Mission Statement of the National Beta Club:
To promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.
ACHIEVEMENT - Recognizing and honoring high academic achievement
CHARACTER - Preparing young people for life and empowering them to be successful
SERVICE - Demonstrating our motto - Let us Lead by Serving Others
LEADERSHIP - Developing the leaders of tomorrow
The National Beta Club began as the dream of our founder, Dr. John W. Harris, a professor at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Since the first Beta Club was formed in Landrum, SC in 1934, The National Beta Club has become the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. We are committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills and encouraging service to others.
The National Beta Club has worked with over six million young people in grades 4-8 (Junior Beta Club) and grades 9-12 (Senior Beta Club). Junior Beta Club is divided into two divisions. Division I includes 4th-5th grade and Division II includes 6th-8th grades. There are now more than 420,000 active members and more than 8,000 clubs nationally and internationally.