“Phi Kappa Phi depends on the commitment and energy of nearly 2,000 volunteers who offer their time and talent to assure the success of our programs.” Dr. Mary Todd, Phi Kappa Phi Executive Director
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (PRWEB) April 24, 2017
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, is proud to celebrate National Volunteer Week beginning today, April 24, through April 29, 2017.
In honor of National Volunteer Week, Phi Kappa Phi celebrates the outstanding efforts of its board members, committee members and chapter officers who serve more than 300 chapters nationwide. The commitment and support of these volunteers enable Phi Kappa Phi to continue its 120-year history of recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education.
“Phi Kappa Phi depends on the commitment and energy of nearly 2,000 volunteers annually to manage our chapters, serve on boards and committees, and support the mission of the Society,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “For much of its history Phi Kappa Phi was run completely by volunteers. Even now, when the daily work is managed by staff, we continue to depend on the good help of those members who offer their time and talent to assure the success of our programs.”
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Each year the Society inducts approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni on its chapter campuses in the United States and the Philippines. More than 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi since its founding.
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 as a way to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their communities.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities available for Phi Kappa Phi members, visit http://www.phikappaphi.org/volunteer.
More About Phi Kappa Phi
Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction may also qualify for membership. Its 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." Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each biennium, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.phikappaphi.org.