To Secure a School Charter
To be eligible for a Quill and Scroll school charter, your high school must publish a magazine, newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine, broadcast program or a website. Also eligible are schools with students who contribute to professional media.
In 2020, the Q&S board also made it possible for non-school organizations to receive a charter. Local newspapers, international organizations that sponsor student journalism and scholarly organizations are welcome to apply. Eye on Ivy, a Pakistani organization that counsels students during their college application and preparation processes, received the first non-school charter later in 2020.
A Quill and Scroll charter is granted for the lifetime of the school or organization, and there are no annual dues.
When a charter is granted, all of the school’s media advisers automatically become members of Quill and Scroll and may recommend students for induction into the honor society. Student members from all school media may form a Quill and Scroll chapter on campus to conduct service activities and engage in scholastic journalism development programming. Only charter member schools may submit student names for nomination as Quill and Scroll members and several activities are limited to chartered schools only. Copies of the Quill and Scroll Chapter Manual will be sent upon joining, or can be viewed online.
Want to check your school’s charter status? Click here for access to a list of our member schools organized by state. Or contact us at [email protected] or 319-335-3457 and we’re happy to check our records. Once you establish a charter with Quill and Scroll, you can begin a chapter at your school. A list of chapter activities with more information can be found here.
Download and save to your desktop a school membership application. This PDF is fill-able when opened with Adobe Acrobat. You may pay online using Pay2Gov but don’t forget to submit your application to us separately.
If paying online, email the charter application form to [email protected]
Mail applications and payment to: Quill and Scroll Honor Society, W111 Adler Journalism Bldg., Iowa City, IA 52242. For more information, you may call 319-335-3457 or email [email protected]