University of Pennsylvania’s Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society chapter has
been recognized for the fifth consecutive year as a Chapter of Excellence by
the national Phi Kappa Phi organization.
The university’s chapter is one of only
28 in the nation and one of three in the northeast region 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 and has 328 chapters throughout the
nation. To be invited for membership, students must be in the top 7.5 percent
of their class if they are juniors or the top 10 percent if they are seniors or
graduate students. Faculty and professional staff members and alumni who have
achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.
The chapter at IUP 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 for meeting frequently, holding
annual initiations, and applying frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select
scholarships, grants and fellowships.
“It’s very gratifying to see this
tradition of excellence continue to be recognized on a national basis,” Jonathan
Smith, IUP professor and Phi Kappa Phi chapter president, said. “As president,
I want to offer my continued appreciation to the leadership teams before me for
the strong foundations they have built for the IUP chapter and to my board and my
student vice presidents for their hard work and support throughout the year.”
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi
Kappa Phi inducts
about 30,000 people annually.