Barely 4 years old, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has distinguished itself as an exceptional chapter.
Mary Todd, executive director of the nation’s oldest and most selective interdisciplinary honor society, informed Dr. Anne Boettcher, an ERAU faculty member and chapter president, that it had been selected from among more than 340 chapters for “Circle of Excellence Gold” status for the 2019-2020 year.
Chapter 337 at ERAU was recognized because of the high level of academic excellence and engagement on campus during the year. The chapter received a $200 award.
Since its founding and installation in September 2016, the ERAU chapter has initiated outstanding students each semester. Boettcher said the stringent admission standards require students must rank in no less than the top 10% of the student body.
She added, “Those who are invited to membership are truly student scholars. I want to emphasize that Phi Kappa Phi is an academic honor society, not honorary society.”
The society, now 123 years old, was founded at the University of Maine. It has chapters throughout North America and in the Philippines.
The ERAU chapter inducted five new members this fall and awarded two $2,000 scholarships. Chapter officers will conduct a book drive for a number of area public schools in the greater community this spring.