Drury faculty & students to join Phi Kappa Phi at inaugural ceremony

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 16, 2016 — The Drury University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold its inaugural initiation ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21 in Stone Chapel. Drury’s first class of initiates includes 44 students (12 juniors, 13 seniors, 19 graduate students) and eight faculty/staff. This event is open to the public.

In addition to the recognition afforded to members, these exceptional scholars will have the opportunity to access grants and fellowships from the national society in order to further their academic careers.

Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students based on GPA, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society – installed the Drury University chapter in April 2015. Drury is the 331st chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine.

“The commitment to excellence at Drury University is evidenced by the superior academic environment, motivated student population, strong honors program and exceptional faculty and staff,” said Society President Tim Hulsey when Drury was invited to form a chapter.

“Drury’s focus of combining the liberal arts and professional studies is an ideal fit with Phi Kappa Phi as a selective, all-discipline honor society,” said Stephen Bomgardner, professor of music and president of the Drury chapter.

The Society has awarded approximately $15 million in grants and awards since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

More than 1.25 million members have been initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley.

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Media Contact: Stephen Bomgardner, PKP Chapter President & Professor of Music: (417) 873-7388 or sbomgardner@drury.edu.