Phi Eta Sigma

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Phi Eta Sigma
Phi Eta Sigma.svg
Founded March 22, 1923
University of Illinois
Type National Honor Society
Motto Φρόνις ἐστί δύναμις
(Greek: Knowledge is Power)
Colors Gold and Black
Publication The Forum
Chapters 377
Members 1,100,000+ lifetime
Headquarters Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

Phi Eta Sigma (ΦΗΣ) is an American freshman honor society. Founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923, it is the oldest and largest freshman honor society and now has more than three hundred and seventy-five chapters throughout the United States and more than 1,100,000 members.[1]


Any first-year student with a GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of a full curricular period is eligible for membership, provided that student has taken normal academic coursework.[1] Once inducted, membership is conferred for life, and members are not required to maintain a 3.5 GPA.


Phi Eta Sigma provides $1,000 awards and $6,000 scholarships for undergraduate study, as well as $7,500 scholarships for the first year of graduate study. Members of Phi Eta Sigma must apply to receive these awards. Nearly $300,000 in scholarships is awarded every year by the national organization.[1]

Phi Eta Sigma also awards the Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar Leader of the Year Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of the founder and first Grand President of Phi Eta Sigma. This scholarship is a $10,000 award presented yearly to the member whom the Scholarship Committee determines to best exemplify the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma.[2]


Phi Eta Sigma has two publications which it distributes to its members each year.[3] The Forum is a magazine published each year containing updates of Phi Eta Sigma's activity, as well as announcements and biographies of scholarship recipients. Hints on Studying and Learning is a popular pamphlet distributed by Phi Eta Sigma to its members. It addresses effective study habits such as preparation for studying; productive reading, note taking, and memorizing skills; as well as suggestions for the successful preparation of term papers and preparing for exams.

National Convention[edit]

Phi Eta Sigma organizes a biennial convention for its members, advisers, and special guests. Attendee expenses, excluding transportation, are paid for by the national office for a chapter adviser and a student delegate from each chapter.[1] The most recent convention was held in 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.[4]

Executive committee[edit]

The Executive Committee is elected at the biennial conventions. The committee includes national officers, chapter advisers, and students, and oversees the business of the Society, and the national office staff manages general operations.

The current Executive Committee for the 2010–2012 term is:[5]

List of universities with a present or former chapter[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Get the Facts About Phi Eta Sigma". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Phi Eta Sigma Scholar of the Year". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Phi Eta Sigma's Publications". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Phi Eta Sigma News". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Leadership in Phi Eta Sigma". Phi Eta Sigma. 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ Tulane Undergraduate Student Organizations

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