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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.


  • Suggested 10 hours of community service per semester
  • Attending monthly meetings unless otherwise noted
  • Active participation in organized events
  • Timely communication with officers


In Fall 2016, our members volunteered at a wide range of organizations, including the following:

  • Keithley Middle School
  • English Language Learning Program
  • Coin Drive for the Wishing Well Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Salvation Army Giftwrapping Booth
  • Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry
  • Over 426 hours of volunteer hours just in Fall Semester

Accomplished by 2016-2017 group as of December 2016.

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 & 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 are currently a junior planning to graduate in the 2015-2016 academic year and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.


Due on March 14, 2017

Application package includes online application, leadership resume, statement of interest, and letters of recommendation.
Start your application today.


Competitive applications will include clear connections between the unique aspect of Mortar Board as an active honor and your personal interests and expected contributions. 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. All students who are inducted will be recognized at the PLU’s Celebration of Leadership in May. Complete application package must include:

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


You can start the online application today, save your progress, and resume the application later. Mortar Board membership includes an $80 membership fee; need-based scholarships are available by answering additional questions as part of the online application.


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

Submit the electronic resume to mortarboard@plu.edu. 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 mortarboard@plu.edu (PDF files are recommended), or via US Mail to:

Mortar Board Committee​

Student Involvement and Leadership

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA 98447