LSU Phi Kappa Phi Recognized as Chapter of Excellence
BATON ROUGE – For the second consecutive year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently recognized the campus chapter at LSU as a Chapter of Excellence.
The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.
“Behind every Chapter of Excellence is a committed group of officers who give generously of their time and talent to recognize outstanding students,” said Lourdes Barro, the society’s executive director. “Officers of award-winning chapters make it possible for students to benefit from Phi Kappa Phi’s awards programs and leadership opportunities.”
“The LSU Phi Kappa Phi chapter, which has grown dramatically over the past four years to almost 1,000 active members, is very engaged in community service and providing scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students,” said LSU Phi Kappa Phi Chapter President Richard Vlosky, a professor in the university’s School of Renewable Natural Resources.
By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, LSU’s chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships, grants and fellowships.
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Since its founding, more than one million members have been initiated.
Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, writer John Grisham, opera singer Renee Fleming, journalist and broadcaster Deborah Norville and Netscape founder James Barksdale.
The society has awarded approximately $13 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $700,000 is awarded annually to qualifying members and non-members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.
The society’s mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.