Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society that was established in 1897. Recently in 2014, St. Norbert went through a lengthy, involved, and rigorous application process and was awarded its own chapter, Chapter #327. The St. Norbert Chapter has already positively impacted students all around campus providing scholarship and leadership opportunities, and benefiting students such as Sarah Jensen ’18.
Sarah is currently one of the student vice presidents for the SNC chapter along with Megan Schirger '18, and led by chapter president, Dr. Joel Mann. In her role as student vice president, Sarah helps to promote the chapter on campus and played a role in planning both the induction ceremony, which took place on April 4th, and a social gathering for chapter members last fall.
To qualify for membership and to receive an invitation to join Phi Kappa Phi, students must be in the top 7.5% of their junior class and top 10% of their senior class. Although it is an honors society, it's not just for Honors Program members; many non-honors students are invited and involved as well.
There are many benefits to being a member and one of the most impactful is that students in Phi Kappa Phi are given multiple opportunities to apply for scholarships at the national and chapter levels.
“I’ve been able to apply for scholarships through PKP and actually just received one scholarship from our chapter,” said Sarah. Sarah was a recipient of $250 scholarship based on her national Fellowship application to be used towards graduate studies.
Because SNC has a Phi Kappa Phi chapter on campus, there is a scholarship offered to students, whether or not they are members; the Phi Kappa Phi study abroad scholarship. St. Norbert has had four recipients of a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards study abroad expenses.
The chapter holds several gatherings each year for current members to talk about the opportunities that PKP provides. However, the group is looking to becoming more active on campus. “In the future, we are hoping to have a more active chapter,” said Sarah, “I've loved learning about the history of PKP and working to increase its presence on campus. I want people to be excited about their membership and look forward to how PKP at SNC will grow in the coming years.”
For more information about St. Norbert College's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, visit https://www.snc.edu/phikappaphi/.