To promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.
Between the Junior Beta Club (grades 4-8) and Senior Beta Club (grades 9-12), the organization has helped nearly seven million students learn how to make a life for themselves—and, since 1991, it has awarded over $5 million in scholarships.
There are now more than 450,000 active members and more than 8,750 clubs nationally and internationally. It has become the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization.
Although there are some universal requirements, each chapter has its own criteria for selection. Junior Beta is divided into two divisions: Division I includes grades 4-5 and Division II includes grades 6-8. Senior Beta includes grades 9-12. Regardless of division, though, members adhere to the Beta mission and learn to embrace and embody its four pillars.
Beta’s mission originated with Dr. John W. Harris, a professor at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, who founded the organization in 1934. Over 80 years have passed, but his vision and Beta’s mission has remained the same. And most everyone who has been fortunate enough to be called a member has embraced those ideals and applied them to their own lives. From U.S. President Bill Clinton to current professional basketball player Kevin Durant, Beta members continue to lead long after their high school days are behind them.
Upon joining the National Beta Club, your student will receive:
There is a $15 national fee per division. Your student's club may choose to collect local fees in addition to the national fee. See below for specifics.
New Covenant School's 9th-12th grade students have been involved with the National Beta Club since the 1990s. The chapter has been inactive since 2013, but will be active again beginning in the Fall of 2017.
Invitations for membership are sent by mail from the school principal in May or June. The deadline to accept an invitation for membership for the 2017-2018 school year is July 1st.**
If you receive an invitation, you can accept it by emailing our sponsor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the meetings each month will be devoted to Beta Club business, planning, and small school-oriented projects, and the other meeting will be a community service project. Other service projects may be scheduled at different times in the semester as agreed upon by the members, sponsor, and parents.
Contact the school at email@example.com for information about our chapter and to find out if your student qualifies for membership.