WAUKESHA, WIS.— The national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently recognized Carroll University as a Chapter of Merit. 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 Merit is a committed group of officers who give generously of their time and talent to recognize outstanding students,” said Lourdes Barro, the society’s acting executive director. “Officers of award-winning chapters make it possible for students to benefit from Phi Kappa Phi’s award programs and leadership opportunities.”
Carroll’s chapter was initiated in April 2010. Dr. Susan Lewis, professor of biology, was the presiding officer during 2010-2011, the academic year for which the award was given. She said, “We are very excited to receive this recognition in our first year as a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.”
Carroll is recognized as a chapter that meets frequently, holds annual initiations and regularly applies for Phi Kappa Phi’s select scholarships, grants and fellowships. The Chapter of Merit distinction includes a $100 award, a specially designed logo for use in chapter communications and special recognition on the Phi Kappa Phi website, in publications and at the national convention.
Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. 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. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines, and more than 1 million members have been initiated since its founding. 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.