The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Texas A&M University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.
“The Chapter Recognition program offers Phi Kappa Phi the opportunity to say a special thank you to chapters who go above and beyond in promoting academic excellence on their campuses,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.
Dr. Gül Russell, Eta Chapter President, writing to acknowledge the award said, “This Award will further enhance the visibility of Phi Kappa Phi on campus, as well as inspire prospective members. Phi Kappa Phi provides a unique opportunity for like-minded faculty to meet and work with exceptional students, who will carry the wonder of learning into the future to motivate others. This is a privilege in itself. We thank you again for this Award which we will treasure.”
By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, the chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select award and grant programs. Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive:
• a commendation letter from the Society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
• special recognition on the Society’s website, publications and at the biennial convention
• specially designed logo for use in chapter communications
• recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals
• $500 award
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.
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The Society inducts annually approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.