Phi Kappa Phi (φKφ)

In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophía Krateítõ Phõtôn, Let the love of learning rule humanity.

Phi Kappa Phi, the largest, oldest, and most selective interdisciplinary honor society, invites the top 7.5% of juniors and 10% of seniors and graduate students to be members of the Fontbonne University Chapter. Faculty, staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Members represent academic excellence, promote a community of scholars, and are eligible to compete for grants and fellowships.

Phi Kappa Phi’s 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.”

  • 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Initiates