Honors organization partners with safety app to increase campus safety and convert app profits into scholarships

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The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) announces a partnership with LifeLine Response, a personal safety app, in a campaign to increase campus safety through technology.

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On university campuses where LifeLine Response is already available for students, faculty, and staff, there has been an approximate 7% to 15% decrease in overall crime. Through an alliance with the Kelsey Smith Foundation, when the NSCS community downloads the app using the code NSCS.org, all NSCS proceeds will be directed toward scholarships for NSCS members who emulate the late Kelsey Smith’s desire to make a difference.

“As a father of a young girl, I created LifeLine Response to provide peace of mind. I am proud to partner with the NSCS, and together we will educate millions to embrace a personal safety mobile solution for themselves, their families, friends and community.“

  • Peter Cahill, Founder and CEO, LifeLine Response

“Too many times we find ourselves struggling to make sense of the senseless acts of violence on college campuses. We’re so proud that NSCS can be a platform which recognizes and elevates students’ voices in the campus safety conversation and offer the tools to gain greater control of their personal safety. This partnership is going to help save lives.”

  • Verelyn Gibbs Watson, President and COO, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

“As both a student and NSCS member, it’s empowering to know that the honor society cares about our scholarly pursuits and is partnering with LLR to promote campus safety among its members. By having access to a personal alarm system in our pockets, we can focus on our studies knowing we have access to a resource that could save our lives.”

  • Rylee Stenberg, New Mexico State University, Class of 2015, Executive Vice President, NSCS National Leadership Council

“As a former police officer, I know time is of the essence in an emergency situation. Those first few minutes are critical. Lifeline Response can make the difference in those minutes. If LifeLine had existed when my daughter Kelsey Smith was kidnapped, I am convinced she would be alive today. For the price of a gourmet coffee, you can have peace of mind and a resource that provides safety to you and your loved ones. You cannot afford to ignore the chance to get this app on your phone.”

  • Greg Smith, Executive Director of the Kelsey Smith Foundation

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, based in Washington, D.C., is an honors organization which recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and makes available $1 million in scholarships each year. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership, and service; and, as a result, committed to their campuses and local communities.

The Kelsey Smith Foundation, based in Overland Park, Kansas, is a not-for-profit organization created to honor and perpetuate the life of Kelsey Smith by empowering families, friends, and communities to proactively protect one of their most precious resources, namely youth and young adults. Kelsey, the daughter of Senator Greg Smith and Missey Smith, was abducted in broad daylight from a local department store on June 2, 2007. Three hours late,r her car was found in the mall parking lot. Surveillance video eventually revealed Kelsey purchasing a gift, walking out to her car, and her subsequent abduction. Family and friends began to search for her and distribute flyers. The effort to find Kelsey increased to be so wide-reaching, the volunteers became known as “Kelsey's Army.” On June 6, 2007, Kelsey was found. Forensic evidence ascertained she was sexually assaulted and strangled to death. On July 7, 2007, the Kelsey Smith Foundation was established to honor her life.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, LifeLine Response is a personal safety app which bridges the gap between those who feel unsafe and first responders. Users activate the app on their smartphone when they feel unsafe, and if their finger leaves the screen or the timer runs out, first responders are immediately alerted. Local authorities will be dispatched to the user’s GPS location and provided identifying details to assist in locating them. Simultaneously, a notification is sent to the user’s designated Lifelines—emergency contacts such as friends and family members who will be notified instantly if a user is in distress.

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