The Greek Letters in our name were selected because they are the initials
from Greek words with meanings that represent our motto:

“Add Good Character, Knowledge, and Judgment.”

AGS Greek Letters

ALPHA stands for “Arete” meaning “Excellence”

GAMMA stands for “Gnosis” meaning “Knowledge”

SIGMA stands for “Sophrosyne” meaning “Wisdom”

In an age when meaningless honors abound, AGS membership requires effort!
If you’re ready to work, we’d love to have you join us!

The purpose of this organization is to foster, promote, maintain
and recognize scholarship.

The function of the state organization is to encourage local chapters to develop, in themselves or in cooperation with other chapters, programs offering cultural, social, or enrichment experiences as part of the total experience of community college students.

The state organization annually award scholarships to its members and encourages its chapters to provide opportunities for participation in service activities as well as award scholarships of their own.

Key Dates:

  • 1926 AGS is founded (under the name “California Junior College Honor Scholarship Society”) by Dr. William T. Boyce, Head Administrator of Fullerton Junior College
  • 1940 AGS is incorporated under California law

Chapters: Students at California Community Colleges form individual chapters that are governed by elected student officers and advised by members of the college faculty and staff.

Membership: Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better in order to be members of AGS.  Most chapters also set a minimum number of hours of community service that members must perform and complete.