SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 18, 2017 — The Drury University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold its initiation ceremony at 2 p.m.on Sunday, April 23, in Stone Chapel. This year’s class of initiates includes 51 students and eight faculty and staff.
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 based on GPA, along with faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society, founded in 1897 at the University of Maine.
Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.
More than 1.25 million members have been initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci, and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.
Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community.