October 13, 2015 at 1:30pm

Millikin University recognized as a Phi Kappa Phi Chapter of Merit

Phi Kappa PhiThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the Millikin University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi 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.

The goal of the Chapter Recognition Program is to reward those chapters that have exhibited outstanding performances as a result of the efforts of their volunteer chapter officers. This past year, 44 of 316 chapters achieved recognition status.

"The Chapter Recognition Program offers Phi Kappa Phi the opportunity to say a special thank you to chapters who go above and beyond in promoting academic excellence on their campuses," said Society Executive Director Mary Todd.

By receiving the Chapter of Merit distinction, the Millikin University chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi's select awards, grants, and fellowships.

"Millikin's recognition as a Chapter of Merit by Phi Kappa Phi is a wonderful acknowledgment of the great work our faculty, staff, and students do together," said Millikin Provost Dr. Jeffery P. Aper. "Phi Kappa Phi is distinctive as an academic honor society because it encompasses the full range of academic disciplines within the university, and also because it emphasizes the importance of academic achievement and scholarship as they contribute to the greater good."

Millikin Phi Kappa Phi Chapter President Amanda Pippitt noted, "Recognition as a Chapter of Merit reflects the hard work our volunteer chapter officers have done in growing Millikin's chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi over the last few years. We are truly honored to be a part of the celebration of scholarship, leadership, and service across all areas of the Millikin University campus."

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Merit distinction receive:

  • A commendation letter from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 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
  • $100 award

Dr. Aper added, "We have many reasons to be proud of our students and faculty and staff colleagues, and this is one more national recognition of our success in helping our students grow as scholars and as good citizens. Performance Learning matters in helping students build the foundations for lives of meaning and value."

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit PhiKappaPhi.org.