Pinnacle Honor Society

Current Pinnacle Officers


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Heather Parker, Senior


English Writing











Vice President



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Amanda Wilson, Senior
Outreach Coordinator

Life Span Development and Nutrition & Food Science

Pinnacle is MTSU's chapter of the national Pinnacle Honor Society for nontraditional students, generally over the age of 25. Our MTSU chapter makes exceptions for students with adult responsibilities who are not yet 25. In addition to the 3.0 GPA required for undergraduates (3.4 for graduate students), Pinnacle looks at previous community service, volunteer work, and honors which the student has earned in life.

Pinnacle Application     Leadership Roles     Award of Achievement

Why Join Pinnacle Honor Society?

If you are a non-traditional student who excels in your college work, Pinnacle membership will celebrate your academic achievement as an adult learner. It can mark to others, on your resume, for example, that you were an above-average student without them having to look at your transcript. Alumni Pinnacle members tell us that it helped them during a job interview. It has also become a nice supportive group for those who have chosen to become active leaders in the organization. The officers of Pinnacle participate in the annual Adult Learning Conference and usually send representatives to the annual ANTSHE (Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education) conferences. They also contribute ideas to the Reach for the Pinnacle Student Success Series, a service project of Pinnacle that provides online workshops to develop study skills and paper writing skills aimed primarily at the non-traditional student population at MTSU.

The Pinnacle Honor Society was founded by Dr. Frank Julian, a faculty member and administrator at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, in 1989. Dr. Julian recognized the dedication of nontraditional students and the institutions'inability to recognize these deserving students because of unobtainable requirements developed by traditional honor societies. Traditional honor societies recognized the accomplishments of typical traditional students (i.e. full-time students who have on-campus leadership responsibilities). In many cases, nontraditional students work full-time, attend college part-time, and care for family members. Many nontraditional students also live miles away from their school and attend via distant learning opportunities. So, Pinnacle was designed with those nontraditional students in mind.

Where does the membership fee go?

The national Pinnacle Honor Society organization receives $30 for each new member. The national organization provides each new member their personalized Pinnacle certificate, a letter of welcome to the organization, a seal for your diploma, and a Pinnacle lapel pin (and because we usually have such a quick turn-around before the initiation, they usually have to overnight them to us).

The remainder is an annual dues fee for the local chapter. We use that money to fund the publicity of our Adult Learner Connect series and for costs that might not be covered by the Student Activity Fee funds. It also provides part of the food served at fall dinner and Family Fun Day, shared by the Pinnacle student organization for all our adult learners.

Need More Info About Pinnacle?

Please contact our officers at for details. Pinnacle membership is open to all adult learners who are juniors and seniors with a 3.0 GPA or graduate students with a 3.4 GPA. An online personal data sheet to apply for membership is available for your convenience. Don't forget to mail in your check by the deadline to complete your online application.

Leadership Roles

Pinnacle Honor Society has opportunities for members to become active in the leadership as President, Vice-President, & Outreach Coordinator. Applications are typically accepted in March/April for upcoming academic year.

Group Responsibilities:

Be an ambassador for the group. Actively participate in group meetings on campus or conference meetings. Plan and implement activities around campus. Participate in monthly activities around campus. Actively recruit members and/or volunteers. Have fun and remember we are here to support and encourage non-traditional students.

President: Lead group activities in and around campus. Network with groups within MTSU and outside of campus. Utilize networking skills to build relationships to promote joint activities such as volunteer work. Coordinate Pinnacle and/or other groups (In the event of a joint activity) for activities in and around campus. Lead an informational workshop. Handles email and/or correspondence for group. Hosts board meetings and general member meetings. 

Vice President: Assist with leading group activities in and around campus. Coordinate Pinnacle and/or other groups (In the event of a joint activity) for activities in and around campus. Lead an informational workshop. Coordinates volunteers for events and activities. Handles new member registration online and in person. Assist with paperwork that needs to be filed with activities in and around campus. 

Outreach Coordinator: Handles online accounts such as Facebook, Instagram, and MTSU’s Pinnacle group webpage. Actively take photos, interviews, and post feeds on each account. Post and manage video workshop classes. Take meeting minutes and disseminate to members. Assists with all recruitment effors for new members. 


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