Endowed scholarship forms

Admission to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter in accordance with the bylaws of both the chapter and the national society. Both require superior scholarship and good character as criteria for membership. Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary society or fraternity. Membership is earned; it is a true honor. Meeting Phi Kappa Phi criteria signfies excellence which, in turn, signifies distinction. Because of their outstanding records, members of Phi Kappa Phi often are preferred candidates for grants, scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. When they seek jobs, they find their Phi Kappa Phi membership is widely accepted as an indicator of academic ability and motivation.

To be considered for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, a student must be in the top 10 percent of the senior or graduate class or a second-semester junior in the top 7.5 percent of his/her class. Sound character is a supporting criterion. Faculty and alumni are chosen for outstanding contributions to their fields.

Our purpose
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's primary objective is the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. The society is convinced that in recognizing and honoring those persons of good character who have excelled in scholarship, in whatever field, it will stimulate others to strive for excellence. Moreover, the society serves the interests of the student capable of excellence by insisting that in order to acquire a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an institution provide the means and atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.

Chapter Bylaws

Our history
In 1897 a group of 10 students at the University of Maine, who perceived a need for an honor society on broader lines than any then in existence, was assisted by interested professors to organize the Lambda Sigma Eta Society. A year or so later the name was changed to the Morrill Society, in honor of the sponsor of the Congressional Act which provided for land-grant colleges. 

In 1900 it was transformed into a national society by action of a committee composed of the presidents of the University of Maine, the University of Tennessee, and Pennsylvania State College (now The Pennsylvania State University). The chapters in these institutions are the founding chapters. 

The society was renamed Phi Kappa Phi, from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: "Philosophia Krateito Photon," roughly translated as "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi currently has chapters in institutions from Maine to the Philippines and from Alaska to Puerto Rico.
Southeastern's chapter was chartered and installed on May 11, 1956.

Our badge
Phi Kappa Phi's badge, which apprears on the key, is a globe against the background of the sun, whose rays form an expansive corona and radiate in a number of symmetrical concentrations from behind the globe. These signify equivalence among the various branches of learning and represent the dissemination of truth as light. Encircling the globe is a band containing the Greek letters for Phi Kappa Phi and symbolizing a fraternal bond which girds the earth and binds the lovers of wisdom in a common purpose.

As a benefit of membership, Phi Kappa Phi produces two major publications. Its printed magazine, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, features in each issue a variety of articles on topics of interest, both timely and timeless, designed to appeal to the diverse membership of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  An electronic magazine called the Honor Cord is posted three times-per-year and focuses on topics such as job search techniques, presentation skills, and post-graduate study. A monthly e-mail communication, Monthly Mentions, also was created to keep members informed of exclusive Phi Kappa Phi activities and opportunities. 

Scholarship & Award Information
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's ongoing commitment to excellence is reflected in its scholarships and awards programs. More than $800,000 is awarded each year to outstanding Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters through the Society's various awards competitions: the Fellowship, Phi Kappa Phi Scholar & Artist, Emerging Scholar Awards, Study Abroad Grants, Literacy Grants, and Love of Learning.

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Download Lou Ballard Scholarship

Henry Earl and Carole Corkern Endowed Scholarship

Quiz Bowl
Southeastern's chapter hosts an annual Quiz Bowl during Homecoming Week at the University. Students and faculty battle over the annual bragging rights in this popular event.

Download the Quiz Bowl Information and Participation Forms

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updated on 9/30/10