Why Your Student Should Accept Their Phi Kappa Phi Membership Invitation

By: Madison White, Wichita State University

Do you have a high achieving college student? If so, it is possible that they’ll be asked to join the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and join the ranks of over 1.5 million members inducted into the society. This honor society is entirely exclusive and open by invitation only to the best students around the country.

Many students who qualify for this award are the top 7.5 percent of juniors and 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. However, faculty, staff, and alumni may be eligible to join the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society if they’ve received scholarly distinction.

Chances are that there is a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at your student’s university considering there are students invited from over 300 campuses throughout the United States and the Phillipines, according to a recent press release. Each year, the society invites around 30,000 students to join the ranks of Phi Kappa Phi. This society thrives on inclusivity and has members from all areas of study: business, education, medicine, government, science, the arts, and many more.

So why should your student join if they are selected? Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and most selective collegiate honor society. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, it holds 120 years of tradition in academic excellence. In addition to the recognition of being a part of this prestigious society, members can also find a variety of benefits.

Phi Kappa Phi offers multiple awards, fellowships, and grants to its members valued at $1.4 million each biennium. Some of these are fellowships for graduate students of $15,000 in value. But they’ve not forgotten their members venturing out into the real world! They have $500 grants for professional development as well. From fellowships to undergraduate study abroad grants, Phi Kappa Phi has opportunities for individuals and chapters.

Besides the allure of money, Phi Kappa Phi also has a large network of partners working to develop career resources, networking, discounts, and leadership opportunities. Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd said in the release, “We look forward to continuing this legacy of scholarship by honoring the outstanding achievements of eligible students on our chapter campuses.”

More information about this society can be found at

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