverse group of individuals who have excelled in academics and have demonstrated excellent leadership skills. Our members are actively involved in service to the community.

Communications Chair Connor on how Mortar Board creates community

“Due to the size of our school, it can oftentimes be difficult to develop relationships with your peers–especially those outside of your chosen majors. As members of Mortar Board, we have an invaluable opportunity to make an overwhelmingly large community at the University of Washington more approachable. The group is made up of students with […]

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Mortar Board Tent City Dinner

Tent City is a homeless shelter project run by SHARE/WHEEL to provide outdoor shelter for those who need it in King County. Tent Cities are portable, self-managed communities with a strict Code of Conduct to ensure the camps stay a safe and beneficial space for its residents. Tent City relies on organizations like Mortar Board […]

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Mortar Board Tolo 2019-2020 Class Retreat

On November 3rd, the 2019-2020 Tolo class held our annual class retreat. We gathered together for a fun evening filled with games, group bonding, and a sandwich bar! We started off the night with a fun fact guessing game, where each member wrote out a fun fact about themselves (ex. “I first started growing facial […]

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