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Honor Society Deemed Excellent

The SDSU chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society received the highest honor possible for the organization.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recently recognized the San Diego State University chapter as a "Chapter of Excellence," the highest commendation a chapter can receive.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony 2011

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.

“Chapter officers are volunteers with a deep commitment to Phi Kappa Phi — they are to be commended for their tireless effort on behalf of students," said  Mary Todd, society executive director.

About the distinction

By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, the SDSU 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.   

“Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 96 continues to be proud of their Chapter of Excellence status," said Kathy LaMaster, chapter president. "We earned this recognition in the inaugural year of the award (2009) and have maintained that status.

“Our board of directors, student vice presidents and membership work collaboratively throughout the year to earn this annual recognition. Our members are persons who are passionately seeking excellence in learning and who demonstrate an active commitment to the society's standards of excellence, and this award reinforces their efforts.”

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive:

  • a commendation letter from the society sent to chapter officers and campus administration
  • special recognition on the society’s website and publications
  • specially designed logo for use in chapter communications
  • recognition advertisements in local media and educational journals
  • a $500 award