Sophomore Awarded Integrity Scholarship

Posted: March 9, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Elyor Tulyaganov, a sophomore finance major, has received a $1,000 integrity scholarship from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

Ten scholarships are awarded each year to students who demonstrate they can make honorable decisions when faced with an ethical dilemma.

The scholarship application requires two written essays. In the first essay, Tulyaganov was given an ethical dilemma scenario and had to write about what he thought the characters should do. He says that there was no right or wrong answer, but he had to support his decision with specific reasons.

The second essay asked him to describe two specific examples that show how he lives a life of integrity.

“My first example was about how I returned the wallet I found on the sidewalk by mailing it to the address shown on the driver’s license,” says Tulyaganov. “My second example was about my rejection of a cheat sheet for a final exam offered to me.”

Tulyaganov heard about the integrity scholarship through a NSCS e-newsletter and decided to apply. He says he was influenced by his economics professor, Thomas Rustici. In one of his lectures he advised, “Don’t sell your dignity for a grade, because five or six years from now, you’ll have to look at your face every morning.”

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization to invite first- and second-year college students. The scholarship is a part of NSCS’ integrity initiative and ‘I Stand for Integrity Week,’ when NSCS chapters across the country hold banner signings and speaker events recognizing the importance of integrity.

“NSCS believes very strongly in the value of integrity,” said Stephen Loflin, NSCS executive director. “The integrity scholarship serves as recognition of students like Elyor who’ve made wise choices when faced with an ethical challenge. Elyor serves as a role model for other NSCS members and students everywhere.”

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