A b o u t P h i K a p p a P h i
Founded in 1897, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 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."
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
Each year, approximately 30,000 new members are initiated. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members into its ranks. All members receive emblems and certificates of membership, however, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines - a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.
Nationally, a twelve-person Board of Directors oversees the business of
the Society. The daily operations of the Society are managed
by members of the national headquarters staff.
are run solely by dedicated faculty and staff volunteers who
work with the National Headquarters and the Board of Directors
to offer a variety of programs to the membership.
Election for Phi Kappa Phi membership
to membership is by invitation only. Each chapter screens
juniors, seniors, and graduate students for membership based
upon their grade point averages and good character. Those
who meet the national requirements are issued an invitation.
More information is available in the Membership
section of this website.
Programs offered by Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $500,000 in awards and scholarships
to its members. National Phi Kappa Phi award and scholarship
programs include the Graduate Fellowship and Award of Excellence
competition, Promotion of Excellence grants, Scholar and Artist
awards, and Internship and Study Abroad grants. Lectureships,
symposiums, and local awards and scholarships exist at the
regional and chapter levels.
How can I apply for Phi Kappa Phi scholarships and awards?
Application information is avaibale at the Scholarships and Awards section of the Phi Kappa Phi National Organization Web site.
A few famous Phi Kappa Phi members
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi counts among its ranks many outstanding men and women from across the disciplines. The Society's more than 100,000 active members include great minds in science and medicine, government and law and the military, education and business, along with sports, literature and the arts and just about every other field imaginable.
Carter, 39th US President, Nobel Prize winner
Barksdale, founder of Netscape
Rodham Clinton, US Senator, US Secretary of State
Ambrose, historian and founder of the D-Day Museum
Olah, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
Marsalis, acclaimed jazz musician
Gore, US Vice President, Nobel Prize winner
John Grisham, Ernest Gaines, Stephen Ambrose, James Lee
Burke, and David Baldacci
- See more famous members at Great Minds Think Alike