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The Phi Kappa Phi Foundation Marks 50th Anniversary

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi today marks the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1969 to help provide financial support for Phi Kappa Phi’s mission of recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. Among other things, the Foundation helps support Society award programs through donations.

Because of the generosity of donors, more than $17 million dollars in awards have been distributed to students, Society members, chapters and institutions around the world. Distributions to date include:

Fellowships – $14,058,254 has provided funding to first-year graduate students who are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees.
Study Abroad Grants – $919,000 has supported undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
Love of Learning Awards – $835,000 has funded post-baccalaureate professional development.
Literacy Grants – $432,919 has funded ongoing literacy projects or created new initiatives.
Dissertation Fellowships – $340,000 has supported students in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study.
Excellence in Innovation Award – $200,000 has provided funding to colleges and universities for their achievements of innovation in higher education.
Scholar, Artist and Service Awards – $78,000 has honored individuals who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and public service.
Graduate Research Grant Pilot Program – $15,000 has helped members traveling to conduct or present graduate research.
Other Awards – $204,190

“Phi Kappa Phi has provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime by helping aid the cost of study abroad,” shared award recipient Landry Smith. “As a result of this grant, I will be able to focus more on my academics and the culture of Europe, not the financial strain that the cost of study abroad places on a family. I could not be more grateful for how much Phi Kappa Phi cares for and invests in their scholars.”

To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi’s awards program, visit

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. 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’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit

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