The IUP chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society has been recognized, for the second consecutive year, as a Chapter of Excellence by the national Phi Kappa Phi organization.

The IUP chapter is one of only 19 in the nation receiving this honor for recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest honor society for all academic disciplines, with 300 chapters throughout the nation.

The IUP chapter was founded in 1993. Since that time, several IUP students have received competitive Phi Kappa Phi scholarships, including a 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Fellow Award, national fellowships for graduate study, study abroad scholarships, and Love of Learning awards.

By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, the IUP chapter is recognized as an organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations, and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi's select scholarships, grants, and fellowships.

“This is a very prestigious honor, reserved for the best and most active chapters of Phi Kappa Phi,” Dennis Giever, IUP Phi Kappa Phi chapter president, said. “As president, I owe my thanks to my board, especially my student vice presidents, for their hard work and support throughout the year. This award is a reflection of that hard work and dedication.”

Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi inducts about 30,000 students, faculty, and professional staff members and alumni annually. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and the top 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty and professional staff members and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.