Recognizing Our Members

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About Phi Kappa Phi

To celebrate and recognize the achievements of its members, Phi Kappa Phi uses a program known as Merit. This program allows us to create and publish personalized stories about members’ achievements such as being initiated into the Society, receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award, becoming a chapter officer and more. 

When a story is created, it will be posted to the Phi Kappa Phi Merit page and distributed to the member’s hometown newspaper(s). In addition, a customizable online Merit profile will be created for the member to easily share his or her achievement with family and friends on social media. 

Each story will include a Phi Kappa Phi-branded badge representing a specific achievement. Consider it a virtual trophy! Members can enhance their online Merit profiles by adding a photo, other activities, achievements, work experience and affiliations. The Merit profile can provide a positive, professional online listing of accomplishments for members to share with prospective employers.

Check out Phi Kappa Phi's Merit page to see the latest member achievements. 

How does it work?

When a member receives an achievement, Phi Kappa Phi Headquarters creates a personalized story about the accomplishment and awards a badge to be published on the member’s Merit profile. (See a sample profile.) These stories are then also sent to the member’s hometown newspaper for publication.

Why is Merit important?

Merit creates a professional and powerful online profile that showcases success and achievements. These profiles can be beneficial when applying for an internship, job, scholarship or graduate school. Furthermore, Merit provides a simple and easy way to share these accomplishments with family and friends through social media channels such as Facebook or Twitter.

How can I create an online Merit profile?

When a new member joins the Society (those initiated after March 2013), an “Initiate” badge and achievement will automatically be granted to those members who have opted in to the program. You will receive an email from providing instructions on how to claim your profile and share your Merit page on social networks. Members receiving a Phi Kappa Phi award, serving as a chapter officer or attending Convention as a delegate are also eligible to receive a Phi Kappa Phi badge and Merit profile.

I was initiated before March 2013. How can I receive a Merit profile?

If you were initiated into the Society prior to the implementation of Merit (March 2013), you can still receive a Merit profile. To do so, email with your name, member ID number and ZIP code.

What newspapers will receive the stories?

‚ÄčAll achievement stories are distributed to the local newspaper(s) associated with the ZIP code in each member’s online profile. To see what ZIP code currently is listed on your profile or to update your ZIP code, log in to and select “My Profile” located at the top of the page.

Will the stories be published in the newspaper?

Each story is distributed to local newspapers as a press release. Whether or not the story is published by the newspaper is strictly at the discretion of each newspaper, not Phi Kappa Phi. We provide as much information and details to ensure each story is viewed as newsworthy, but cannot guarantee that the story will be published.

How can I opt out of Merit?

To opt out of the program, simply reply to the email you receive and ask to be removed, or you can email your request directly to


Hannah Breaux
Communications Director
800.804.9880, ext 218

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi