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.

Last Lecture with Professor Denis Bašić

Thank you Professor Bašić in the UW Jackson School of International Studies for presenting at Mortar Board Tolo’s 2019 Last Lecture! Your thought-provoking presentation on the similarities between historically conflicting ideologies was inspiring. For many of us not in JSIS, your lecture helped expand our knowledge beyond our focuses of study. Thank you for engaging […]

Continue reading

A Letter to the Tolo Class of 2020

Dear Tolo Class of 2020: Congratulations for having been successfully initiated into Mortar Board as of April 28, 2019! Your class brings together future doctors, lawyers, non-profit directors, researchers, journalists, and citizens dedicated to making change. We hope you take your new membership in Mortar Board as a true honor, because it is. The University […]

Continue reading

Tolo Class of 2020 Fundraiser is LIVE!

The Mortar Board Tolo Class of 2019 is one quarter away from transitioning in the Class of 2020! The current class is now ensuring this class can start fresh next September–and that means starting with enough funding to operate. The Mortar Board National Honor Society donation page is officially live! Whether you are a Tolo […]

Continue reading