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 diplomat 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.

Co-Treasurer Yean on why he likes Mortar Board

“Mortar Board is a unique honor society because it is not like others that select solely based on GPA or do nothing meaningful for its members development (except perhaps a line on their resume). Instead, it is a community of like-minded people oriented around the ideas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Being part of Mortar […]

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VP Riley on what makes Mortar Board unique

“The University of Washington’s oldest standing honor society has brought together seniors exemplifying scholarship, leadership, and service dating back as far as 1909. Today’s Mortar Board class is a diverse group of talented, kindhearted individuals that reflect the history of this esteemed society. My peers in Mortar Board are a constant source of inspiration to […]

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Member Alaya on Mortar Board’s impact

“Being part of Mortar Board allows me to be part of a community where I’m surrounded by like-minded motivated students of UW. I also find it purposeful to spend time with them and help out with service projects. Since it is the oldest continuing honor society on the UW campus, it allows me to feel […]

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