Help Your Student’s College Win Excellence in Innovation Award

By Elana Goodwin, Uloop

Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi has announced they are currently accepting applications for its 2018 Excellence in Innovation Award, according to a recent press release. The deadline for interested universities to apply for the $100,000 award is December 12, 2017 — so don’t wait to tell your student’s college about this great opportunity if they match the criteria.

“The Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award is a fitting extension of our mission to recognize and promote excellence in higher education by lifting up the transformative work being done on college and university campuses across the country,” said Phi Kappa Phi Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 and is the country’s oldest and most discerning collegiate honor society for all academic majors. Each year, it inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, and other professional staff, and there are chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have accomplished scholarly distinction also qualify for membership. 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 being established in 2014, the Excellence in Innovation Award has been given out every two years. The honor society recognizes a remarkable college or university for the fulfillment of discovering a powerful functional solution to better the lives of others and create systematic extensive change in response to local, regional, national, or global challenges. The college who receives the Excellence in Innovation Award will be given $100,000 in physical recognition of its commendable strides in response to the changes and difficulties higher education institutions face in the world today.

The Society has given out fellowships and grants to Phi Kappa Phi members and students on its chapter campus since 1932. Today, more than $700,000 is awarded every year through various programs that in the past year alone have recognized over 285 individuals. The Excellence in Innovation Award was initially awarded in 2016 to Tulane University and is the Society’s only award for collegiate establishments.

The application period for colleges and universities to apply for the Excellence in Innovation Award is open until December 12, 2017. To be eligible, the institution must be a regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree-granting four-year college or university in the United States (or located outside the U.S. that have an active chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi). Only one submission per college is allowed and the submission must include the signatures of the university president/chancellor and provost/chief academic officer. For further information including award criteria, application details, etc., visit

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