PLU's Black & Gold Chapter

PLU’s Black & Gold chapter of Mortar Board seeks to uphold the society’s ideals of scholarship, service, and leadership by collaborating with other leaders at PLU to become one of the most influential and active student organizations on campus. We give back to the university and faculty that have assisted us during our college journey, and we promote literacy, community service, and gender equality through service to our alma mater.


  • At least 10 hours of community service per semester
  • Attendance at PLU Mortar Board meetings
  • Active participation in organized events
  • Timely communication with officers


Below are some of the organizations where PLU Mortar Board alumni have contributed their time through volunteering:

  • American Heart Association
  • Coin Drive for the Wishing Well Foundation
  • Delta Iota Chi Turkey Basket Drive
  • English Language Learning Program
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Keithley Middle School
  • Local churches
  • Salvation Army Giftwrapping Booth
  • Snohomish Senior Center
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • Tzu-Chi Foundation
  • Washington Trails Association
  • Winterfest

mortar board involvement and services - students making garlic bread

Academic recognition and connections with faculty, administrators and other campus leaders. Alumni networking, including career and graduate school networking and assistance. Graduate fellowships available only to members. The possibility of an instant pay increase for federal government jobs with entrance at the GS-7 level.


In order to be considered for induction into the PLU Black and Gold Chapter of Mortar Board, students must complete an application package, which will be reviewed by a selection committee. Applications are open to all PLU students who have junior status, plan to graduate in the 2018-2019 academic year, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.


Click the link below to access the application. The application is due on April 1st, 2018.

A complete application package includes: online application, leadership resume, statement of interest, and letters of recommendation.

Online application available here. You must be logged into your PLU account to access the form.


Competitive applicants will articulate how they have practiced leadership, service, and scholarship during their time at PLU. Selected students will participate in new member orientation and be inducted into Mortar Board during spring semester. Current juniors will then serve as active Mortar Board members during their senior year.

A complete application package must include:

  1. Online Application
  2. Leadership Resume
  3. Letters of Recommendation


The online application is available now.  You can find it here. Please note that you must be logged in to your PLU account to fill out the form.

We would like to note that there is an $80 fee required by the national organization for Mortar Board membership.


Provide a resume or CV of your work, leadership, service, and involvement experiences.

Submit the electronic resume to PDF or Microsoft Word files are accepted.


Provide two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a PLU faculty member.

Instructions for Recommendation Letter:

  • Letter should include full name of applicant and address to “PLU Black & Gold Chapter of Mortar Board​”.
  • The following qualifications should be addressed:

Performance in academics     Capacity for analytical thinking    Ability to work with others

Intellectual independence     Community engagement     Ability to drive and motivate

Ability to organize and express ideas clearly

  • Must be submitted by recommender via PLU campus mail to Mortar Board Committee (SIL Office AUC 161)​, via email to (PDF files are recommended), or via US Mail to:

Mortar Board Committee​

Student Involvement and Leadership

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA 98447