Phi Kappa Phi Membership
Those invited to membership in Phi Kappa Phi must at least have
placed in the upper five-percent of last-term juniors and the upper
ten-percent of seniors. Graduate students must be in the upper ten
percent of their class. In addition, outstanding faculty and
alumnae may be invited. See the list of
MTSU Phi Kappa Phi Faculty, Staff,
and Honorary Members
Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society, not an honorary
society or fraternity. Membership is earned; it is truly an honor
to be invited for membership.
Benefits of Membership
RECOGNITION for superior academic
AFFILIATION with 1,000,000 distinguished members
worldwide and 282 accredited colleges and universities throughout
the United States, the Philippines and Puerto Rico.
AWARDS such as the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award,
the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award, and Phi Kappa Phi 21st Century
Award that recognize the scholarly and artistic endeavors of
Society members and their contributions to society.
LEADERSHIP opportunities exist at the chapter,
regional and national levels. Members may serve as chapter
officers; local, regional, or national committee chairs or
members; and/or members of the twelve-person national board of
LINKS to up-to-date Society and member
information via the Society's official web site at
NETWORKING opportunities at local and regional
conferences and at national conventions.
PUBLICATIONS that include the Society's
scholarly journal National Forum and the Society's award-winning
newsletter, The Phi Kappa Phi Newsletter.
PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES exist for members to
have their work featured in the Society's scholarly journal,
National Forum, and within The Phi Kappa Phi Newsletter.
RESEARCH GRANTS to further worthy research
endeavors by members, groups of members, or organizations with
which members are affiliated through the Society's Promotion of
Excellence Grant Program.
RESPECT of peers and employers for
well-recognized mark of achievement associated with
SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS AND PROGRAMS at national
conventions, regional conferences, and chapter-sponsored
symposiums; Members have opportunities to both attend as well as
present their work at numerous Phi Kappa Phi-sponsored
SCHOLARSHIPS in the form of Phi Kappa Phi
Graduate Fellowships and Awards of Excellence for students
pursuing first-year graduate study that total $380,000 each year.
Additionally, Phi Kappa Phi chapters award approximately $150,000
in scholarships on an annual basis
SUPPORT of the Society's mission; members,
through contributions in the form of cash gifts, life insurance,
bequests, and other forms of planned giving, can help Phi Kappa
Phi expand its scholarships, grants, and awards programs so that
an ever-increasing number of exemplary Phi Kappa Phi members can
be recognized and rewarded for their worthy endeavors.
The criteria and limits observed in electing persons to
membership are determined by each individual chapter, but always
within the framework of the Society's Bylaws. The conditions set
forth in the Bylaws may be summarized as follows: Undergraduate
students may be considered who have senior status and are
scholastically in the upper 10 percent (or less, if the chapter's
bylaws so provide) of their class; or who have reached the final
period of their junior year and are scholastically in the upper
five percent (or, again, less if the chapter's bylaws so stipulate)
of their class. In no case, however, may the total number of
undergraduates elected in any one year exceed 10 percent of the
candidates for graduation in that year.
- Graduate students may be elected, but their number must not
exceed 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate
degrees during the year.
- Faculty members and alumni who have achieved scholarly
distinction may be elected to membership in limited numbers.
- An occasional honorary or distinguished member may be elected
by a chapter, with the approval of the Board of Directors.
Membership in Phi Kappa Phi 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's criteria signifies 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 from institutions where they may continue their
education or do research. When they seek jobs, they find their
Phi Kappa Phi membership is widely accepted as an indicator of
academic ability and motivation.
- Phi Kappa Phi, being interdisciplinary and thus drawing
membership from all colleges, divisions, or departments within
the academic institution, is a unifying force in education today.
It is in a unique position to cultivate consciousness of
relationships by bringing together individuals from a variety of
disciplines. It promotes the intellectual life of the
- The academic variety within the Society's membership
acquaints initiates with many options if they are in the process
of trying to decide upon a career.
- Members are eligible for Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships.
- Active members receive National Forum: The Phi Kappa Phi
Journal enabling them to keep abreast of significant cultural,
social and scientific issues.
- Active members receive the Newsletter, enabling them to share
in the national activities and programs of the Society and of its
- Members of the Society can participate in activities
sponsored by local chapters.
- Phi Kappa Phi insists upon high quality in the institutions
to which it grants chapters, e.g., strong faculties and ample
libraries. It thus fulfills an obligation to assure its initiates
that they are coming into a truly significant organization.
- Phi Kappa Phi provides for the association of kindred
spirits--kindred in the sense of having integrity of character
and the highest ideals, as well as an abiding love of
Qualified students receive a letter in the fall and spring
semester inviting them to membership. (Individuals who believe they
meet eligibility requirements, but who did not receive a letter of
invitation, should contact the Chapter Secretary).
Faculty and Staff
Limited numbers of qualified faculty and staff are invited
to membership each year, based upon nominations by members.