The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 351st chapter at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, today, February 11. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.
The installation of the Marymount chapter comes after a thorough petitioning process, site visit and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.
“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Marymount University to its community of scholars,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The university’s mission emphasizing the education of the whole person, intellectual curiosity and service to others meshes well with the Society’s mission of excellence and engagement.”
Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Alison Gregory, President-elect Sarah Fischer, Treasurer Catherine England and Secretary Janet Fallon.
"Marymount's new Phi Kappa Phi chapter is a testimony of the excellent quality of education Marymount is known for," said Dr. Irma Becerra, president of Marymount University. "Marymount is on a path to national recognition. We are honored that Phi Kappa Phi has bestowed this honor upon us, one that will translate into even greater opportunities for our students. I am myself a member of Phi Kappa Phi since I was an undergraduate student, and am excited to have Marymount University join the ranks of institutions recognized for academic excellence, raising our profile and providing our outstanding students with public recognition for their accomplishments!"
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 when Marcus L. Urann, a student, brought to his professor the idea of creating a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
About Phi Kappa Phi
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’s mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million 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 about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.