In 1897, ten seniors at the University of Maine, envisioning a society whose membership would be open to the superior college student, regardless of the academic discipline engaging him or her were assisted by interested members of the faculty in organizing the Lambda Sigma Eta Society. By 1900, the national organizations was renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of three classical Greek words forming its adopted motto: “Let the love of learning rule mankind.”
Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines—a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.
Every year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 60 fellowships of $5,000 each, and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each chapter nominates one candidate from its membership to compete. TU’s Andre Boustani received the fellowship award in 2007.
Currently there are more than 270 chapter of Phi Kappa Phi scattered from Maine to Hawaii and the Philippines and from Alaska to Puerto Rico.