Alpha Chi

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Alpha Chi
FoundedFebruary 22, 1922; 101 years ago (1922-02-22)
TypeHonor society
EmphasisGeneral scholarship
MottoYou shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Colors  Emerald Green and   Sapphire blue
Members10,000 annually collegiate
Headquarters2020 W 3rd Street, Suite 320
Little Rock, AR 72211

Alpha Chi National College Honor Society (or ΑΧ) is an American collegiate honor society recognizing achievements in general scholarship.It was formed in 1922 by nineteen schools in the state of Texas; however, the first official meeting to discuss the founding of an intercollegiate honor society, held on February 22, 1922, only saw five schools represented.[1] Since then it has expanded to 300 chapters throughout the United States. It is an open society that invites university juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are in the top 10 percent of their class[2] into its ranks.


In 1915, Southwestern University President Charles M. Bishop created an honor society to encourage and promote superior students. Faculty at Southwestern reached out to four other colleges and universities in Texas to create an intercollegiate honor society. On February 22, 1922, the Scholarship Societies of Texas were formed. A year later, representatives from 13 schools met on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin and six other schools mailed in votes to establish the organization's first constitution. These 19 schools went on to establish their chapters of the organization including the Nolle Scholarship Society at Southwest Texas State Normal College, now known as Texas State University–San Marcos. Between 1926 and 1927 the honor society expanded to schools in Arkansas and Louisiana resulting in the name changing to the Scholarship Societies of the South. Dean Alfred H. Nolle, after whom Southwest Texas' chapter was named, became President of the newly named organization; Nolle would later serve as the secretary-treasurer for nearly 50 years. With plans for further expansion, in 1934 the organization voted to change its name again, this time to Alpha Chi. The name was chosen such that its initials AX would come from the Greek words aletheia for truth and χαρακτήρ for the character.[3][4]

At the 2007 National Convention, a membership category for graduate students was created allowing them, as well as college juniors and seniors, to join the society.[5] Its current headquarters is located in Little Rock, Arkansas.[6]


The Alpha Chi Honor Society is open to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are in the top 10% of their class. Invitations to join the organization are issued directly to eligible students by faculty advisors of active Alpha Chi chapters.[5] The society inducts about 10,000 new members each year through its 300 currently active chapters.[7]

Alpha Chi provides a lifetime membership for a one-time fee of $55. Some chapters add the cost of local dues to fund events and subsidize convention participation.[8]


Alpha Chi publishes two magazines: Aletheia and Kalo. Aletheia serves as the society's peer-reviewed academic journal for undergraduate student members, featuring papers and essays from a wide variety of academic disciplines.[9][10]


The national headquarters for Alpha Chi sponsors 43 scholarships and fellowships to members, totaling US$83,000 each year. Undergraduate students can receive the Gaston/Nolle Scholarship to help fund their senior year of college. Undergraduate students who will be attending their first year of graduate school can compete for the Sledge/Benedict Fellowship. Other active members who are currently, or will be, graduate student can earn the Pryor/Organ/Freeman Fellowship. Alpha Chi's regions offer scholarships, and individual collegiate chapters may also offer their scholarships.[11]


  1. ^ Sledge, Robert; Organ, Dennis (2022). Scholarship and Character: 100 Years of Alpha Chi. 8 Shackleford Plaza, Suite 200 Little Rock, Arkansas 72211: The National Council of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-9659175-1-3.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 2021-10-24.
  3. ^ Brown, Ronald C. (1979). Beacon on the Hill: Southwest Texas State University, 1903-1978. Faculty Publications-University College, Texas State University-San Marcos. p. 20.
  4. ^ "Our History". Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "About Alpha Chi". Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "Governance". Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  7. ^ "Alpha Chi National College Honor Society". Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "Alpha Chi National College Honor Society - FAQ". Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  9. ^ "About Aletheia". Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  10. ^ "Kalo". Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  11. ^ "Scholarships". Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Retrieved November 12, 2021.

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