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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Founded in 1897, and with 300 chapters at colleges and universities in North America, the Society is highly regarded by graduate schools and employers. The UMSL Chapter was chartered in 1980, and its members include the Chancellor, Provost, Deans, many campus senior administrators, and many of the campus' leading faculty scholars.

Phi Kappa Phi members are eligible to apply for a variety of scholarships offered by the National Organization, including Fellowships to support the first year of graduate or professional study; Study Abroad grants; and Literacy Grants for service projects that promote literacy in the local community. Detailed information about these scholarships is available on the National Website.

Invitation to membership is offered twice a year, in the Fall and Spring semesters, to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, who have earned a minimum number of credit hours at UMSL. Students may not apply, but will be invited to join the Society by the Chapter President if they meet the standards of eligibility. Details of the eligibility requirements are available on the National Website.

Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly a million dollars of scholarships to its members each year, through national competitions. Details are available on the National grant website. There are 54 annual Fellowships, ranging between $8,500 and $35,000 each, to support the first year of graduate or professional study. Student members of the UMSL Chapter may apply by submitting an application to the Awards Officer, Dr. Kathleen Haywood. The next chapter competition deadline will be in March 2024, and questions should be directed to Dr. Haywood.

Each year, Phi Kappa Phi also offers 10 Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each, 125 Study Abroad Grants of $1,000 each, 200 Love of Learning Awards of $500 each for post-baccalaureate education or professional development, and several Literacy Grants of up to $2,500 to support projects to advance community literacy. Applications for these awards are submitted directly to the National organization, and more information is available at the National grant website.

The UMSL Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi offers the annual John J. Anderson Chapter Scholarship of $1,000. The scholarship is available only to student members of the Chapter, and it will apply to the student's UMSL tuition in the following semester. For questions concerning the Anderson Scholarship, please contact the Awards Officer, Dr. Kathleen Haywood.

Chapter Links

Phi Kappa Phi National Organization

Chapter Officers

Dr. Jeanne Morgan Zarucchi
Professor of Art History and French

Dr. Jennifer McKanry
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

Awards Officer
Dr. Kathleen Haywood
Professor Emerita, College of Education