Marymount University has received approval for its petition to have a chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi on campus. Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, is the only collegiate national honor society that is open to students – juniors, seniors, and graduate students – in all majors and programs. Juniors who are in the top 7.5% of their class, and seniors and graduate students who are in the top 10% of their classes, will be invited to become members of this society, which offers leadership development opportunities, scholarships for graduate work, study-abroad funding, mentoring and networking services, and partner discounts, among other member benefits.
In order to be approved for chapter installation, Marymount University had to submit a formal application, and host a site visit from the national Phi Kappa Phi executive director. Officers of the new chapter have been selected from among the faculty and administrators who were inducted into Phi Kappa Phi as students themselves: Alison Gregory, president; Sarah Fischer, vice-president; Janet Fallon, secretary; and Catherine England, treasurer.
Plans are underway for a chapter installation event, at which the chapter charter will be signed. Students who meet the criteria for membership and who choose to accept their invitation to join Phi Kappa Phi will be inducted at a ceremony on April 24, 2019, as part of “Research Day.”
President Becerra, herself a member of Phi Kappa Phi, is excited to have Marymount University join the ranks of institutions recognized for academic excellence that also have Phi Kappa Phi chapters, raising our profile and providing outstanding students with public recognition for their accomplishments!