Philip Haggard of Trinity was recently inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the country’s oldest and most selective multidisciplinary academic honor society. Haggard was initiated at Mississippi State University.
Haggard is one of more than 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni who are introduced to Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires a Chapter nomination and approval. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of graduate degree applicants may also be eligible, as may professors, professional staff, and alumni who have earned scholarly honors.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann who wanted to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognizes excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Its mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all areas of higher education and to engage the academic community in the service of others”.
Since its founding, over 1.5 million members have been introduced to Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the notable members of the organization include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham, and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards over $ 1 million to outstanding students and members through graduate and thesis scholarships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, funding for post-baccalaureate development and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.phikappaphi.org.