National Achievers Society

The National Achievers Society (NAS), formerly known as the McKnight Achievers Society, was established with the purpose of encouraging students to excel both academically and culturally. The NAS at FIU is sponsored by the Florida Education Fund (FEF), which established 10 Centers of Excellence throughout the state to identify and motivate historically disadvantaged elementary and secondary students to subscribe to individual and group motivation, academic skills development, cultural enrichment, career awareness, and increased exposure to higher education. Florida International University serves as the South Florida Center of Excellence.

A National Achiever is:

  • - Enrolled in a Miami Dade County school in the 4th through 10th grade
  • - An A or B student having at least two A’s and no C’s (unless those C’s are in advanced or honors classes) for the last three consecutive report cards (both academic and conduct grades)
  • - A positive example for other students to emulate
  • - Active in the community


  • - Maintain an average of ‘B’, or a 3.0 GPA in both academics and conduct
  • - Attend the National Achievers Society’s monthly meetings
  • - Attend all activities organized by the society
  • - Attend tutoring sessions
  • - Participate in the Annual State Summit in the Spring
  • - Parents must be active members of The Miami Achievers Parents Association (TMAPA)