Phi Kappa Phi Names Semifinalists for Excellence in Innovation Award


BATON ROUGE, La.— The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recently named the six semifinalists for its Excellence in Innovation Award. The new $100,000 award, given once per biennium, will recognize an institution for achievement in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national or global challenges.

The semifinalists were assessed on the project’s ability to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to create systemic large-scale change. The recipient institution will receive $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century.

The six semifinalist institutions include:
• Arizona State University
• California State University, Fullerton
• The Evergreen State College
• James Madison University
• The New School
• Tulane University

Since 1933, Phi Kappa Phi has awarded fellowships and grants to members and students on its chapter campuses. Currently, more than $500,000 is awarded annually through programs that last year recognized over 270 individuals. The Excellence in Innovation Award is the Society’s only award for institutions.

Phi Kappa Phi will name the three finalists for the award in May. The inaugural recipient will be announced in late May and presented at the Society’s biennial convention on July 30.

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About Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi annually inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters at 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 second-term 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 to engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit us at

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