Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma

Infobox Fraternity | name = Phi Eta Sigma
letters = ΦΗΣ
motto = "Φρονις εστι δυναμις"
(Greek: Knowledge is Power)
crest =
colors = Gold and Black
birthplace = University of Illinois
founded = birth date and age|1923|03|22
chapters = 353
type = Honor
scope = flag|United States
chapters = 353
lifetime = 800,000+
publication = The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma
charterdate = March 22, 1923
chartercity = Champaign, Illinois
address = 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11062
city = Bowling Green
state = Kentucky
country = USA
free_label =
free =
homepage = []

Phi Eta Sigma is an American freshman honor society. Founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923, is the oldest and largest freshman honor society and now has more than three hundred chapters throughout the United States and more than 800,000 members. It is the third oldest member of the Association of College Honor Societies.


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. Once inducted, membership is conferred for life, and members need not maintain a 3.5 GPA.


Phi Eta Sigma provides 50 or more $1,000 awards and 30 or more $4,000 scholarship for undergraduate study, as well as 5 $7,500 scholarships for the first year of graduate study. Members of Phi Eta Sigma must apply to receive these awards.

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 Scholarship Committee determines to best exemplify the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma.


Phi Eta Sigma has two publications which it distributes to its members each year. The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma [The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma] is a magazine published each year containing updates of Phi Eta Sigma's activity, 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

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 an a student delegate from each chapter. The most recent convention was held in October 27-29, 2006 in Austin, Texas.

Executive Committee

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 2006-2008 [Phi Eta Sigma Executive Committee] Term is:

Grand President

Mrs. Molly Lawrence, The University of Alabama

Grand President Emeritus

Dr. B.J. Alexander, Tarleton State University

Grand President Emeritus

Mr. John Harrell, Indiana University

Grand Vice President

Mr. Tony Kemp, Mercer University

Grand Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. John W. Sagabiel, Western Kentucky University

Grand Historian

Ms. Mary Jo Custer, Syracuse University

Grand Historian Emeritus

Dr. Kyle Sessions, Illinois State University

Chapter Advisers

Dr. Howard R. Gray, Brigham Young University

Mrs. Marilyn Moore, Gannon University

Student Members

Ms. Leah Campbell, Gannon University

Ms. Linda Chu, University of California, Los Angeles

Ms. Heather Reif, Florida State University


External links

* [ Phi Eta Sigma official site]
* [ The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma Online]
* [ Phi Eta Sigma Executive Committee]

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