Message from the President


Welcome to the web site of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The VCU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1976, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of recognizing students of superior academic achievement; it is the only university-wide honor society that promotes and recognizes academic excellence in all academic disciplines. The Phi Kappa Phi motto is “Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity.” Our VCU chapter is committed to this guiding principle.

Phi Kappa PhiPhi Kappa Phi inducts juniors, seniors and graduate students, along with faculty and alumni, into the Honor Society. Student membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only, and is based on a minimum 3.5 grade-point average and class rank.  Our chapter holds its initiation during the fall semester. Invitations, therefore, are typically sent in October. New members are inducted into Phi Kappa Phi at an initiation ceremony in November that is held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VFMA).

This past year our chapter continued to sponsor the Eat and Greet Dinner for Phi Kappa Phi faculty and student members, at which the Executive Committee cooked a meal for fellowship and meaningful conversation. The 2017 Eat and Greet Dinner will take place on February 21, 2017.

Our nationally recognized scholarship program is held in the spring. Scholarship recipients are identified in February and recognized at an April ceremony. Scholarships include the Lauren A. Woods Graduate Fellowship, the Wayne C. Hall Undergraduate Scholarship, the Susan E. Kennedy Graduate Scholarship, the Robert G. Davis Service Scholarship, and the graduate and undergraduate scholarships given by the College and the schools. You can find more detailed scholarship information here. At last year’s ceremony, $38,600 in scholarship money was awarded to 52 undergraduate and graduate students in the name of Phi Kappa Phi. This year’s Scholarship Ceremony will be held on April 25, 2017 at the VMFA.

Thank you for your interest in Phi Kappa Phi.



James E. Mays, Ph.D.

President, Phi Kappa Phi chapter 193 

Associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs

College of Humanities and Sciences