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TWU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi turns the page

Texas Woman’s University’s chapter of the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi has just recently been recognized with the prestigious honor of being named a Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter.

Phi Kappa Phi was first established in 1897 at the University of Maine. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and most competitive collegiate honor society for all academic fields in the history of the United States. One can only become a member by invitation by the society, and the society only accepts the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and only 7.5 percent of juniors. Alumni, staff and faculty also have the opportunity to be invited to be in the society if they receive scholarly distinction and fulfill other qualifications.

Since its beginning in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has inducted more than 1.5 million members. Some especially known members of Phi Kappa Phi are NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, President Jimmy Carter, co-founder of YouTube Chad Hurley and suspense novelist John Grisham.

Phi Kappa Phi is a strong supporter of its members. Each year, it awards almost $1 million to the students and members of Phi Kappa Phi who show qualification. This money is used to fund graduate and dissertation fellowships, grants for national and local literacy initiatives and undergraduate study abroad grants.

An illustrious aspect within Phi Kappa Phi is the honor of being named a Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter. TWU’s chapter has recently achieved this honor, an honor that is considered the highest commendation a chapter can receive from Phi Kappa Phi. To be named a Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter, TWU’s chapter had to go above and beyond the chapter operation expectations and also prove sustainability and vitality as a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

To qualify for the Circle of Excellence Platinum honor, TWU had to score a perfect 100 on a criteria scale created by the organization. This scale assesses the chapter’s health and evaluates whether the chapter is fulfilling its duties.

By being given the Platinum distinction, TWU’s chapter has shown itself to be a prosperous organization that upholds the Phi Kappa Phi Bylaws, regularly attends chapter training opportunities, holds annual initiations and finally, submits a chapter-endorsed nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program.

TWU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi will receive a variety of special recognition for being named a Circle of Excellence Platinum Chapter. First, the chapter officers and campus administrators will receive a letter of commendation from the Society. Next, TWU will be recognized on the Phi Kappa Phi website. Finally, the chapter will get a specially-designed logo to use in chapter communications and either a $300 cash award or an applicable event registration grant, the chapter gets to choose.

For more information on Phi Kappa Phi, visit or for more information on the Circle of Honor program, visit

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